Fitness should play an important part in everyone’s lives, however, it often takes a backseat because of work or other duties that hold priority over keeping a lean and fit body. Well, this shouldn’t be the case anymore as we are giving you 5 simple exercises you can do at home to remain fit and energetic. All you need is 20 spare minutes and a kickass attitude, simple enough eh?
We often underplay the importance of fitness in our lives, making it a second priority to work. Most people have the misconception that the process of keeping fit can be quite time-consuming. Well, we are about to tell you 5 simple exercises that require only 20 minutes and a kickass attitude. Not much, eh?
Two important things you must remember are that before you begin, you need a 5-minute warm-up routine and after you finish you need to cool down with a 5-minute stretch. This mantra will prevent injury and make your workouts more effective.
Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s begin, this speedy workout is all you need to burn those calories and lose any extra weight.
Jumping jacks – 2 sets [each set will have 20 repetitions]
If you’ve heard that jumping jacks is great for any at-home cardio workout, then you’ve heard right. Begin by standing straight with arms at the sides, jump to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overheard [you can clap while doing, just for a bit of motivation] and then return to original position.
Squats to a great way to build your leg muscles and can improve your upper and lower body strength. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands stretched out in front of you. Jump up and lower yourself by bending your knees and sit with your knees bent. Make sure you keep your back straight and don’t let your knees extend over your toes. Repeat this for 20 counts.
This exercise starts with a downward dog position, a favourite among most yoga students. This post is great for stretching the lower back, hamstrings, lower legs and feet. Kneel on the floor and bring your feet together behind you. Slowly bend forward to place your palms flat on the mat, positioning your hands shoulder-width apart. Push your body up with your hips pointed towards the ceiling. While holding this pose walk your feet up and down and after you get used to this movement, do it faster mimicking a climbing motion. Do this for 20 counts.
Planks with a twist
This pose starts with a plank. Hold the plank for 5 counts, then jump to the front where your hands are placed and stand up. Twist your body to the right and then to the left and jump back into plank position. Repeat this for 20 counts.
Lie on your back and put your hands behind your head [similar to when you’re doing an ab crunch], begin a cycling motion with your legs and at the same time bring your right elbow to meet the left knee. Do this for 20 counts, moving as quickly as possible, making sure your legs are parallel to the ground while cycling.
That’s it. You’re done!
If you haven’t broken a sweat and you don’t feel the burn you, haven’t done enough. Give this work out a try and let us know how you feel after. Also, you can write to us if you want more information on a warm-up routine or a cooling down session.