One of the most crucial parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is, of course, exercising. However, it can also be one of the hardest parts. Finding the motivation to go to the gym at times can feel like the biggest challenge. Not to mention when it’s cold or raining outside, making it even more tempting to just get back into bed and not be bothered with going outside. Well, we’re here to tell you that there is a simple solution to your problem, and that is a workout you can do in your living room. There is a seemingly endless amount of exercises you can do with no equipment and they are just as effective as working out in a gym. In fact, bodyweight exercises are a great way to build up some strength before you start lifting heavier weights. Aside from all that, working out at home will save you precious time as well. The only thing you need to do is throw on some sweats and get to the living room. This ten-minute workout needs no equipment – just a little space and yourself.
This workout is very simple, but don’t be deceived: it’s still the right amount of challenging. It consists of several exercises. Once you’ve done all of them, that’s one round. This particular workout calls for four rounds, but we suggest you adjust the level to your own abilities. If it feels too difficult, you can do as many rounds as you can.
- Bodyweight squats: This is a classic move. It works out your glutes as well as your thighs. Just stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees while lowering your thighs down to be parallel to the floor. Make sure your knees don’t go forward past your ankles. Instead, make believe you’re sitting down, slowly. Then stand back up – take your time! You’ll start to feel it a few reps in.
- Knee push-ups: Another basic exercise, push-ups are relatively simple and strengthen so many muscles all at once. Start in a high plank position on the ground with your wrists underneath your shoulders and lower your knees down to the floor. Lower your entire body down – slowly, and lift yourself back up using just your arms by bending your elbows back. And repeat. This variation is a great way to build up the strength to do full push-ups eventually.
- V sit-ups: A serious move for a stronger core, start by sitting on the floor. Lift your feet off the ground and extend them in front of you while leaning back slightly. Keep your hands by your hips flat on the floor for added support. Straighten your legs forward while leaning back slightly and bring your knees in towards your chest. As you raise your torso back to the starting point, keep your back straight.
- Mountain climbers: Begin at a high plank position with your wrists under your shoulders. Make sure your body is in a straight line right to your toes, with your core tight. Lift your right knee up into your torso, and then the left knee while returning the right one back simultaneously. Alternate the knees at your own speed – the faster, the better.
Do each exercise for 30 seconds, and when you complete an entire round, rest for 30 seconds, and then start the next round. See how many rounds you can complete! This simple and effective workout will definitely make you feel as if you went to the gym.