Ten At-Home Exercises to Stay in Shape

Try these ten at-home exercises to stay in shape.

Stuck inside, but still need to get some exercise?  We’ve got you covered.  You don’t need a gym or to even go outside your home for these favorites.  You can get your heart rate pumping, strengthen your core and tone your muscles right in the comfort of your living room.  Try these ten at-home exercises to stay in shape:

  1. Jumping Jacks. Time to get your heart rate up. Be sure to raise your hands over your head each time, and keep the cardio going for at least one minute.
  2. Sit Ups. Basic, but effective. Aim for 20 to start, and work your way up to 50 once you’re a pro. For maximum effect, try not to tuck your feet under a chair or table for assistance.
  3. Bicycles. Lie on your back feet in the air, knees bent. Place your hands behind your head. Begin pumping your legs in the classic bicycle motion, vigorously, for one minute.
  4. Lunges. This is a fantastic quad toner. Start standing with your feet parallel. Take a big step forward with your right leg, landing with your knee bent and over your toes. Allow your back knee to drop down toward the floor while swinging your left arm forward for balance. Push off your right front foot to return to standing. Do two sets of 10 on each side.
  5. Squats. Back straight, feet slightly turned out. Drop your seat to knee height. Do two sets of 10.
  6. Push Ups. Drop and give me 20. Want some extra resistance?  Let your child sit on your bottom.
  7. Planks. This is one of the best overall bodyweight toning moves you can do. Rest on your elbows and toes, keeping your back and legs straight. Hold for one minute. Every few days increase the time by a few seconds.
  8. High Knees. Jog in place for one minute, lifting each knee as high as you can.
  1. Dips. Sit in a sturdy chair, hands holding the front edge of the seat. Push your bottom forward until it is it suspended in front of the seat and your weight is being supported by your arms. Bend elbows and drop your hips toward the floor. Straighten. Do two sets of 10 dips.
  2. Calf Raises. Face a wall and place your palms against it for balance and support. Rise up onto your toes and back down. Repeat 20 times.

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