6 Super Easy Home Workout Moves To Keep You Fit And Healthy
The frequent lockdowns owing to the coronavirus pandemic have made most of us a bit lazy (and unfit) over this past year. All the Netflix and chill for weeks and months has certainly left an impact on our bodies, and it would be prudent to go back to the healthy ways as soon as we can.
While a lot of people are still hesitant to hit the gym owing to the coronavirus – and rightly so – there are easy home workout exercises that can keep you fit and healthy on a daily basis. We talked to an exercise physiologist from San Diego, Pete McCall, who suggests that even a ten-minute workout with nothing but your body weight as equipment can do wonders to keep you fit and healthy. He suggests doing these moves as many times as you possibly can in a minute, and then rest for 30 seconds before you move on to the next exercise.
You need to stand with your feet around hip-width apart, hands at your chest level, and the elbows slightly bent. Then, take your right foot to your right side and bend your knee at about 90 degrees, with your butt sinking backward, as shown in the image. Go back to the start position. This time, do the same steps with your left leg. Continue with the exercise for a minute.
A side lunge helps in strengthening your glutes, hamstrings, and quads, as well as working out your outer and inner thighs (which are your abductor and adductor muscles).
If you are still working your way up to full push-up, start by getting down on all fours, with your arms in a straight position, and your hands directly below your shoulder straps. Then, lift your feet gently off the ground and cross the ankles. If you are already doing full push-ups easily, start with the plank position and bend your elbows in a backward manner – not towards the sides – and then slowly lower your chest downwards. Push up to the original position and then repeat the same for a minute.
Pushups help in strengthening a lot of core muscles: they workout the triceps, the shoulders, and the chest. Irrespective of whether you drop the knees or do a full plank push-up, you will benefit from this exercise.
Squats are a good way to begin your exercise session. Start with 60 sets of squats. You need to stand apart with your feet around the hip-width and bend your knees at a right angle while pushing your butt backward at the same time. Stand and go back to the original position and repeat the same move for a minute.
Squats are great for everyone, especially for someone who spends most of their day sitting. It is great for your hamstrings and glutes, and also allows your hips to stretch.