Indoor Exercise Routines for Coach Potatoes
Having a healthy and active lifestyle is always rewarding; but with gym memberships rising in price and there being so many healthy food alternatives and options, it is not easy to keep such a balance easily. As a student gym membership is not the priority; food and social life come first. So how do we keep fit and save our maintenance loan? There is an easy solution, and that is a workout routine to do in your room. There are so many examples online of what you can do within the confines of your room and here are a few of them:
1 - Sit-ups are the go-to when starting out a workout routine. This exercise does not target the stomach, however, as it is a multi-muscle exercise and primarily works the chest, neck, lower back and hip flexors. The exercise should go as follows; lie flat on the ground and bring your knees up so your legs make a triangular shape and your feet are firmly planted on the ground. Then raise your upper body up to meet your knees and back down again. Be wary of this exercise though as you can injure your neck or back if it is done incorrectly.
2 - Squat exercises are good for strengthening your hamstrings, hips, glutes and quadriceps. And it is also a good exercise for your core muscles. Squats are easy to do; simply bring your butt downwards as if to sit but continue past the sitting position until you can feel your core muscles and lower body muscles straining from the shift in holding your weight.
3 - The flutter kick. One of the more knackering workout routines; you can definitely feel it giving your muscles a good work out. For this simply lie flat on your back on the floor and slightly raise your legs up, keeping them straight, and then move them up and down quickly. Left leg up, right leg down then left leg down and right leg up. This exercise helps with toning your lower body - stomach, thighs and hips.
4 - Though a hard one to do when just starting off, the push-up is a good exercise to master. It strengthens your upper body strength as it works the triceps, pectoral muscles and shoulders. The abdominal muscles are also put to work as they pull inwards during this exercise. All you need to do is put your hands on the floor in front of you and lie flat, push your lower body up using your toes and then use your arms to push yourself away from the floor and lower yourself back down to it.
It is understandable though that room exercises are not for everyone. There are many people out there that like to go to the gym, not only because of the equipment, but also because of the working environment it has. Which can aid someone’s motivation to keep going. Try out both and see which environment you work best in. Just remember not to over work yourself and to drink plenty of water.