If you need to get fit and you can’t afford to purchase equipment or join a gym, don’t worry. You can get fit without equipment. Build your strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility in the comfort of your home with nothing but your will power.
Jumping Jacks. Jumping jacks are not just for kids. They are an aerobic exercise that can be done anywhere at anytime. You’ll get a full cardiovascular workout. Get fit without equipment by doing sets of jumping jacks at your convenience. Start off doing jumping jacks for 5 to 10 minutes for one week. During the second week, aim for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch television or listen to the radio while getting fit doing jumping jacks.
Yoga. Although yoga is done at a slow and steady pace, you’ll still get a nice workout. Yoga will increase your flexibility and help with balance. In addition to helping you get fit without equipment, yoga will release stress and enhance mental clarity. Visit your local library for yoga books and DVDS.
Push Ups. Push ups are a great way to strengthen your arms and give your upper body a workout. If you find push ups extremely strenuous, try modifying your position. Instead of keeping your legs fully extended, rest on your knees with your legs crossed at the ankles.
Stair Steps. You don’t need a full set of stairs to participate in step exercises. One step at the entry of your home will do. You could also fold a heavy blanket until it reaches 6 to 8 inches to use for stepping exercises. When using a blanket, you may find it best to go bare feet. Practice stepping forward and backwards at a quick, steady pace. If you have a staircase, walk up and down the stairs for 10 to 20 minutes daily.
Leg Lifts. Doing leg lifts might be one of the most challenging ways to get fit without equipment. In the beginning, your legs will feel as if they are made of steel. But after a week or two, your abdominal muscles and upper thigh muscles will be stronger and firmer making it easier to do leg lifts. Leg lifts can be done standing up, laying down on your back, or laying on one side. Regardless of which position you choose, you’ll get a good workout and burn calories.
Dancing. If you like music, why not turn on the tunes and dance your way to fitness? Dancing is fun whether done alone, with friends, or with the kids. Dance while washing your car. Dance in front of the stove while preparing a meal.Turn on your television and dance along with the stars.
Crunches. Tone your tummy with Crunches. Crunches work the abdominal muscles giving them tone and strength. Crunches are the most common abdominal exercise. Simply lie on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands folded across your chest or behind your head. Then lift your upper body forward towards your knees.
Squats. If you’re already in pretty good shape you’ll probably find squatting a comfortable way to get fit. It you haven’t exercised for while, try doing chair squats. Alternate sitting in a chair and standing up at a steady pace for 15 to 20 minutes.
Lift Weight. Grab a few 16 ounce cans of soup and give your arms a workout. If you don’t have soup, water bottles will do. Repetitious movement of any object weighing a pound or more will tone and strengthen your arms. For a bigger challenge, use gallon sized water jugs.
Get Fit Without Equipment, No Excuses. Stop wishing that you were in better shape and make a commitment to get fit. There are no excuses because you don’t need anything except will power. If you’re in pretty bad shape or have an existing health concern, talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise routines.