Effective Exercises – No Equipment Necessary!

Can you have a successful workout without using any gym equipment? What kind of exercises can you do at home? First – yes! You can have a successful workout using just your bodyweight for resistance. We love bodyweight exercises because they’re accessible to everyone, they can be modified based on ability, they can be quick and easy, and they can provide you with a great workout anywhere!

Motivate Lake County is here to fill you in on some of our favorite no-equipment-needed moves:

  1. Squats
    Squats activate your lower body and help strengthen your glutes and quads. They are also good for fundamental strength, meaning that strengthening your legs through squats will help you in everyday life! Learn how to do squats here.
  2. Push-ups
    Doing push-ups is a great way to use your bodyweight as resistance and also build foundational strength in your shoulders and chest – so you’re working two areas at once. Learn how to do different types of push-ups here.
  3. Planks
    There are many ways to work your core, but one of our favorites is the plank. Planks help work your abs, but they also help strengthen your glutes and your shoulders. They even help with balance and stability! Learn how to do a plank here.
  4. Burpees
    Oh, the exercise we hate to love… but we love burpees! Burpees can be modified to meet your activity level, and they combine strength and cardio for a great full-body move. These will get your heart pumping while working your legs, shoulders, core, and more! Learn how to do a burpee here.

Start by doing 3 sets of each exercise with 5-8 reps, taking a break in between. As your strength improves, increase number of sets or reps per set (i.e. 4-5 sets of each with 8 reps, or 3 sets of each with 10-12 reps). The best part is you can enjoy and complete your workout from the comfort of your own home!

 

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