Most people have very hectic schedules that going to the gym is nearly impossible. But as they say, "If there's a will, there's a way".
To help you with that, here are a few great exercises that you can try and combine, along with some of their benefits, to get the total-body fitness you want to achieve.
A type of plyometric exercise, jumping jacks is a great exercise for cardio endurance. This exercise helps you run faster and jump higher.
Aside from the fun factor it gives, jumping jacks have a lot of benefits. Among of which are:
- Relieves stress
- A great warm-up exercise
- Good for the heart
- Improves stamina
- Tones muscles
- Aids in weight loss
** Pro-tip: Jumping Jacks strengthen your hip flexors, glutes, quads, and calves. **
Sit-ups are considered one of the classic total-body workouts. This may be very difficult at first, but the benefits this exercise can give you is more than what you expect.
Benefits of sit-ups:
- Improved posture
- Core strength
- Reduces the risk of injury and back pain
- Strengthens the hips and abdominal muscles
** Pro-tip: Sit-ups help build and maintain a strong core and is a total-body exercise that benefits all types of movement**
Front leg raise targets your lower abdominal and hip muscles and if done correctly, this exercise helps increase stability and strength.
Benefits of the leg raise exercise:
- Strengthens the core
- Increases the stability of the hip flexors
- Reduces the risk of back injuries
- Boosts balance and stability
- Helps shed those unwanted pounds quickly
**Pro-tip: Leg raise exercise improves the flexibility and strength of your hips and lower back**
This is considered as one of the best full body exercises due to its simplicity and functionality. This is a great alternative to crunches and provides multiple benefits.
Benefits of the plank:
- Helps reduce back pain
- Improves stability and coordination and promotes better movement
- Improves posture
- Strengthens your core
**Pro-tip: Planks engage your legs, arms, and all of your core muscles**
Aside from getting a toned and tight butt, the lunge has plenty of benefits that will have you hooked and continue lunging until your legs give out! This simple, yet effective exercise is great for women who want to tone their legs and butt without dealing with complicated machines at the gym.
Benefits of lunges:
- Tones and tightens your legs and butt
- Strengthens the core
- Enhances hip mobility and flexibility
- Can be done anywhere, anytime
- Improves balance and coordination
**Pro-tip: Lunges are a functional exercise because they impact your every day movements**
Some people may not know, but stair climbing has a lot of health benefits. This exercise is usually a part of our daily activities but what some people don't realize is that climbing stairs is considered a unique form of exercise. You can take the stairs up and down at work, home, school, or any multi-level building. You can start by going for 1-3 levels, then working your way up.
Benefits of stair climbing:
- Reduces the risk of having serious diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity
- Promotes better sleep
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves overall health
- Promotes healthy bones and muscles
- Improves heart health
**Pro-tip: Stair climbing provides holistic benefits and is recommended by doctors worldwide**
Getting fit does not need to be expensive. You don't even need to go to the gym to workout. If you prefer to do your workouts at the gym, that's totally fine, but if you don't have enough budget or extra travel time, but you really want to get fit, there is a lot of excellent but affordable workout equipment that you can use and the great thing is that they are portable so you can bring them with you anywhere!
Start challenging yourself now and you'll realize that the "little things" can go a long way. We hope that these exercises can help you start small but eventually, accomplish more.