5 Workouts you could do if you cannot make it to the gym
You need not run the treadmill, pump weights, or stick to grueling weight training exercises in order to stay fit. In other words, you can keep up with fitness even if you cannot actually make it to a gym. These simple, yet specific indoor/outdoor workouts can be quite effective in helping you accomplish the same goals. Here are a few:
- Cycling: You can do it outdoors or on your stationary cycle at home. Cycling helps with all round fitness, especially working multiple major muscle groups in the legs. What’s even better? Not only does this great workout help you torch calories, it is a great way to socialize too.
- Crunches: You can say goodbye to that annoying muffin top, because crunches are here. This effective exercise requires minimum equipment, just a mat and a good pair of shoes and you’re good to go! It works on a very specific group of ab muscles and gives you the dynamite core you have been dreaming of all along.
- Yoga: If all round fitness, stress relief, and inner peace and harmony are what you have been looking for, yoga is the answer for you. There are a large variety of asanas that work specific muscle groups in the body. They help with weight loss as well as with better flexibility and posture. Yoga requires practice and training, but if you wish to start off, you can choose from innumerable Yoga DVDs available in stores too.
- Monkey Jumps: All you need is 30 reps of monkey jumps and you are on your way to a stronger lower body. This immensely fun exercise melts fat quickly, boosts metabolism, increases flexibility, and tones the legs and thighs.
- Step Ups: Even something as simple as ascending/descending a staircase can help tone up leg muscles. If you want to add some fun, stand at the edge of the step with one of your feet hanging off it. Start moving up and down while on resting your foot on your toes and you will feel the calf muscles getting worked up.
Furthermore, a healthy, protein-rich diet with lots of fluids, and good portion control play as much of a role in fitness as workouts do. A healthy body is the desired outcome of good food and exercise. One doesn’t necessarily work without the other.