When life gets busy, one of the first things to fall to the wayside is exercise. When things get busy with work, or when the world gets hit with a global pandemic (cough, COVID19, cough), the gym is the last place we want to be. While this makes perfect sense, it’s important we keep up with our health and fitness goals during stressful times. After all, endorphins released during exercise are the perfect cure for the blues.
Here are 5 simple moves you can do in 10 quick minutes from the comfort of your own home:
Lateral Split Squats | 6 reps per side
What it does: Doing squats side to side will build more strength in each leg than traditional squats. It is also great for hip flexibility!
How to do it: Start with straight feet and a wide stance. Sit back into one hip and push the corresponding knee outwards. Repeat on the other side.
Reverse Lunge | 6 reps per side
What it does: Reverse lunges strengthen both your hips and thighs, as well as assist in balance and stability.
How to do it: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Step back with one leg and squat downwards. Repeat on the other side.
Pushups | 10 reps
What it does: Pushups are one of the best bodyweight exercises to do for your upper body as they help build a strong chest, shoulders, arms and abs.
How to do it: Get in a pushup position with hands should-width apart and feet hip-width apart. Keep your lower back flat (do not let your hips sag), and slowly lower your body making sure your arms stay close to your body as you descend. Then, push back up and repeat.
Hip Bridges | 10 reps
What it does: Hip bridges strengthen legs and glutes, as well as assists in the release of back tension.
How to do it: Lie on the ground with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Slowly lift your hips into the air using your glutes for strength (do not use lower back to push your hips up as this can cause injury). Repeat.
Mountain Climbers | 30 seconds
What it does: mountain climbers spike your heart rate, burn calories and boost your metabolism.
How to do it: Start in a pushup position and keep your core tight as you run as fast as you can while driving your knees into your chest.
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