Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to lock yourself in a gym for hours in order to achieve the toned, healthy body of your dreams. In fact, there are several toning exercises out there that require no equipment, no mats, and no gym membership – just you and your body! The following 4 bodyweight exercises are excellent for toning your body all over...and, best of all, they only take about 60 seconds to get through one rep.
Stabilizing your core is what this popular yoga position is all about. In fact, master the plank, and you’ll not only tighten up your abs, shoulders, chest, and back, but you’ll also get better at other moves, including push-ups. Start on your hands and knees, lowering your forearms to the floor with elbows positioned underneath your shoulders. Step your feet back, one at a time, until your body is in a straight line from head to heels. Hold the plank for 30 seconds or as long as you can.
Toning up your glutes, thighs and calves is a snap with reverse lunges. No wonder they’re a staple in any strength training routine! Standing with feet hip-width apart, step your left foot back, keeping your left heel raised. Lower slowly, keeping control of your movement, until the back knee is just above the ground. Press through your front heel to return to start. Do approximately 12 on this site, then alternate sides to balance out the exercise.
Starbursts or Jumping Jacks
Get your heart pumping with classic Jumping Jacks or a variation on them called Starbursts. To complete this exercise, stand with your feet together, keeping your arms by your sides. Bring your hands to touch at your chest as you lower into a 1/4 squat. Jump up, extending your arms and legs out, mid-air, to form an X with your body. Land softly and repeat. Not sure if you can master this move? Start with Jumping Jacks until you’re comfortable with the Starburst.
Nothing sculpts your arms and chest like the classic push-up. Plus, there’s hardly a better way to achieve all-over strength than with a push-up! To do one properly, place your wrists beneath your shoulders, and your shoulders away from your ears. Align your body in a straight line, like you are beginning to do a plank. Then, lower your chest as close to the ground as possible, bending your elbows, before pushing yourself back up.
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