No Gym, No Problem

We can all agree that working out at home can be a struggle sometimes. Many of us have no idea how to workout at home without any equipment, but I am going to give you four no-equipment exercises to do at home. Let’s break a sweat!

Bodyweight exercises can be just as effective as the moves you do with equipment. With the help of a little gravity, your own body is an amazing tool for challenging your muscles.

First, let’s start with a killer playlist to get you pumped (I personally like to revert back to my favorite high school hits—for some reason it keeps me going)! Ready? Let’s move! Try these 4 basic exercises, in order, for a 15-minute workout. Cue in the song, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” …

• 10 Push-ups
• 15 Triceps dips
• 20 Sit-ups
• 25 Air Squats

Congrats, you did it! Keep a journal or a schedule of your workouts to keep yourself accountable. I personally love that feeling of strength that comes from these simple moves. Look around the house, you can use any household items to add resistance or lift to build muscle. I like to use common household objects for these exercises— these are all items you probably have at home, too. If you do not have one of these, substitute with something similar in size and weight.

Try these 8 amazing exercises to feel the burn:
• Soccer ball or watermelon ball sit-ups
• Soccer ball Russian twists
• Wine bottle shoulder raises
• Backpack lunges
• Paint can rows
• Water jug bicep curls
• Water jug squats
• BBQ sauce shoulder press

Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help you live longer. Exercise has been proven to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress. It produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. It can also increase brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression.Furthermore, exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety. It can also help them be more aware of their mental state and practice distraction from their fears. In other words, get off the couch. Interestingly, it does not matter how intense your workout is. It seems that your mood can benefit from exercise no matter the intensity of the physical activity. Stay healthy, happy, and well during these uncertain times. Now more than ever, your health is your wealth!

By Sharon Reid
lululemon ambassador | CycleStar @ CycleBar Fort Lauderdale