Have you ever wanted to start exercising but couldn’t find the motivation to go to the gym?
While going to the gym is a great way to get into the headspace of exercising, if you don’t have time to make the commute, it can be difficult to fit into your schedule. Luckily, there are plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home!
While you may think that you need special equipment for a proper workout, some of the most effective exercises can be done with only the weight of your body.
Before we recommend any of these exercises, if you are more prone to injuries or have had previous injuries, you should consult your primary care provider at Parkchester Medical about how and when you should exercise.
So without further ado, let’s get to exercising!
You know what they say: Never skip leg day!
One great leg exercise you can do at home are squats, which target your quads, thighs, glutes, calves, core, and hamstrings. Squats are great for beginners as it’s a balanced exercise without much need for coordination.
Another great exercise are lunges, which target the glutes, calves, quads and hamstrings. These require a little more coordination but are great for building muscle mass and working your legs!
Your arms are how you mainly interact with the things around you, so it’s important to keep them strong and healthy!
One of the most popular and effective arm workout is push-ups! Push-ups target your triceps, chest, and shoulders.
In fact, push-ups are also the best way to work your chest muscles, with other variations of push-ups targeting specific muscle groups!
One key tip for push-ups is to keep your back straight and engage your core for the most effective workout!
Another great workout is planks. While planks target your core, they also work the arms. Adding variations like side-planks and plank taps are great ways to target specific muscle groups!
Exercising your back muscles is key to preventing back pain.
One great back exercise is called the superman, which involves lying on your stomach and lifting both your outstretched hands and feet at the same time.
Push-up holds are also a great back exercise where you stay at the lowered position for longer, allowing your back muscles to activate.
Keeping your shoulders fit and healthy is very important in day-to-day tasks.
One great shoulder exercise is dips. Luckily, all you need for this exercise is a sturdy chair. This targets not only your shoulders but also your arms, making for a great at-home upper body exercise!
Now, we’ve only listed a few exercises that we think are great for at home workouts. There are so many more possibilities with variations and some light equipment.
And before you try any of these exercises, we would also like to recommend that you stretch before any workout to avoid injury and consult your physician.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can visit our website parkchestermedical.org or you can call (718) 828-6610.