With daily routines slowly returning back to normal, you may find that you have less time in the day for yourself. While it can be hard to find time for exercise, doing just a little bit a day can do wonders for your physical and mental health. We wanted to tell you about 5 exercises that can be done quickly and easily, so you can get on with the things that matter!
Everybody knows about them, but how many people actually do them? This exercise is great for challenging your balance and increasing strength in your legs for those hectic work days.
How to do this exercise: Stand with your legs shoulder width apart, and bring your right leg forward while bending your knees, slowly lowering yourself down until your thigh is parallel to the ground. Then simply lift yourself back into the starting position and repeat with your left leg.
Try to get in around 3 sets of 20 reps a day to really feel the difference.
2. Glute Bridge
Toning your glutes is important, especially if you have an office job, because sitting at a desk all day can be terrible for your posture. This exercise is used to effectively tone your lower body, helping your posterior chain to improve.
How to do this exercise: begin by laying on the ground, with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. While pushing through your heels, raise your hips off the ground, squeezing your glutes and core. Pause for a second, lower yourself back to the starting position then repeat
Doing this exercise in 3 sets of 10-12 reps will do wonders for your posture, while toning your lower body.
Another classic workout, this exercise increases core strength as well as toning some of the largest muscles in your body. If you’re looking to burn a few calories, this could be a great workout for you.
How to do this exercise: Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, clasping your hands together for balance. When you’re ready, push your hips back and slowly bend your knees, as if you were going to sit in a chair. Stop when your thighs are parallel to the ground, pause for one second and then return to the starting position.
Complete 3 sets of 20 reps a day to really tone those glutes.
With this one being a bit more high energy, it may not be the best one to try if you have downstairs neighbours! However, it’s a great, quick exercise for burning calories and working out your whole body.
How to do this exercise: Start with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms by your side. Start to lower down into a squat, and when your hands reach the ground, move your legs back into a pushup position. With your hands still on the ground, jump your feet back up towards your palms. Finally, push by up to a standing position and jump, bringing your arms above your head.
Repeat this with 3 sets of 10 reps to get your blood pumping.
Despite being quite simple, this is an exercise we love to hate. However, doing planks regularly is perfect for toning your abdominal muscles, as well as stabilizing your core without straining your back.
How to do this exercise: Begin in a pushup position, with your back straight and hands and toes planted firmly on the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds, keeping your breathing controlled and maintaining the tension throughout your body to keep your muscles engaged.
To start, try to do 2 to 3 sets, slowly working your way up to more.
Doing just a few of these workouts everyday for ten minutes can help to prepare you for whatever comes your way. To make it more fun, you could even get your family involved, or organise a zoom workout with co workers! For more information and to watch tutorials on these exercises, visit the Healthline website.
From all the team at TopQuote, we hope you have a brilliant, active day. Thanks for reading!