Time to feel the burn! What you heard weren’t just overly excited screams, it’s your inner voice telling you to get up and exercise. But what should you start with? Maybe you can’t afford to go to the gym or don’t have time to jog every day. But don’t worry, we’ve got a list of easy exercises that you can do quickly and without much trouble. There’s NO excuse as all of them can be easily done in the comfort of your home in barely 10 minutes.
This is a classic that everyone must’ve been forced to do at some point. The process of having to put all your weight on your arms and feet causes your whole body to tense up and is part of the reason why it was cemented as a classic.
For this exercise you have to get down on all fours and place your hands on the floor so that they’re slightly wider than and in line with your shoulders, feet close together. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor and then push yourself back to the starting position. Make sure to keep your hips lifted and your core braced the entire time.
To prevent shoulder injuries, make sure that you tuck in your elbows to be close to your chest and this will ensure that you’re getting a tricep workout, rather than your biceps.
Second Position Pliés
This move originated in ballet and aside from sculpting and toning your thighs and gluts, it also gives you leaner legs and can even help with your balance. It’s also really easy too, all you have to do is stand with your feet wide apart and your toes turned out.
Then you lower down your body until your thighs are completely parallel with the floor. Finally, bring your hands down to your waist and lower your shoulders before going back to your original pose. Feel free to go onto your tiptoes and if you’re just starting out, you may want to be next to a wall or a chair for support. Then, rinse and repeat.
Squat with Lateral Shoulder Raises
This exercise does require you to use dumbbells and it helps to shape up your legs, butt and shoulders. The initial position for it is the same as in the Second Position Plies, though this time you’ll be holding those dumbbells. The process basically requires you to lower yourself into a squat, putting all your weight on your heels as you lift your arms up till their in the same height as your shoulders. Do make sure the dumbbells aren’t too heavy, and it’s recommended you start with 1-2 kg. Wouldn’t want to overexert yourself after all!
Now this one is really going to make you feel the burn in your core muscles. The bicycle is an exercise that focuses on working the abdominals. To do this exercise, simply lay down on the floor and put your hands behind your head, close to your ears.
You then have to lift your legs high and lift yourself up while bending your legs like you would a bicycle. When you raise yourself up, you also have to make sure to have your elbow touch the leg that you’re bending (so if you’re bending your left leg then your right elbow has to touch the leg).
Note: you should not be straining your neck for this exercise. If you feel any strain, it means that you’re not relying on your abdominal muscles to lift your upper body up. When that happens, just lie back and try again, focusing on using your abs to lift and stay up.
Well, this one has a nice name, at least one that makes you fill up with pride. The Super Woman is a pretty simple exercise all things considered. All you have to do is lay down on the floor and extend your arms and legs before raising them up as if you were flying in the air. The trick to this is that you’re using your stomach and bending your back in order to support yourself, so it’s a good way to work the lower back.
This isn’t even the half of it. There are still many more exercises that you can do and that we can show. But it’s probably best we just leave you with these five for now and see how you can handle it. Make sure to try them out!
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