By Janet Luhrs, www.simpleliving.com
In our high tech world, gear-crazy-gotta-have-the-latest-new-gadget, we sometimes overwhelm ourselves when it comes to working out.
Sure, you can go online and find all kinds of complicated fitness plans, workout regimes, and specialized gear and equipment to use at the gym or at home. But if any of the above also requires intricate instructions, planning and a professional guide, well then, perhaps things have gotten just a bit too complex.
We have simplified it for you with these 5 simple exercises that can be done just about anywhere because they are super easy and don’t require equipment:
- The Low Belly Leg Reach targets your lower abs like few other exercises can! While lying on your back with your knees bent at 90 degree and stacked over your hips, crunch as you lift your shoulders. Hold and inhale for 4 seconds, exhale as you extend your legs to 45 degrees, hold again for 4 seconds and feel the squeeze in your low belly. 2 sets of 10-15 reps.
- Split Drops target your hamstrings, glutes and give you added cardio benefit. Perform this one with explosive movement for full benefit. Starting position is with your feet together and then jump off both feet, landing in a split squat, one foot in front, one in back. This is not a simple lunge exercise. Jump back to the landing position and that is one rep. Continue 20 times.
- Triceps dips and pushups on a bench or chair work those arm muscles that all of us wish were stronger. For triceps, sit with your knees bent and hands flat on the bench alongside of your hips. As you lift your hips off the floor, your weight should shift backwards so you feel the challenge in your triceps. Bend at the elbow and straighten 20 reps. Switch to the traditional pushup pose and knock off 20 of those! Alternate Triceps and pushups for 3 sets total.
- The Warrior III works on your balance, core, and challenges your muscles all up and down your legs. Make sure to keep your core engaged and your thigh, hips, and toes of the raised leg aligned while keeping your back as straight as possible. It is one of the more challenging yoga poses, try it and you will see why!
- Crab Walks really work your lower back, shoulders, and core. Make sure to hold your back straight and not to dip. This one has it all and can be done anywhere.
So, give these 5 a try and you will hit most of your major muscle groups. Let us know how you do!
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