Transforming fats to well-toned muscles doesn’t happen overnight. You need to work hard on it to see some serious changes. Most of us tend to sign up in a gym to show that you mean business when it comes to getting rid of flab but you don’t really need to spend most of your savings for a membership. After all, you can still lose weight at home as long as you know what exercises to use. If you want to get your weight loss plan started, try these five exercises today.
Grasshopper beats. Lie down on the floor on your stomach with your neck aligned with your back, your forehead resting on your forearms. Engage your core muscles and your glutes to raise your legs off the floor at least six to eight inches while keeping them apart. Bring your feet together as you contract your inner thigh and butt muscles. Release your feet and repeat 20 times.
Single-leg hip raise. For this exercise, you need to lie down on the floor on your back with your left leg extended and your right knee bent. While keeping your left leg extended, raise it off the floor to 45 degrees or until it is in line with your right thigh. Engage your core and press down on your right heel to raise your hips off the floor. Your hips should be in line with your knee all the way to your shoulders. Hold this for a few counts then release. Do 10 reps before switching to the other leg.
Full press-up. Position your hands underneath your shoulders with your arms extended and your palms pressed on the floor with your fingers pointing forward. Your legs and back should remain straight. Engage your core muscles as you bend your elbows to bring your chest close to the floor. Make sure that your back and legs remain straight all the time. Push yourself back up to complete one rep. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Shoulder press. For this exercise, you can use a resistance band to add more challenge to the workout. Step on the middle of the band with your hands holding each end of the band. Raise your fists until they are at the same height as your shoulders. Extend your hands as high as you can without moving your shoulders too much. Go back to your first position.
Squats. This is a classic move that should be a staple in your at-home workout session. You don’t need any equipment for this if you like except for your body. To start, stand straight with feet at hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. As you engage your core muscles, push your hips back and bend your knees to lower yourself into a squat. Make sure that your back remains straight and that your knees don’t go beyond your toes when you squat. Raise your arms before you to help you balance yourself. Push down on your feet as you go back to your first position to complete one rep. Do this 10 to 12 times.