Who says you need fancy equipment to get a solid workout? Whether you’re travelling, can’t get to your local gym, or prefer exercising at home, here are some fun all-around full body workout, no gym required. The combination of strength and toning workouts are sure to get your heart pumping and your endorphins flowing.
The Warrior 3
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This yoga move tests balance tones your legs and strengthens your core muscles.
How to do it: Stand with the feet together, then lift your left leg with a pointed toe, put your body weight on your standing, right leg. Continue to lift your leg and drop your head and torso so your body forms a straight horizontal line from head to toe with the arms at your sides. Make sure the left thigh, hip, and toes are aligned. Remain facing down and keep your back as straight as possible. Hold this position for 5 breaths and then slowly return to standing. Switch legs and repeat.
Low belly leg reach
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This move targets your abdomen and corset muscles. The corset muscles lie beneath the obliques and are your body’s natural weight-lifting belt.
How to do it: Lie face up with your knees at a 90-degree angle, hands behind head, and abs contracted. Keeping your knees over hips, lift shoulders and crunch inhale and hold for 5 seconds. Exhale and extend your legs to a 45-degree angle and hold for 5 seconds. Do two sets of 10-15 reps.
This yoga move is ideal for testing your balance and activating your lower body muscles to maintain balance.
How to do it: Bend your knees slightly crossing your right leg over your left high at the thigh, then double cross it behind the left calf, if double-crossing your legs is too challenging just cross once at the thigh. Wrap your right arm under your left and back over top pressing your palms together.
Sink lower, bending your knee slightly while leaning forward at the waist. Hold for 5 breaths, then repeat with arms and legs reversed.
Take the traditional plank exercise to the next level with this challenging modification. It is amazing for your upper body and core.
How do you do it? Stand with your feet a shoulders-width apart, bend forward at the waist and place your hands on the floor and crawl to the plank position with shoulders directly over your wrists. Bend elbows to lower your body toward the floor, then push back up. Next, bend your left knee, bring it up and in toward your chest, then rotate your waist as you raise your bent left leg out until it’s parallel to the floor. Return to plank and repeat on the opposite side.
Now you can do some fun excercises in the comfort of your own home. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to use these to fight off that festive bloat.