Getting fit does not need to happen at the gym. Although gyms are equipped with the things one might need like best treadmills, it won’t do much for beginners. That’s why for beginners, exercise at home is completely possible. Some actually prefer this as they want to be familiar with the routines first before exposing themselves to other fitness enthusiasts.
To help you, here are some exercises perfect for your beginner exercise at home:
Dumbbell Standing Shoulder Press
Some of the exercises on the list require at least a pair of dumbbells. Of course, if you’re a beginner, the light ones are acceptable. You can just add weight to them when you feel ready.
Dumbbell Standing Should Press is pretty much you standing with a dumbbell in each hand. You straighten your arms above your head, on each side of your face, then you press down until they’re leveled just above your shoulders, with your arms on the sides of your face, elbows facing outwards. Repeat this at least ten times.
You will still need a pair of dumbbells in this exercise. Hold one dumbbell in each hand, facing downwards. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. With that position, do squats. Remember to not arch your back. Do not lean forward, either. Just bend your knees with your chest out and squat. Then go back to your first position. Repeat.
Dumbbell Step Up
You can do dumbbell step up with a bench or your stairs. Just place a dumbbell in your left and right hands. Hold them downwards, and go up and down the steps. The rhythm goes like this: right foot up, left foot up, right foot down, left foot down.
Planking is one of the simplest but hardest and most effective exercises you can do at home. Do a push-up position. Make sure your palms are shoulder-width apart. Your behind should not be up high, and your core should feel the pressure of the position. Ideally, you are to hold this position for at least one minute, but if you’re really a beginner, less is okay. However, do make sure that you add seconds to your time each time you do it.
To maximize the effects of planking, do side planking as well. Instead of putting both your palms on the floor, use one elbow and arms to hold your whole body on the side. Keep one foot on top of the other, and just like your regular planking, and try to hold the position for at least a minute.
Another classic exercise at home is crunches. Lie on your back and bend your legs with your knees pointing upwards. Put your feet under a couch to prevent your legs and feet from going up when you raise the upper half of your body to crunches. There’s no need to go all the way up to your knees. Crunches are only half sit-ups, but do all sides – left, center, and right.
Do not worry about not being able to do a great number for each exercise at the beginning of your fitness journey. What matters is you push yourself to do better and more next time.