Have you ever wondered how you can get in good shape using simple exercises? You can use your bodyweight as resistance without necessarily having to use equipment.
There are easy exercises that are a staple in high-intensity circuit training workouts that can get you in that great figure you have been yearning for without the need of going to the gym. All you should know is the right moves.
Here are eight simple exercises to get in shape.
Get in a plank position with your hands placed directly beneath your shoulders with feet hip-width apart. Ensure your body is in a straight line from the back of your head to your hips.
Keeping your neck neutral and in line with your shoulders, lower your body with your elbows as close to your body as possible. Without touching the ground, lift your body up and repeat as many times as you can. You can make it easier by widening the distance between your feet to ensure that you are more stable.
Place your hands beneath your shoulders or a little wider apart and squeeze your glutes/butt. Ensure your body is in a straight line from your head to your feet.
With your core tightened, tuck your chin and focus on the floor, between or beyond your hands. Without sagging or lifting your butt, hold this position for as long as you can. Make it easier by holding the position for shorter periods.
3. Glute Bridge
Get down on your back with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart and with your toes pointing forward, knees bent. Contract your abdominal muscles as you push the heels to lift your hips up off from the ground.
4. Jumping Jacks
From a standing position, perform a star jump splitting your legs apart as far as you can and then jump back to bring them together. Perform this while at the same time raising your arm up and apart. Move slowly if you are a beginner. The exercise increases the heart rate while burning calories.
Burpees happen to be one of the toughest exercises, clearly indicating that they will get you in great shape. From a standing position, lower your body onto your hands and then push your feet outward and back in before leaping into the air.
If you are a beginner, do it gently or put one foot back instead of both. These moves engage muscles in your stomach, legs and arms, qualifying to be one of the best all simple body exercises you can perform.
6. Step Ups
Step-ups can be performed with an exercise step or a stair. Alternatively, you can mimic the action by raising your knees up and down. The moves involve stepping up and down alternating each leg.
7. Jump Squats
Jump squats don’t necessarily require dumbbells. You are only supposed to squat down and push yourself up by jumping. You should land back on the floor on your feet and get back to a squatting position again. Repeat for about 30 seconds. Hold your fist tight in front of you to improve balance.
8. Bicep Curl Combined with Stair Climb
This combination helps to tone your legs and strengthen your arms. Select a flight of stairs in front of you and grab dumbbells with your hands. Climb the stairs as you perform bicep curls.
Repeat the biceps and stairs for about 30 seconds, when you will feel a burning sensation in your legs and arms.
If you have been looking for great ways to get in good shape, you now know what you should do using these eight simple exercises. There is no need to stress your body with heavy gym equipment or running marathons. Consistency is the key to making your body perfect. Enjoy a great shape!
Kathy Mitchell was born and raised in USA. She has done MA in English literature and she loves to write articles on health and beauty. She is a contributor for Glozine magazine 2011. Her articles are both professional and creative. You can contact her on Facebook and twitter.