Strengthen your major muscles, lungs and heart with this cardio strength circuit that doesn’t require any equipment and can be done in with minimal space. Depending on how much time and energy you have, repeat up to 5 times, resting for 30-60 seconds in between circuits if needed. Here are our chosen Strengthening easy Workouts to do at Home [momi]
S: Scissor jacks (20 reps). Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Jump up and bring right foot forward and left foot back as left arm swings up by ear and right swings arm back. Land softly and then immediately jump again, quickly switching feet and arms in a scissor motion. That’s one rep. Do 20 quick repetitions. This cardio move works the entire body.
T: Tabletop (10 reps). Sit with knees bent and feet hip width apart with hands behind body, fingertips facing in to hips. Brace abs in tight and lift hips off the floor in line with knees and shoulders. Hold for one count and then return to start. Do 10 repetitions. This strength move works the arms and glutes with a major emphasis on the core.
R: Rotating reach (10 reps). Stand with feet hip width, knees slightly bent and arms by sides. Turn body to the right, bending knees and lifting left heel off the floor, reaching left arm down to the floor, bending right elbow back behind body [photo A]. Quickly stand and rotate to the left, extending legs as right arm presses up and to the left, lifting right heel off the floor and bending left elbow behind body [photo B]. That’s one rep. Do 10 repetitions; repeat on opposite side. This move targets the core, arms and legs. [momi]
O: Oblique crunch (10 reps). Stand with feet hip width, knees slightly bent and hands clasped behind head. Brace abs in tight, and keeping elbows open to the sides, lift right knee and twist left shoulder towards leg. Return to start and immediately repeat on opposite side. That’s one rep. Do 10 repetitions. This abs exercise also helps to improve balance and coordination.
N: Narrow squats (20 reps). Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Bend knees and sit back into hips (imagine trying to sit back into a chair), squeezing knees together to engage the inner thighs as arms reach overhead with palms facing in. Form tip: keep chin down towards chest and try to bring arms to the outside of ears to avoid neck strain. Return to start. That’s one rep. Do 20 repetitions. This yoga inspired squat builds leg, core, shoulder and upper back strength.
G: Glute bridge (20 reps). Lie on back with knees bent, hip width apart, feet flexed and arms by sides with palms pressed into the floor. Brace abs in tight and lift hips up, squeezing glutes as pelvis lifts. Hold for one count, and then lower to start. That’s one rep. Do 20 repetitions. This better-booty move is also great for strengthening the core. [jpg]