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10 Best Exercises to Do at Home

In today’s busy world, it seems difficult to devote time to maintaining a consistent workout regime amidst growing family responsibilities and increasing job pressure. Though we are aware of reaping multiple benefits from exercising regularly, we hardly make time for it. The pandemic has added up to this as it has forced us to be cocooned within the four walls of our homes with limited scope for physical activities.

The good news is that it’s not always necessary that you have to hit the gym or go outdoors for a walk or jog to stay fit. Here we bring you the 10 best exercises to do at home that will ensure fitness.

1. Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks are one of the best easy-to-do warm-up exercises as they have manifold benefits. It elevates your mood and relieves you from stress. It keeps your heart healthy and makes your bones strong.

The best thing about this exercise is that you can do it anytime, anywhere.

It tones up your body muscles and boosts your stamina. It also adds to your flexibility and aids in weight loss.

Depending on the intensity, you can burn around 100-200 calories by doing this simple exercise.

How to do it?

Stand tall, keep your feet together with arms on the sides. Jump while spreading your legs apart and raise your arms sideways above your head. Then jump back to the starting position. Slowly, increase the speed and bend your knees a little to land gently.

2. Forward Lunges

Forward lunges are a great lower body exercise that tones your quads, glutes, calves, and hamstrings. Being one of the most popular strength training exercises, they strengthen your back and abs as well.

Also, if you are looking to lose some weight, you must include it in your exercise routine. This exercise helps you to improve your balance and overall flexibility of the pelvic area.

How to do it?

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and arms by your sides. Start with your right leg. Take a big step forward and bend your knee until both your knees make a 90-degree angle while bringing your arms to clasp in front of your body. Be careful not to extend your right knee beyond the toes and keep your rear knee parallel to the ground.

Press on your right heel to lift your leg and return to the starting position. Now repeat the same with your left leg.

3. Side Lunges

In addition to the benefits of forward lunges, side or lateral lunges help tone your thigh muscles.

How to do it?

While doing side lunges, instead of stepping forward you step sideways.

Stand straight with your legs hip-width distance apart. Take a wide step towards your right. Bend your right knee while pushing your hips back and keep both your feet flat on the floor throughout the lunge.

Return to the starting position and repeat it with your left leg.

4. Squats

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Want to move easily throughout the day while walking, climbing stairs, or bending to pick up stuff from the floor, or tying your shoelace? Include squats in your daily workout plan and experience its benefits.

Squats help you exercise many of your upper and lower body muscles and can be done with or without weights. They exercise your quads, hamstrings, calves, abs, lower back, and glutes.

Squatting not only make your muscles stronger but also strengthens your heart and lungs. It improves your body’s flexibility and strengthens your bones. As squatting involves your hips, knees, and ankles, it strengthens your joints too. It improves your digestion and helps shed those extra kilos as it burns calories faster.

How to do it?

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your spine straight. Bend your knees and push your hips back to make a sitting on a chair position. Make sure your thighs parallel the ground and your knees don’t extend your feet. Bring your arms in front of your body to a comfortable position. Pause and get back to the starting position.

5. Planks

Well, we all aspire to have a tight tummy but not many of us have it.

No worries, as we can slowly get there by including planks in our daily exercise regimen. Not only does it help you get a flat belly but also it is good for those who experience back pains due to sitting for long hours.

Planks help you to get stronger abs, shoulders, neck, and back. It improves your body balance and posture while making you agile. It also improves your metabolism.

How to do it?

Begin with a push-up position with your palms and toes firm on the floor. Keep your back straight and tighten your core and ensure your body makes a straight line from head to toes. Tuck your chin and look straight. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds. Relax and repeat.

6. Mountain Climbers

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Mountain climbers work out almost your entire body and help you maintain a healthy heart. It also helps improve agility. While doing mountain climbers you exercise your shoulders, arms, chest, abs, lower back, glutes, quads, and hamstrings. In short, it is one of those rare exercises that serves to be a total body workout.