With remote working being the norm these days, it’s easy to let work consume you. And even easier to resort to a sedentary lifestyle. Afterall, at the end of a long working day, it’s a tough choice to make between sliding over to your couch to Netflix and wanting to stay fit.
That said, the fact of the matter is that your health will falter if you don’t make an honest effort to adopt a more active lifestyle. So as you navigate from one video call to another and stay on top of your game, here’s an easy guide to make your mind and body feel great.
These easy at-home workouts don’t need a gym, any equipment or a trainer. Just find yourselves some time to stick to a routine, and you are good.
One of the oldest and most common strength-building exercises, Push-ups work your triceps, pectoral muscles, and shoulders.
With your hands shoulder-width apart, place your palms on the floor and extend your legs to the back. Lower your chest slowly to the ground by bending your elbows until it is about to touch the floor and push back to the initial position.
Squats will help you build strength, muscles, and work wonders for people who want to shed some fat.
Stand upright with your feet hip-width apart, and your toes slightly pointed outward. Keep your hands raised straight in front of you and your chest upright. Slowly lower your body until your hamstrings touch your calves and go back up again.
One of the most intense full body exercises, Burpees increase your strength, flexibility and facilitate fat burning.
Stand upright with your feet apart. Go to the squat position with your hands touching the floor. Quickly extend your legs behind you, touch the floor with your chest, and keep your palms flat on the floor. Push your body up, go back into the squat position, and do a small jump.
A basic cardiovascular exercise, Jumping Jacks involves jumping in one spot with coordinated leg and arm movements.
Jump to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands going overhead. Return to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides.
Planks are great for building core strength, increasing balance, and defining the abdominal muscles.
Start in the push-up position, but put your forearms on the ground instead of your hands. Keeping a neutral spine and neck, tighten your abdominal muscles, and squeeze your glutes. Maintain a straight line with your body and hold this position for as long as you can.
Lunges is a lower-body strength exercise that focuses on your legs.
You can do a lunge by taking the position where one leg is positioned forward with the knee bent and foot flat on the ground while the other leg is positioned behind.
An upper-body strength exercise, the Overhead Press targets the shoulders.
Usually done with resistance, the Overhead Press is done by taking a barbell or any other weight and putting it in a racking position. The weight is then pressed overhead. The exercise can be performed sitting or standing; standing recruits more muscle groups to maintain balance and support the lift
Tricep dips will help you build strength in your arms and burn any unwanted fat in them.
Start by placing your palms on the floor with your elbows bent, positioning them slightly behind your hips. With your feet firmly planted on the ground, raise your hip off the floor to a couple of inches. Push the ground with your palms until your elbows are fully extended and go back to the previous position and repeat.
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