How to Exercise without Gym Equipment
Keep in shape when you live far from a gymBy Rue Reynold
With top-of-the-line equipment that seems to target any part of the body you want, it’s no wonder a gym is a popular workout spot. However, home workouts can be just as effective. Here are a few tips that will keep you in shape without the need for a gym.
Lift those legs
Elevating your legs higher than normal when you walk is an everyday gesture you can do to exercise your body. This simple action improves blood flow, reduces inflammation and may lessen swelling.
While you may not have equipment found at gyms, home workouts offer the flexibility of targeting areas of the body with the method that works best for you. Exercises at home can range from yoga to strength training to high-impact cardio at any time of day with or without equipment.
Tighten your core
Engaging your core can be done almost anytime and anywhere. A tightened core reduces strain on the body and decreases the chance of injury, all while burning calories and strengthening muscles. When bracing and tightening your core, it should feel as if your abdominal muscles form a cylinder. Do this while walking, jogging, doing laundry or even sitting at your desk.
Aerobics of your choice
Whether you want to keep in shape or burn calories, keeping your body moving is one of the best things you can do, and aerobics is key. Low-impact examples include swimming or walking. To increase the challenge, try jumping rope or running. Aerobics reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure and improves lung function.
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