6 Effective Workout Moves You Can Do At Home

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workout moves

So, we get it—you’re really tired, and you don’t exactly feel like heading out to the gym after a long day at work. Don’t stress! You can keep up with your physical activity, and you don’t even have to leave the house (or living room for that matter!). That’s right—you can break a sweat, burn the calories AND catch up on your favorite TV show ALL AT ONCE. The best part about it? We have all six workout moves broken down to ensure you are doing the workout correctly and to the extent that you desire.

While we have broken down each move for you, YOU decide on intensity level for the workout moves and how many reps of each exercise you choose to do!

Here are SIX workout moves you can do at home:

1. Jumping Jacks

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Stand with your feet slightly less than shoulder-width apart, hands at your sides. Jump into the air, jumping your feet out as wide as you can while swinging your arms out to the sides and together over your head. Immediately jump back up and return your hands and feet to the starting position. Repeat at a comfortable pace without stopping for the duration of your warm-up.

2. High-Knee Run-in-Place

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Run in place, bringing your knees up as high as you can and pumping your arms and legs as quickly as you can, for 20 seconds.

3. Mountain Climbers

mountain climber

Get into a push-up position, with your arms straight and hands directly under your shoulders. Raise your hips as you bring one knee up toward your chest, then bring it back to the starting position as you bring the other knee forward. The movement should be dynamic: Get a rhythm going that feels like jogging, where both feet are off the floor for a brief moment.

4. Skater Jumps

skater jumps

From a crouched position with your feet close together, take a sideways leap to your left, landing on your left foot, with your right foot sweeping behind it, your right arm sweeping in front of your torso, and your left arm sweeping out to the side. Now hop to your right, landing on your right foot and reversing the position of your other limbs. This should be a smooth, comfortable motion that mimics the movement of a speed skater in action.

5. Push-Ups

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Get into a push-up position with your hands on the floor, just outside of and below your shoulders, and straighten your arms. Keep your elbows pointing back and in toward your body. Lower your chest until it almost touches the floor, then explosively push back up to the start position. If regular push-ups are too difficult, start with elevating your upper body by placing your hands on a stair step, bench, chair or ottoman to reduce the amount of body weight you need to push. Lower the elevation as you become stronger.

6. No-Crunch Abs Firmer

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Build your abs and strengthen your core with this no-sit-ups abs exercise—forearm plank. Get into a push-up position and bend your elbows 90 degrees so your forearms lie flat on the floor. Your elbows should be directly under your shoulders. Brace your abs and hold your body in a straight line from your toes to your head for as long as you can. Don’t let your hips sag.