Back in college, my wife and I did an excellent job of staying in shape. I think I dropped around 10 to 15 pounds and got myself down to about 195, which is pretty good. I’m a rather big boned guy and stand about 6 foot 1 inch. My wife, on the other hand, lost quite a bit more, I’m thinking right in the 20 pound range, which is absolutely amazing. We both did this over the course of about a year to a year and a half, through 2 semesters and a summer and it was awesome. We never experienced a level of energy quite like it. We were up at around 6am each morning and down at our local YMCA using their equipment, and also doing some at home exercises. Since we were in college, we had free memberships. Not many took advantage like we did!
At Home Exercises Routine
Now that we are past college and working every day, we lead more sedentary lives. I’m sure most can agree that it’s difficult to find the energy to do anything after work, let alone find time to exercise. Here’s the thing though, if you exercise after work using at home exercises, like I have managed to pull myself to do, you will experience a pretty decent energy boost! It’s true, and the reason for this is that when you exercise, your body releases a whole slew of chemicals to get the body and mind going again. Have you heard the statement that exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and live a longer life? This is exactly why. The human body was meant to move!
Since we don’t have access to a free YMCA anymore, we are cheap as all get out so are never going to sign up for a gym, and haven’t quite saved the money to buy our own elliptical yet, I decided that I needed to be the catalyst behind getting us back into a routine of at least staying in shape, if not losing a little bit of weight.
To do this, I present to you our daily routine (starting today after work :)), of 5 free at home exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home. When you combine these 5 exercises, you will see that you get a very well rounded workout, since you touch on every major part of the body for strength training, plus some cardio. The best part about these at home exercies is that they require nothing but an open floor and your body. We are setting a modest goal of simply doing this every day, for the next month, after we are both home for the evening, nothing more. No weight goals, no time goals, just 5 times a week we will do each of these things. That way, we won’t be disappointed if we don’t accomplish anything (which I’m sure won’t be the case). We will report back our results after a month, so stay tuned for that!
1. Lunges – A lunge is an excellent strength training exercise that focuses on major muscles in the upper leg. To be honest, I feel it in my calf as well as my lower back when I do this, so I think it works the middle body in general. We will do 15 of these each evening.
2. Crunches – This is a modified version of a situp which allows for more strenuous working of the abdominal muscles. First you lay on your back, like when you do a normal situp. You then bend your knees, put your hands on your ears and focus on tightening up your stomach muscles while sitting up about 6 inches. We will do 20 of these each evening. *Do not put your hand behind your neck or head. This can cause injury (believe me, I know)*
3. Pushups – This has got to be the most basic of strength training that a person can do. I’m sure everyone knows what a pushup is. If not, just use that Google Oracle we’ve all come to know. We will do 20 of these each evening.
4. Cardio - We will be doing the follow Ninja Cardio workout, together each evening. I’m pretty pumped for this! Now the only trick will be to find a place to do it…
5. Stress Reliever - To cool down, we are going to be doing the following yoga workout. This is an excellent way to end an intense workout.
So there you have it, the routine that we are going to follow for the next month. So on January 6th, we will assess our results to see just how effective this little program of at home exercises that I created will be. After that we will probably change it up a little bit, maybe adding a little more intensity. I encourage you to try this out for yourself, to get that blood going when you get home from work, so you can actually enjoy your evenings. There’s nothing worse than getting home from work and sitting around all evening. Hop to it!
What sort of routine do you have for doing at home exercises? Feel free to leave a comment.