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Making your HOME into your GYM

You do not need an expensive gym membership to get fit. Actually, you don’t even need equipment at all. This article will discuss the various ways you can use to tone your muscles and improve your fitness!

Exercise 1: Bodyweight Squat

body-weightThis exercise can be included in just about any workout, no matter your level of skill and fitness. For a first timer, it would be advisable to consider having a more experienced person by your side to ensure you perform the squats correctly.

Body squats strengthen and tone nearly all body muscles. Strengthening these muscles are imperative for walking needs since you need to have considerable strength in your legs. Additionally, developing muscles directly results in an increase in the body’s metabolism, which also results in burning off lots of calories. This makes it an ideal exercise for losing weight!

How to Do the Exercise:

Stand in an upright position with your feet spread a little wider than your shoulder width. Hold your arms stretching out in front of your body, while remaining parallel to the floor. Keep your torso upright during the entirety of the movement in the lower back arched slightly. Brace your abs and lower your body by pushing your hips backwards and bending the knees. Pause and return to the starting position. Repeat the routine.

Exercise 2: Hip Raise

exercises-for-women-hip-raisesIt is easy to overlook this exercise since it looks more fitting for a yoga studio rather than a weight room. However, don’t be so quick to discount this exercise! While easy on the eye, it is considered by the top trainers as one of the most imperative exercises you can do. This is because it works both your core and glutes.

How to do the Exercise:

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat. Place your arms out to your sides, at a 45-degree angle with your palms facing up. Make your tummy as skinny as it can and hold it – this tightens your core- while breathing normally. Maintaining the core tight, crunch your glutes and raise your hips until your body is aligned from the keens to the shoulders. Pause for about 5 seconds while still squeezing your glutes and return to the starting position.

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