In economic times like these, where the average person’s day is scheduled to capacity with every second accounted for, going to the gym to exercise can be an elusive goal to achieve. However, given about half an hour of time and the basic structures found throughout the house, anyone can use the gym that they may never have known existed in their own living space. In fact, there are many different ways to target specfic body parts for exercise, without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. Consider doing the following:
- Decline Push-Ups: Doing basic push ups helps to target your triceps and chest in exercise, while also working the entire upper body to a degree. However, if you simply elevate your feet to, say, the top of your bed, you increase the resistance being applied to the exercise and strengthen your upper body more than you would have with a conventional push up.
- Wrist Curls: For this exercise, merely pick up any object of relatively light weight, a gallon of milk perhaps, and grasp firmly with your hand. Rest your forearm on a horizontal surface for stability, and crl the object as many times as possible. Repeat for each arm and then rotate your arm to the opposite side to target the muscles on both sides of your forearm.
- Back Lifts: For this exercise, hold another object of considerable weight firmly between your arms,which should remain crossed over your chest. Then kneel on the ground. From this position, lean over as far as you can and then return to the starting position, remembering to clench your back muscles on the way up to maximize the workout.
- Abdominal Crunches and Leg Raises: Crunches and leg raises are an excellent way to tone and sculpt the abdomen. For a little stability in your workout, lay down next to your couch, or perhaps your bed, whichever has a small lip just big enough for your toes, and perform crunches there. To target the lower abdominal muscles, lay flat on your back and grasp something, a table leg perhaps, for stability. Once in position, keeping both legs and feet closed and elevating your feet as high over your head as possible, in a smooth pendulum-like motion can be an effective way to exercise your lower abdomen.
- Super jumps: One of the most effective ways of exercising your quadriceps and thigh muscles is the super jump. The key here is repetition. The more you do the better the work out your muscles are getting. To perform this exercise, stand with your legs together and crouch down. Then, while keeping your legs in the closed position, jump straight up into the air as high as you can. The repetition of this motion will surely help you to tone the upe muscles of your leg. For safety’s sake, this exercise is recommended for outdoor practice.
- Calf Raises: For this exercise, targeting the calf muscle, stand at the very edge of a stair, most likely the first stair, again for safety’s sake, and hold the rail. Be sure to have only the balls of your feet and your toes on the stair, with the rest of your foot hanging freely from the back of the steps. Next, proceed to raise you body straight up as many times as possible, using only your calf muscles.
If you bear these tips in mind, the next time you are pressed for time, be it before work or any of the multiple other tasks your bombard yourself with throughout your day, you can rest assured that you can accomplish a reasonable workout as long as you have a half hour and your own home at your disposal.
That is truly the workout at your fingertips.