We’re all about easy at-home exercises and finding extra ways to squeeze in a little extra activity throughout the day– it helps to get the blood flowing, helps you to tone up, and research shows that simply getting up out of your seat and alternating between sitting and standing can burn a few extra calories. Come to either of our houses, and likely we’ll be multi-tasking– if we’re talking on the phone, we might be stretching or doing calf raises while we chat. Tammy’s husband makes fun of her and says she she does squats when we have guests over (she doesn’t, but it would be a lie if she said it hadn’t crossed her mind [and we both have been known to do a few every now and then when our close friends are over]! 🙂 ). So if you think you need to get to a gym to tone up or to be healthy, try these simple exercises that you can do right in the comfort of your own house– and even when watching your favorite Netflix show!
THE WALL: Using the wall for back support, bend your knees until they are at a 90-degree angle to the floor and do a seated chair pose to really strengthen your legs, especially your quads. Aim to hold for a minute or longer
A TABLE: Use the table for standing pushups. Really focus on technique and you’ll really feel it in your pectoral muscles. Remember to keep your abdomen muscles tight.
STAIRS OR A STOOP: This is perfect for calf raises. Stand on the stop on your tippy toes on the edge and lower them as far as you can and then slowly push up as high as you can on your tippy toes and repeat. Your calf muscles will become defined quickly. This is a great exercise as a shapely calf helps to make women’s thighs look smaller by balancing them out.
PILLOW: Sitting on a chair, use the pillow to work your inner thigh. Place the pillow between your knees and squeeze as hard as you can for 30 seconds. Continue for a minimum of three sets.
DOOR FRAME: Stand between in the middle of the door frame and with your arms reached out to each of your sides, press on each side of the door frame as hard as you can, keeping your hands flat. This is a great isometric exercise that activates and really works the shoulders, biceps and triceps.
KITCHEN CHAIR: Tricep dips: Using a kitchen chair, or any sturdy chair perform tricep dips just as you would by using a bench at the gym. Remember when you lower your body to not allow your elbows to bend to more than a 90-degree angle.
TOWEL: For your shoulders, straighten your arms over your head holding the towel in each hand about 18 inches apart. Keeping your arms over your head, pull with each hand on the towel as hard as you can, creating a resistance. Hold for several seconds and repeat.
SHAMPOO OR CONDITIONER BOTTLE: Shower tricep presses. It’s easy and fast and if your form is good and you keep your elbow right next to your ear, you’ll feel it even if the weight is light. the wall, a kitchen chair, the couch, a table, stairs/stoop, the door, or anything else you can think of.
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