What comes to your mind when you first think about fitness?
The idea of fitness has completely changed over the years and it has become more about equipment, nice physiques, and expensive gym memberships. But the real question here is whether this is even real fitness!
Fitness started as something that was supposed to keep people healthy and in good shape. For that, you literally don’t need any other stuff but the will to get up and get fit. Here we present to you eight exercises that you can perform easily and change the change the way you live your life.
8 Simple Exercises You Can Perform Anywhere
Lunges are the first in line. Lunges are performed on one leg at a time, which is known as unilateral training. Unilateral training improves your balance and coordination, rather than simply developing strength. Lunges engage a lot of core muscles, which are vital for balance and posture.
Planks are the perfect exercise that engages both the lower as well as the upper body. Planks are undoubtedly the best exercise for proper core conditioning. Remaining in the same position for a longer duration increases strength, improves balance and supports proper posture.
3. Push Ups
One of the most common exercises around, push ups are undoubtedly the best when it comes to engaging chest muscles. Push ups also work the triceps, so keep those elbows close to your body.
Supermans are the best weightless exercise without weights to engage back muscles. If done regularly, Supermans can be a blessing for people with lower or upper back pain, especially senior citizens. Back muscles generally tend to weaken with age, so we would consider this as being a compulsory exercise.
5. Mountain Climbers
Mountain climbers are great because they provide lots of arm and leg work. They also improve blood circulation in the body and will increase your flexibility.
They promote agility development, build strength as well as your endurance, and it helps improve coordination between your muscles.
Check out this mountain climber how-to:
6. Jumping Squats
If you want to have toned calves and quads, jumping squats will act as a great tool in helping you achieve that. It doesn’t only help to build muscles but they are also great for burning body fat. We know the workout must be getting tough by now, and it would be hard to perform it for a whole minute, but squeeze out as many reps as possible.
Jumping squats promote a better brain-to-muscle connection (due to the technical aspect requiring both to work hand in hand) and increase motor balance, which otherwise decreases with age.
7. Alternating Side Lunges
Now that we have targeted the quads, it’s time to target the adductors and abductors. Performing alternating side lunges is the best way to engage these muscles. Almost all of your muscles in your body have been worked hard, so keep pushing.
End your workout by performing burpees. Burpees engage almost every muscle in your body and are a great way to start as it raises body temperature and softens the muscles, resulting in a smaller chance of having an injury during the workout.
Check out this burpee how-to if you’re unfamiliar with this exercise: