If someone had asked my opinion about “at-home workout sessions” in 2019, I probably would have replied with a huge “sigh”! After all, I have always been the kind of person who was more involved in outdoor sports activities.

However, now that we are living in the post-covid-19 era, wherein, most of our days are either spent at home willingly or because of some lockdown, a full body workout at home is the only way to stay fit. Further, regularly exercising our body also helps us to improve our immune system and overall blood circulation in our body.

Thus, we have compiled a list of the top 5 home workout exercises to stay fit and healthy during this lockdown period:

Spot running and skipping

    1. Spot running and skipping

After you have stretched your body properly, the next thing you need to do is warm up. Stretching and warm-up is essential to avoid injuries while exercising. The type of cardio cum warm-up home workout exercise that we recommend is spot-running and skipping ropes. While spot running will warm your body; skipping is the perfect no-nonsense workout to burn those extra calories.

How to do it: Hold the rope at both ends with your fingers, and use your wrists to move it around your body. Further, jump across the rope as it is about to hit the ground. The common mistakes that people make while skipping ropes is that they hold the rope in their palms, and use their arms instead of their wrists to move the rope. There is no set limit on how much you can skip; however, if you ask for my advice, you should skip for 30 minutes every day.

Jumping Jacks

    2. Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks is one of those exercises that are designed for a full body workout at home. After all, this exercise doesn’t just target a particular body part but helps you to target your entire body. The various benefits of Jumping Jacks are: it helps you with weight loss, builds stronger muscles, and also makes your heart healthier.

How to do it: Stand straight with both your legs placed together and keep your hands on the side. Jump up while raising your hands over your head and get your feet apart from one another. Now, perform the same movements in reverse order till you reach the original position.  Perform 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps each.


    3. Squats

A squat is one of those exercises that can be performed in numerous variations. However, today we are going to perform the original and the most basic form of squat exercise at home. This exercise greatly helps to strengthen the lower half of our body and can be of great help when included in our daily home workout schedule.

How to do it: Stand straight with your hips back and your legs shoulder-width apart from one another, and hold your chest high. Now look forward, bend your knees and squat down, while keeping your knees in line with your feet. In the initial phases, start with one set of 25 squats and increase the number of sets as your progress.


    4. Push-ups

This is probably the most common bodyweight exercise that you can do; however, it is also the exercise that is highly beneficial. Thus, we had to include this exercise in our list of to-do at-home workout exercises. Push-ups are greatly helpful for improving upper body strength and strengthening the lower back & core muscles.

How to do it: Get on the ground and start by setting your hands should-width apart from each other, and ensure that your body forms a straight line. Now, keep the elbows close to your body as you lower your body towards the ground, then push back to the high plank position. Start with 1 set of 15 reps and then progress towards 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.


    5. Cross-crunches

Now, that we are done with cardio, upper body, and lower body exercises, it is time to focus on abdominal muscles and core strength. For that purpose, we will go with cross-crunches instead of the traditional ones, as they are much more effective in increasing the core strength of one’s body. This home workout exercise is greatly helpful in reducing your tummy.

How to do it: Keep your feet flat on the floor as you lie on your back, and place both your hands behind your head. Now bring your left shoulder and elbow across your body at the same time, while bringing your right knee towards your right shoulder. The main focus should be to touch your knee with your elbow. Now get back to the original position and repeat the cycle with your right shoulder and elbow. Start with 1 set of 15 reps and then progress towards 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

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