Tina’s Toning Tips: No Equipment Workouts

Tinas Toning Tips: No Equipment Workouts

Christina Coville

Got a lot of homework? Not enough time to workout? No worries! There are effective workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home,using almost no time at all. With these exercises you will find yourself getting your ideal body sooner than later. Just because you aren’t in a high tech gym doesn’t mean your workout won’t be effective.

First you can start with some squats. Squats are easy, and require no equipment. Almost anyone can do squats because you do not need flexibility, or a huge amount of strength. SquatsYou simply stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold your arms directly out (to keep your balance). You bend your knees, and keep your hips in line in order to complete one squat. Your thighs should be parallel to the ground. Your knees should not go beyond your toes, and right before they do you stand up straight again. Fifty squats is not an unreachable amount, and will ensure a good outcome. This exercise will improve leg strength.

Triceps Pushups are another effective workout, that can be done in any open area. You start with your hands on the ground, arms straight, in line with your shoulders, and feet up in a push up position. You then bend your elbows close to your body, and keep your lower chest between your hands. tricep-push-up-2Then you extend your arms and go back to your starting position. If you do not have as much strength needed to complete these, you can put your knees on the ground, making for an easier, but still effective workout. If this workout comes easy to you, you can increase the intensity by rasing your feet up onto stairs, or any other elevated area. This exercise will improve arm, leg, and stomach strength.

Side Planks will help you strengthen your core. To assume the position you start lying on your ride side with your legs straight.  Prop your upper body on your right forearm, and put your left arm on your hip.  Then, raise your hips and you are in a planking position! Side plankHold this position for about a minute, and then do the exact same thing on the left side.  If you struggle with this, you can decrease the time.  If this comes easy to you, you can increase the time making for a more effective workout. 

Floor Y-T-I raises can be done almost anywhere. All you need is enough room to lay down and spread your arms. This is a three exercise combination move. In the floor Y raise exercise you you lie facedown, resting your arms at a 30 degree angle, so it looks as if they are in the position of a “Y”. Your palms should be facing each other, and your thumbs should be up. You then simply just lift your arms. The T raise is similar, only your arms are in the position of a “T” out by your sides. In the I raise you put your arms by your ears , so your body forms a straight line. If you complete 8-12 sets of 10 of the Y-T-I exercise, your results will be good.

With these simple workouts you are guarenteed an effective workout, and you don’t even have to leave your house.  There are too many hours in a day to make excuses, so get up and start now!