Sometimes it’s hard to fit in an hour or two at the gym each day due to our busy lifestyles. If you’re finding it hard to get to the gym but still want to stay in shape and bust that bulge, fear not. We have five quick & easy workouts that you can fit into your daily routine and do in the comfort of your own home.
WORKOUT 1 – CHAIR SQUATS
Squats are an excellent exercise as they tone not only your legs and backside but your entire body whilst helping to burn fat. The beauty of this workout is that it can be done almost anywhere and without the need of a heavy duty squat rack or other equipment.
Simply stand in front of a chair or stool with your feet about hip-width apart. Keeping your back straight and chest forward, slowly bend your knees until your backside touches the surface of the chair. You don’t want to sit on the chair, just hover for a second or two, keeping all of your weight in your heels and your muscles tight. Slowly move back to the starting position, keeping the muscles in your backside and legs tensed. Repeat this movement 10 to12 times, rest for a minute and then start again aiming for 3 – 4 sets.
WORKOUT 2 HIP THRUSTS
Lay on the floor with your knees bent and the soles of your feet to the floor, hip-width apart. With your arms down by your sides, slowly bring your hips up off the floor and raise them to the ceiling as high as you can. Squeeze the muscles in your backside and then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat this movement 10-12 times aiming for a total of 3 – 4 sets.
WORKOUT 3 – BUTTERFLY CRUNCHES
Crunches work the muscles in your stomach and abdomen and help with building core strength and burning unwanted belly fat.
Lie flat on your back with your hands just above the nape of your neck supporting your head. Bring your feet up towards your backside and touch the soles of your feet together. Your knees should be relaxed and close to the floor, this is your starting position. Slowly breathe out and tighten the muscles in your stomach whilst you move your upper back and shoulders off the floor. Make sure you keep your neck relaxed throughout this movement and try to focus your eyes on the ceiling. Keeping the tension in your stomach muscles, hold this position for a second or two before relaxing and returning to the starting position. Repeat 10 to 12 times for a total of 3 -4 sets.
WORKOUT 4 – WALL PUSH-UPS
An innovative take on the traditional push-up!
Stand facing a wall and place your hands flat against the wall just over shoulder width apart. Walk your feet back, coming up onto the balls of your feet and keeping your head, neck, back and bum in alignment. Keep your abs tight and your shoulders down into your back. Then just like a push up on the floor you’re going to bend your elbows, lower your body into the wall and then slowly push away from the wall. Repeat 10 to 12 times.
WORKOUT 5 – OBLIQUE CRUNCHES
This exercise focuses on the sides of your stomach and will help to achieve that womanly hourglass figure.
Lie flat with the soles of your feet to the floor and your knees bent. Place your left ankle on your right knee, ensuring that your hips are level. With your right hand behind your head and your left arm flat on the floor, slowly bring your right shoulder up towards your left knee. Keep your stomach tensed and hold for a second before returning to the starting position. Repeat this movement 10-12 times before switching sides. Aim for 3 sets on each side.
Each of these workouts have been devised for those of us who want to stay fit, feel great and lose an extra few pounds without disrupting your already jam-packed lifestyle. Aim to complete these workouts 3 – 4 times a week and make sure to combine with a healthy balanced diet for the best results. After a couple of weeks, increase the number of repetitions to keep the exercises challenging. You should hopefully begin to see and feel improvements to your body after only a month or two!