At-Home Exercises to Tone Every Part of that Beautiful Body

Whether you’re too shy to go to the gym or too busy to leave the house, finding a fitness routine that works at home can be a struggle. However, exercise is so important as not only does it help to keep you in shape – which prevents a whole lot of wellness problems – but it also does wonders for your mental well-being. So, here are four exercises which you can easily do from the comfort of your own home – no excuses.


1. The Lateral Shuffle. This is essentially a routine of side-stepping but, when done quickly, can increase your agility and coordination and give you a good cardio workout. Take a step to the side with your right foot, and then carry your left foot to where your right foot was. As your left foot comes down, move the right foot to the right again, and continue until you want to switch back and go the other way. This engages your glutes, hip flexors, quads, calves and hamstrings, but remember you should keep your feet parallel to the direction you are moving.


2. Push ups. This is a classic for a reason; it’s a great workout for your chest and triceps. With your hands on the floor so that they’re slightly wider than and in line with your shoulders, and your feet close together, lower your body so that your chest nearly touches the floor, making sure you keep lifted and your core is braced. Then, as the name suggests, push yourself back up and repeat.


3. The Single. When you are standing on your left foot with your knee slightly bent, lift your right foot behind you so that it is parallel to the floor. Then, try to lower your upper body as far as you can, bending forward at the hips. If you’re really good at it, you should be making a “T”, with your left leg being the vertical line. Push your body to the starting position, using your glutes to push your hips forward instead of your back. This exercise is excellent for toning your glutes and activating your core, but you must remember to keep your core engaged and your chest up for the entire movement.


4. The Plank. This is your secret weapon for shrinking your waist and toning your arms. From the plank position, walk your hands up into a full push-up position, keeping your back straight, abs engaged and your legs together. Then, simply walk your hands back down to plank.

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