Try these free and easy exercises you can use to stay in shape without the need for gym equipment. You can easily fit them into your regular daily routine.
My Free And Easy Exercise Program
After yesterday’s post, so many readers asked what were the 5 exercises I referred to, so here they are:
- 20 crunches
- 15-20 push ups
- 25 waist bends
- 50 leg lifts on each side
- an arm exercise or extra waist bend exercise.
Of course, I would add to or take away from the exercises in this list depending on what was going on at the time. When I am sick, I don’t do as much and when I am better I do more.
I have always had stairs, which I had to use a lot. For example, the other day I made 12 trips up and down my stairs in one hour. So a person who is trying to watch her weight and get healthier might do something like I did for many years. I put my phone upstairs but I spent most of my time working downstairs so, each time the phone rang, I had to make a mad dash up the stairs and sometimes I had to go all the way from the basement to the second story.
I also do other things that integrate exercise into my daily routine. I rarely go through the drive-through window for my errands. Instead, I park and walk in. When I sew, I keep my ironing board away from my sewing machine so I have to get up to press things with the iron.
Like I said, sometimes I do things differently when I am sick but this is my exercise program. Quick and easy!
PS. I watched a famous Dr. yesterday who had some great “new” how to lose weight program. Part of it he showed this cool “new” way to exercise to help you get fit and lose weight. I had to chuckle it was pretty much my regular exercises I just mentioned but just glorified a little. There is nothing really new under the sun and the older I get the more I believe it.
How do you the Waist bend? Side to side then front to back? Or just side to side? This all is stuff I remember from p.e. Our teacher said basically the same… and stay active!
Deborah you place your hands on your hips then bend forward, to the side, back and then to the other side. All four bends count as 1 and you do 25. Another one I do is to let one arm hang at my side stretch the other one up in the air and then bend to the side stretching my arm at the same time. I then do this to the other side with the other arm. Hope that makes sense.
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On odd days, I try to do 12 push-ups from the sink each time I go the the bathroom. On even days, I do 12 knee bends until my bottom touches the toilet (these really work your upper thighs and bottom). Alternating give muscles time to heal and grow. I will have give your exercises a try along with them. I did read a book years ago about being a fit mom where the women tells of several exercises her dad taught her to do daily to stay fit and it helped her keep her shape even after several babies. A good lesson to learn. Thanks.
I love your idea, Jen!
Just walking places helps to keep a person in shape too. Why don’t people walk more? Fresh air and walking is good exercise. Even IN COLD WEATHER.
Okay. I’m walking more because I don’t have a car now. But gaining weight because I walk past Krispy Kreme donuts!
Too funny Deb. You are a woman after my own heart. I got some smoked salmon for Christmas from my nephew which is a real treat for me. I thought I will use it to try to eat a little more healthy for a bit but after eating it for lunch I topped it off with some Christmas candy – I think I missed the point or got something wrong.
So true, there is no reason to buy a membership, prepared diet meals or expensive exercise equipment. We’ve been given moving parts for a reason — to move them.
I’m back to jogging indoors, in a loop from family room, to kitchen to hallway. I work it into my housework schedule, and am working up to longer and longer jogs. I should be in good shape again, in a month or two. And no extra cost to get fit!