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5 Quick And Healthy Exercises For Busy People

5 Quick And Healthy Exercises For Busy People

Exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle but sometimes we can be too busy to fit in a full workout at the gym. So what you need is short exercises that allow you to reap as many benefits as possible. Try these 5 quick and effective exercises that can be done once you’re home from work or almost anywhere to make sure you fit in a mini-workout at your convenience.

1. Planks

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    Planks are the perfect way to strengthen your core and they’re a great exercise as it engages a lot of different muscles making it a great all-round move if you have limited time. If you’re not used to planks then you may find them challenging but try to add a few seconds each time to build up your strength and core muscles.

    2. Squats

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      If you’re sitting down for long periods then squats are perfect for using the muscles we tend to neglect. It really targets the legs, butt and stomach making this a really effective workout when you have little time. This exercise also benefits your knees and strengthens the muscles around them, protecting them from damage.

      3. Wall Sits

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        Wall sits are great because you can do them anywhere taking away the need to set up exercise equipment. This works your leg muscles and core making it a perfect exercise to strengthen and tone. Up the amount you can do everyday to challenge yourself or hold something heavy to add extra resistance to it. This only takes minutes but you reap a huge amount of benefits.

        4. Chair Dips

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          If you want a quick and effective workout for your arms then chair dips are really easy and convenient to do. All you need is a sturdy chair and a few dips will work your triceps and target the flabby area at the back of the arms. Try extending your legs to vary the intensity of the exercise and a rep of 10 x3 can be achieved in under a few minutes.

          5. Lunges

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            Lunges engage the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, calves and core making this a great targeted workout. Try different lunge variations and mix it up with weights to give it extra intensity. This short and easy exercise will tone and flex your muscles giving you a quick yet effective workout.

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            Published on June 7, 2019

            10 Lower Body Workouts Anyone Can Try at Home

            10 Lower Body Workouts Anyone Can Try at Home

            Having a hard time going to the gym? Fear no more!

            In this article, we’ll be breaking down 10 in home lower body workouts anyone can try at home and their exercises. No gear needed for these workouts, just some space and a cup water waiting for your disposal.

            There’re 3 main parts in this article:

            If you’re familiar with the basic lower body exercises, just get into the first section 10 Lower Body Workouts That Can Be Done Anywhere right away.

            If you want more guidance on the basics, check out the second section Lower Body Exercises Breakdown.

            And the last section is about what you should do before and after working out.

            10 Lower Body Workouts That Can Be Done Anywhere

            If you’re familiar with the basic lower body exercises, just read on this section.

            If you’d like to have more guidance on each exercise listed in these 10 workouts, take a look at the following part Lower Body Exercises Breakdown.

            1. The Starter Workout

            3 sets of 8-12 reps of:

            • Squat
            • Single Leg Deadlift
            • Glute Bridge

            (30 sec to 2 min rest in between each set)

            2. The 7 Minute Workout

            3 rounds of 30 seconds of each exercise:

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            • Walking Lunges
            • Quarter Squat
            • Step Up
            • Single Leg Deadlift

            (1 min rest in between each round)

            3. The Unilateral Workout

            4 sets of 16 reps of:

            • Reverse Lunges
            • Single Leg Deadlift
            • Skater Squat
            • Single Leg Glute Bridge

            (30 sec to 1 min rest in between each set)

            4. The Endurance Workout

            2 sets of 20-50 reps of:

            • Squat
            • Walking Lunge
            • Single Leg Deadlift
            • Glute Bridge

            (1-2 min rest in between each set)

            5. The Back To Back Lower Body Workout

            5 rounds of 10 to 20 seconds of each exercise:

            • Skater Squat
            • Step Up
            • Single Leg Deadlift
            • Single Leg Glute Bridge
            • Quarter Squat

            (30 min rest in between each round)

            6. Strength Lower Body Workout

            5 to 10 sets of 4 reps of:

            • Walking Lunge
            • Single Leg Deadlift
            • Squat

            (30 sec to 2 mins of rest time in between set)

            7. Glute Burner Workout

            4 sets of 10-30 reps of:

            • Walking Lunge
            • Single Leg Deadlift
            • Single Leg Glute Bridge
            • Quarter Squat

            (1 min of rest time in between set)

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            8. The Advance Lower Body Workout

            3 rounds of 20 seconds of:

            • Squat
            • Walking Lunge
            • Skater Squat
            • Reverse Lunge
            • Glute Bridge
            • Single Leg Deadlift

            (2 mins of rest time in between set)

            9. The Quick Lower Body Workout

            2 sets of 10 reps of:

            • Reverse Lunge
            • Step Up
            • Single Leg Deadlift

            10. The 100 Repetition Challenge

            2 sets of 50 reps on each leg of:

            • Walking Lunge
            • Single Leg Deadlift

            (4 mins of rest time in between set)

            Lower Body Exercises Breakdown

            Here’s the breakdown of the lower body exercises[1] that you found in the workouts listed in the first section of this article.

            1. Squat

              A squat is a compound movement which entails the recruitment of a majority of your lower body (quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles, spinal erectors).

              How to squat:

              Feet shoulder width apart or a little wider. Toes pointed slightly out, arms out in front of you. Sit into your heels till you hit parallel with your butt and knee, drive through the heels, return to starting position and repeat.

              2. Walking Lunges

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                A lunge is a complex movement which recruits mainly the lower body.

                The walking lunges are a harder version of a split squat which is stationary and then adds the component of stepping and keeping balance which engages the gluteus medius as well as allowing a larger range of motion.

                3. Reverse Lunge

                  A reverse lunge is very similar to the split squat but instead, after every rep, you are returning to the starting position and stepping back.

                  By reverse stepping, you are allowing for a better emphasis on the hamstrings and gluteal muscles as opposed to the quadriceps muscles in a forward stepping lunge.

                  4. Quarter Squat

                    A quarter squat is the top ¼ movement of a squat. This will work mainly the gluteal muscles as it emphasizes the hip extension and not a lot of range of motion on the quadriceps muscles.

                    5. Skater Squat

                      A skater squat is a unilateral variation of the squat, this squat really engages the gluteus medius and hamstrings as it works unilateral stability and hip flexion which fires both the hamstrings and glutes.

                      6. Step Up

                        The Step Up is the greatest balance of getting the glutes and quadriceps muscles firing. Doing Step Ups will not only get the glutes going, but the quadriceps as well.

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                        7. Glute Bridge

                          Glute Bridges are a great way to nearly isolate the glutes and build a great butt. This entire movement works through hip extension which the main movement of the gluteal muscles.

                          8. Single Leg Glute Bridge

                            Single leg glute bridge ensures that we are evenly building the glutes and not relying too heavily on our dominant leg and symmetrical butt. The step up can be done in a chair or a step in the stairs

                            9. Single Leg Deadlift

                              Single Leg RDL’s engage that entire booty and hamstrings, especially the gluteus medius due to its unilateral stability property. This is a great way to spice up some routine deadlifts.

                              Before & After Working Out

                              Before engaging in any physical activity, consult a doctor if you have not worked out in years. However, if you want to go at it without consulting a doctor, start slow and build your way up. Even though it’s home workout, use dynamic stretching or some light jogging[2] as a warm up before starting the lower body workouts.

                              Finally, at the end of the lower body workout, use static stretching to reduce injuries and to calm down your heart rate gradually.

                              Featured photo credit: Gesina Kunkel via unsplash.com

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