There are so many people who want to exercise but they can’t find enough time for it. Going to the gym, paying the membership, it all seems so troublesome. Exercising should not be your obligation which you have to do. It should be your hobby, a way of life, something you enjoy doing. If you feel the most comfortable at home, here are some simple exercises you can do at home in 5 minutes. You will be burning your calories, and they won’t take away a lot of your time. If you start enjoying your workouts, you can always make them a bit more complex.
Simple Exercises You Can Do At Home In 5 Minutes
1. Inverted V Pipe/Downward Dog
If you know anything about yoga, then you must have heard of the pose called “downward dog.” The downward dog or the inverted v pipe is one of the best exercises to strengthen your core. It will give your abs a good workout and burn your fat. If you are a beginner, try holding this pose for 30 seconds. Push your heels into the mat and push your hands against the mat. Make sure that your fingertips are spread and that your heels touch the ground – it’s alright if they can’t. You will get there in time.
2. The Superman
The Superman will do wonders for your middle and lower back, as well as your glutes. This exercise will become your favorite in no time. In order to do this exercise correctly, lay face down, put your hands above your head, palms down. When you are ready, lift both your legs and arms and squeeze your glutes as tight as you can. Hold for 30 seconds. It will be hard at first, and you may not make it the entire 30 seconds. But, don’t worry, you will work your way up over time. Don’t be surprised if you feel some lower back pain. It is perfectly normal, as long as it does not feel too painful and makes you uncomfortable.
3. Squat Jump
It’s no secret that squats will build you the perfect booty. If you want to burn some calories while working on your booty, put a spin on things by adding a jump. It is important that you do your squats the right way. An improper squat can cause lower back issues. To do a squat properly, start with your feet a bit farther than shoulder width apart. Bend down until you feel like you are sitting in an invisible chair and keep your back straight. You want your thighs to be parallel with the floor. Add the jump as you start coming up. And, that is it! Try doing ten of this for a start, and slowly increase the number of reps.
4. Push-Up & Knee Kick
Working out your entire body is important. You should not only focus on one area. In order to get the best results, you need to exercise all parts of your body – not just your abs and booty. Adding some push-ups to your workout is great. However, you can exercise your abs while doing push-ups. How? Simply perform a normal push-up, and as you are coming up bring your knee up to your chest. Switch your legs and start off with 10 push-up knee kicks.
5. Skipping Rope
If there was only a way to burn fat without running around your neighborhood. Well, there is, and this exercise will take you back to those good old days. Jumping rope will get your heart beating, blood flowing, improve your coordination, and have an even better effect than running. Professional boxers jump rope all the time. You can start with 50 jumps and gradually increase them.
Bridges are great for working out your glutes. Lay down on your pack, bend your knees and bring them as close to your thighs as possible. Then, raise your butt by pushing through your heels and squeezing your butt, and get back down. You can do a couple of these before the grand finale – squeezing your booty and pushing your hips up for at least 30 seconds.
These simple exercises do not take a lot of your time but are very effective. Mix and match them as you see fit. Whenever you start feeling comfortable when doing a certain exercise, kick it up a notch. Great changes happen only when you are out of your comfort zone. If you are feeling really adventurous, do these simple exercises two times a day – when you wake up, and before you go to bed. Working out is all about creating habits.