Setting weight loss New Year’s resolutions means nothing if you don’t have the tools to follow through with them. Most people don’t have a lot of workout equipment at home or the ability to go to the gym when they want to. If you are struggling to figure out how to reach your weight loss goals, these no equipment workouts may be all you need to transform your body this year.
Check out all the home workout plans in this four-part guide to get fit with what you already have.
If you don’t have a treadmill at home but you still want a good cardio workout, jumping jacks are a great alternative. Start with your hands at your side, standing up with your legs touching each other. Then move your hands in an angel-wing formation until they are straight up and down above your hand, while simultaneously spreading your legs apart. Bring them back together at the same time and repeat as much as you like.
Planks are tough to do, but they are some of the best ab workouts you can try. In order to do a full plank, put your body in a standard pushup position: horizontal, belly pointed toward the floor, toes and hands touching the ground, everything else suspended in the air. Lower your arms so that your elbows and the lower half of your arm are on the floor. Then hold that position for 30 seconds to 5 minutes. You will start to feel the burn pretty quickly.
Squats are great for working out your upper legs and toning your buttocks. The idea here is to simply sit down in an invisible chair and then stand up again. The easiest way to do this is to stand near a couch or chair so that the front of the furniture almost touches the back of your leg. Squat down until you barely feel the cushion on your rear and then move up. This will ensure you are getting as much as you can out of your fitness routine.
If you can walk or jog outside, go for it. You don’t have to go to a park to do this. You can just walk around the neighborhood if it’s safe. If you would rather walk around your house, just make circles in your living room or the biggest room in your house. This is a good alternative to using a treadmill that will still help you burn calories.