Is there such a thing as simple fitness? Is that a concept you have wondered about before? Are we preconditioned as humans to think that fitness and simple can’t be in the same sentence? Combining the two would mean that the world would be explode right?
Actually, I think simple fitness is attainable. No strings attached, no secret investments for large equipment and certainly on requirements to suck up a lot of your time.
Seriously, after 25 years in the fitness world, I have come up with plenty of simple workout tactics that work.
Here’s my top 5 simple fitness ideas that you can do from home, in under 15 minutes with little financial investment and above all, in a simple way!
Edge of the Couch Pushups
Take of a cushion and do pushups off the lip of the couch. Your body should be angled so your feet are on the ground and your hands are a few feet of the ground. This pushup is great for working the top portion of the chest and when combined with the regular pushup you create some magic.
I would suggest, 4 sets of 10 reps – five days a week. The time to complete his is under five minutes in most cases. Can you imagine that? A complete chest workout, five days a week for 52 weeks. Sounds pretty simple to me.
That’s right ladies (because guys don’t cook that much) this one is for you. The difference with this squat is that you use the edge of the counter as handles. Simply stand in front of any counter in your kitchen and extend your arms out.
Hold on while you squat up and down and focus on your lower half doing the work.
The key here is that you squat deeper since you are holding on, which means no only are you working the legs but also the glutes. You give up a little by getting a little with this one and the return on investment is huge.
I would suggest 5 sets of 20 reps each cooking night. Kill two birds with one stone on this one.
I mean literally climbing stairs folks. If you have a basement or upstairs this one is for you. The motion for this one is pretty self-explanatory. Simply run up the steps and once you get to the top you do 20 squats.
Walk down the steps and repeat for 5 sets or until you are spent. I’m telling you right now, this is a fantastic way to burn calories and tone the lower half. Don’t underestimate the power of 8 steps when used the right way.
Television Biceps – Start using television as a way to get in better shape and using dumbbells is a great way to do just that.
Ladies, I would suggest a six to eight-pound set and guys a 20 to 25- pound set.
Pro tip – try to have two sets of different weight on hand.
With dumbbells, you can watch television and work the arms. They are simply a great way to multi-task. The key is to practice good form and don’t use dumbbells that are too heavy. Heavy means that you are not isolating the bicep.
Alternate your right arm from left arm with 10 reps a piece at 4 to 6 sets.
Take advantage of a door in your house with an investment in a resistance band and door anchor. Resistance bands are a tremendous way to not only get a work out from home, but also on the go.
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