As is the case with every other workout, do remember to perform a few warm up exercises such as jumping jacks or 10-15 minutes on the jump rope!
This simple exercise is a favorite muscle strengthener! Stand with your feet apart. They should be spaced at shoulders distance from each other. Now imagine that there is a chair behind you. Push your shoulders back, keep your neck straight as you gaze ahead and bend your knees until your body is in a sitting position. Hold this squatting position for 10 counts and then lift yourself up to the original standing position again. Repeat this indoor exercise at least 10 to 15 times per set. Limit yourself to 3 sets.
The plank is a great home exercise to strengthen and tone your core abdominal muscles. Lie face down on the floor or exercise mat. Place your forearms on the mat, but keep your elbows in place right below your shoulders. Extend your legs straight out behind you and keep your feet placed together. Now lift yourself up, all the while making sure that your abdominal muscles are tucked in and your neck and back are well-aligned. Maintain the pose for 1 minute or as long as you possibly can.
All of us have some experience with performing pushups, so this indoor exercise should not be hard to practice at all! Lie face down on the floor. Keep your feet slightly apart, but parallel to each other. Position your hands on the floor a little further than shoulder width apart. Keep your abdominal muscles tucked in as you use your hands to push your body up about an inch off the floor. Bring your body back down into the initial position and repeat at least 10 to 15 times in each set. Limit yourself to 3 sets.
Lunges are a great indoor exercise to build up strength and endurance! Position yourself in a standing pose with your feet placed at a slight distance from each other. Take a deep step forward with your right leg until both your right and left knees are bent to 90 degree angles. Step back to the starting position and repeat with the left leg.
The pop-up abs indoor exercise is a highly effective way to tighten and strengthen your core abdominal muscles. Spread out your exercise mat and lie down on it with your face towards the ceiling. Stretch your arms out behind you and extend your legs straight out in front of you. Now push yourself up in a fetal position so that your heels come in contact with your gluteus muscles. Perform 10 to 15 repetitions in each set. Limit yourself to 3 sets.
A gym membership is not a pre-requisite for getting in shape! Sure, having fancy fitness machinery and qualified personal trainers at your disposal has a certain charm to it, but indulging in simple indoor exercises can render you just as fit and strong! The beauty of indoor exercises is the ease with which they can be performed at any time you please. Bad weather, lack of time, hectic schedule, too lazy to go to the gym; the reasons for skipping a fitness session at the gym are numerous. With home workouts all you need is a few simple, readily available pieces of equipment (sometimes you don’t even need that!) and 30 to 45 minutes anytime during the day. It might take a few days to get into the flow of performing indoor exercises, but in time your home exercises will fit themselves into your routine with ease!