It is always the right time of year to start a new workout regime. Every year as the holidays come to a close and the new year approaches we start hearing so many resolutions about how this is the year we’ll be fit, lose weight and finally feel great. Well, it doesn’t matter if it is the first of the year or the middle of summer or any other month and season. The only thing you need to get started with a strong fitness routine is a bit of determination, a positive attitude and knowledge of a few basic fitness moves.
The Ultimate Home Workout
Gym memberships are expensive and weekly group workout sessions can be challenging to fit into your schedule. Common issues like these are what prevent people from following through with their workout goals. The key to developing a successful workout program is to find one that fits your schedule and is located somewhere that is so convenient that you won’t have a reason to skip out on exercise plans.
What You’ll Need to Get Started
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You can get an intense full-body workout without leaving your home, and to do so there is only a handful of equipment and other things that you’ll need. The first and most important thing is a dedicated space. This may be a corner of your living room or a part of your garage or office, but wherever it is, keep all of your equipment there so it is easy to access when it is time to start your workout.
Additional items that you’ll need include hand weights, a yoga mat or towel to prevent slipping on the floor, resistance bands and a jump rope. With just these few items you can start a complete home workout program that will help you get in great shape.
15 Moves for a Total Body Home Workout
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Before you start any of these activities, make sure that you engage in a full body stretch. You can do this by following basic yoga poses or by just following basic stretches to warm up the muscles in your core, upper body and legs. Remember, you don’t need a fancy gym membership to help you lose weight and get in shape. All you need is a great attitude and a little bit of know-how. Here are all the moves you need to get started.
1. The Push Up
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This is one of the most basic exercises, but it is still one of the most faithful for building upper body strength. When doing a push up, make sure that you are keeping your back straight and that you are breathing evenly as you bring your body towards the floor and then back up. Start with five push ups and work your way up.
2. The Plank
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This is a yoga move that is similar to the push up, but minus the movement. To do a plank, set yourself on the floor with your arms outstretched and your back straight. You should be even to the floor as if you were a plank of wood. Hold this move for 45 to 60 second intervals.
3. Side Plank with Arm Raise
As you master the art of staying in plank, add difficulty to the move by transitioning your weight over to one side of your body. Leave your right hand on the floor and transition your body to face towards the left. Then, gradually raise your left arm. If possible, you can raise your left leg, too.
4. The Squat
A great workout for your lower body, you can do squats with hand weights or just with your body weight. With your back straight and your feet hip-distance apart, bend until your knees reach 90 degrees and then slowly raise yourself back up.
This is a good exercise to transition into after the squats. With your feet still hip-width apart, take a large step to your left while bending your knees to a full 90 degrees again. Then, have your right leg follow with the same knee dip. Repeat this for 10 steps in each direction.
6. Forward Lunge
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Another great move for lower body strength, the forward lunge requires you to start in a standing position with your feet together. Then, move your right foot forward about two feet and bend your knee until the right knee is at a 90 degree angle and your left knee is almost touching the floor. Then, stand and bring your left knee to the front. Repeat this motion at least 10 times with each leg.