One of the biggest things that prevent people from exercising is the fact that they think they need to go to a gym filled with judgmental stares or buy expensive equipment in order to get in shape. That is not the case!
If you put your mind to it, you can find all kinds of fun ways to get your daily dose of exercise without having to spend a cent. We have made a list of 10 suggestions to get you started, but the possibilities are endless!
- Walking –
A brisk walk along the beach, through the park, up a mountain trail, or even just around your neighborhood is the easiest way to get that blood pumping! If the weather is bad, and you have a staircase in your home, see how many times you can walk up and down it in 15 minutes! Walking is a great way to see some amazing scenery and to get some exercise at the same time.
- Jumping Jacks –
You might think that jumping jacks are just for kids – but what’s wrong with that? Be a kid again! You can see how many you can do in a certain time, see how fast you can do a certain amount, or even do them in front of the TV while watching your favorite show!
- Push ups –
Most people are not a big fan of this exercise, but you can start out slow. This will help you gradually build up your strength and before you know it you will be doing 100 pushups like it’s a walk in the park!
- Leg Lifts –
Leg lifts are great for the abs and legs, and if you struggle to do them at first, try bending your legs slightly until you are able to do them properly with your legs completely straight.
- Crunches –
Crunches are one of the best exercises for building your abdominal muscles. You don’t have to do a full sit up motion, you just have to go up far enough until you feel the stretch in the muscles. You can work your way up until you are doing the full sit-up motion with ease.
- Jogging In Place –
You might think that it looks stupid, but if it looks stupid and it works – then it’s not stupid! This is yet again a great exercise to do in front of the TV. It is recommended that you wear a pair running shoes as they are designed to help take stress off your knees and legs, not matter what type of running you are doing.
- Squats –
Squats are the best for getting those buns in shape. Start out lowly but make sure that you get the technique right where you keep your back straight, and squat down until your upper legs are parallel to the floor.
- Light Weight Lifting –
No, you still don’t need equipment for this! You can use household items. Start out with a can of tinned food, then work your way up to things like milk bottles or laundry detergent bottles. They key is to do light weight, high repetition. A great way of doing this is once again working out in front of the TV, where you are not focusing on the exercise the whole time. You might find that it is easier to go longer when you are not thinking about it, which means more repetitions are possible!
- Dancing –
Dancing with a partner or even alone is a great way to get some exercise and it is a ton of fun! Not only does it help you get fit, it also puts the spring back into your step and a smile on your face!
- Step Exercises –
A step somewhere around the house or the sidewalk outside is great for different types of step exercises that can help you tone your calves, upper legs, and bottom.