7 Best Exercises At Home

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Fitness does not require a gym membership. Check out these fitness routines you can do at home or away.

We've rounded up some of the best exercises to get you fit at home.

Mix up the exercises, and practice them two or three times a week. You can either do them in gorgeous gym wear or in your PJs, and bunch your hair up in a ponytail and hit the shower straightaway afterwards, because you're in your own home! And even being on your period needn't stop you exercising with confidence - just make sure you're wearing Always pads for enough protection to keep you dry and comfortable throughout your workout.



1. SQUATS

Targets BUTT, LEGS, ABS AND BACK

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, looking straight ahead, hips forward.
  • Keep your chest up and back straight as you bend your knees and lower your bottom as if you're going to sit in a chair behind you - make sure the weight stays in the back of your heels.
  • Keep your knees in line with your feet (but don't let your knees go past your toes), until your thighs are parallel to the floor (or as close as you can get to it!).
  • Then, push back up through your heels to stand, squeezing your butt and pushing out your pelvis.

Hold hand weights to make it tougher.

Repeat 20 times, rest, then do two more sets of 20.

  1. 2. THE PLANK

Targets TUMMY, ARMS, BUTT, BACK AND LEGS



  • Start as though you're about to do a push-up on your knees, with your hands directly under your shoulders.
  • Ground your toes into the floor and tighten your muscles as you lift your body into one straight line, with your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles on the same plane.
  • Draw in your stomach muscles, imagining your belly button pulling in towards your spine and don't let your lower back dip.

Look at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond your hands to keep your head in line with your back. Stop and reset if your back begins to bow or your shoulders sink. Rest your weight on your forearms rather than on your hands to make it easier.

Try to hold for 20 seconds, and keep increasing the time as you get the hang of it.

3. TRICEP DIPS

Targets ARMS AND SHOULDERS


  • Sit on a stable chair, bench, sofa or bed and place your hands, shoulder-width apart, on the edge of your seat with your fingers hanging over the edge.
  • Slide your bottom off the surface, with your legs out in front of you.
  • Keeping your chest up and open, straighten your arms without locking out your elbows.
  • Keeping your back close to the bench, slowly bend your elbows to about 90 degrees, lowering your body towards the floor.
  • Once you reach the extent of the movement, pause, then press into the bench to slowly straighten your elbows, keeping shoulders relaxed, and return to the starting position.

Do 10, rest, then do two more sets of 10.

4. CRUNCH REACHES

Targets ABS AND WAIST

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor.
  • Raise your upper body into a sit up, with your fingers resting gently on your temples and your elbows out.
  • With your eyes on the ceiling and tummy pulled in, reach your right hand towards your right ankle, keeping your chest parallel to the ceiling.
  • Return to the sit up position and repeat on the left.

Do 10, rest, then do two more sets of 10.

5. LUNGES

Targets BUTT AND LEGS

  • Stand, keeping your upper body straight, shoulders back and chin up.
  • Engage your abs and take a big step with one leg, either backwards or forwards, lowering your lunge until both knees are bent at 90 degrees.
  • Keep your front knee directly above your ankle, and hover your back knee over the floor.
  • Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to the start position, then swap legs.

Pass a weight from hand to hand through your legs to make it tougher.

Do 10 on each leg, rest, then do two more sets of 10.

6. PUSH-UPS

Targets CHEST, ARMS, SHOULDERS, TUMMY

  • Get into a plank position, either on your toes or knees, with your hands just wide of your shoulders.
  • Bend your elbows out to the side and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.
  • Your upper arms should be at a 45-degree angle when your trunk is at its lowest.

Pause, then push back up keeping your stomach engaged throughout.

Do 10, rest and do two more sets of 10.

7. SIDE PLANK

Targets OBLIQUES (the muscles that run down the side of your abs)

  • Lie on your side with your legs stacked one on top of another, the foot of your top leg just behind the bottom foot for stability.
  • Prop your body up on your hand or elbow and hold, keeping your hand or your elbow directly underneath your shoulder.
  • Keep your glutes contracted so that your lower and upper body stay in perfect alignment.

Make it harder by raising your top arm straight up or by lifting your top leg - if you're a total pro, try both.

Try to hold for 20 seconds on each side, gradually increasing this time as you get stronger.

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