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Exercises that Require No Equipment and Little Space

By - Posted September 25, 2012 8:00 AM

We all want to look our best. For that to happen, we have to exercise. But what if you donít have the money to buy a membership at a gym, or live in a small place and just canít invest in the equipment needed to stay fit?

Donít fret; there are choices for exercise that require little, to no, equipment and very little space. Keep reading to learn a few different ways you can obtain the body and physique you dream of without spending a lot of moneyÖ

1. Use the space you are given. To burn calories and become fit it comes down to burning more calories than you consume. You also need to include exercises that assist your muscles in being stronger. Well, all of that can happen in the comfort of your own home by incorporating your walls and floor into your workout plan. For example, here are wonderful exercises to involve into your home fitness regime:

Warm up: for warm up try doing exercises that will get your heart rate up and get your muscles ready for action. i.e. jumping jacks, bringing your knees as high as you can while running in place, and kicking your bottom with your heals while jogging in place.

Lower Body: working out the biggest muscles in the body (otherwise known as the quadriceps and glutes) helps burn the largest amount of calories. For this, try leaning up against a wall in a stagnant sitting position with the legs at 90 degrees (important here is to not allow your knees to bend over your ankles as this is hard on your knees), lunges (again be aware of where your knees are at), and jump squats.

Upper Body: to equalize everything out, it is just important to work the upper body as much as it is the lower body. A few exercises great for that include doing pushups against a wall (the closer your hands are together, the more difficult), regular pushups (with either knees down or standard), and bridges where you, while laying on your back with feet on the floor, repeatedly bring your hips up as high as you can while keeping your shoulder blades on the floor.

2. Take your cardio outside. When it comes down to it, it is just difficult to get the full cardio experience working out inside with no equipment. Instead, try running outside or doing activities such as burpees, all direction lunges and high knees in sets (three sets of fifteen reps is often the best numbers to go by).