Gym Fees are Overrated

153698142The average gym membership will cost you $50 every month. If you can avoid start up fees, that takes $600 out of your bank account each year. Gyms are filled with exercise equipment but do you really need it? Body resistance workouts can provide the same exercise value without the cost of the expensive equipment or gym fees.

These workouts can be done easily in the comfort of your own home.

  • Lunges-Take one step forward and bend your knee at a ninety degree angle. Make sure to keep your knee over your toe to prevent unnecessary strain. Switch legs and repeat. Lunges build strength in every muscle group of the upper.
  • Jumping jacks-Jump into the air while slightly spreading your legs. At the same time raise your hands above your head. Jump back to your beginning position and lower your arms. Jumping jacks can be a great cardio exercise while also working your calves, hips and shoulders.
  • Pushups- Lay face down on the ground and place your hands palm down a little farther than shoulder width apart. Push yourself upward with your arms until they are completely straight and supporting your weight. Pushups increase chest and upper arm strength while building abdominal stability.
  • Squat jumps-Place your feet about shoulder width apart. Lower your rear end until your knees create a ninety degree angle. Explode upward from this position directly into a vertical jump. Like lunges, squat jumps work the entire upper leg. Increasing the pace makes squat jumps a grueling cardio experience.
  • Burpees-Start in a standing position. Squat down all the way to the ground and push your legs out behind you into a push up position. Do a push up and return to the squat position. Rise up from the squat and perform a vertical jump. You are working every muscle group in your body.
  • Crunches-Lay on your back with your hands locked behind your head. Raise your head off the ground and pull your legs toward your head, clenching your abdominal muscles. To increase the range of this work out, touch your right elbow to your left knee. Touch your left elbow to your right knee and continue to switch after each repetition.
  • Sprints or distance running-You can’t do this in your house but you can always run around the neighborhood or your yard. Running increases your heart rate and builds leg strength.

These are just a few exercises to help you get in shape that won’t cost you a single dollar. Always check with your doctor to ensure you are healthy enough to begin an exercise routine. What exercises are you doing at home? Tell us below in the comments.

 

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