It's April, and if like most women, you want to tighten up your body for the beach in a few months time, it's now the time to get working on it and choose one of many at home workouts for women. Working out at home is a great alternative to joining the gym, and even carries many added benefits. The prices for monthly memberships are getting higher and higher, meaning a lot of people simply find it out of their budget.
A huge range of exercises can be done at home to help you effectively lose those extra pounds without relying on heavy and expensive machines. In fact, working out using only your own body weight as resistance is arguably a better way to flatten your belly, tone up and stay fit. Working out at home also gives you the added flexibility of doing it any time you like without worrying about having to make your way over to the gym, dressing up to look good in public, and remove any restrictions on opening or closing times you get with the gym.
Lifting Weights At Home For Women
A lot of you are reluctant to lift weights and build muscle mass because of the perceived risk of looking like a female body builder. While this might be a look some of you are striving for, the majority only want a thinner arms and legs, and flatter abs without the six pack.
Lifting weights and building muscle mass does not automatically make you look bulky (just ask your male friends). What it does however, is make it much easier to lose weight in the mid to long term. Muscle mass requires much more calories and energy to maintain than fat, meaning your natural metabolism rate will be higher and you will need to make a lot less effort dieting and doing cardiovascular exercises to reach the calorie deficit.
The secret here is to do high amounts of repetitions per exercise at a much lower weight. This means that rather than bulking up your muscles, you will be toning them. This will make your body appear thinner and firmer, both of which are traits of an aesthetically pleasing, fit and healthy individual.
Home Workout For Women
Here is our exercise plan designed specifically for women looking to avoid the gym, yet still wanting to work out effectively at home. As with any exercise, please warm up, stretch your muscles before, and cool down afterwards. This will help reduce muscle soreness in the morning and also reduce the likelihood of injury during the exercise. For the non weighted exercises, if you're finding the program easy, simply increase the number of repetitions until you find the exercise difficult to perform.
The following workout at home for women will allow you to exercise your entire body. Perform it 3 to 4 times a week for maximum effectiveness. It's important to have rest days in between each workout as your muscles and your body need time to recover. In fact it is during the recovery process when most of the calories are burnt off, and the muscle strands are rebuilt so don't feel like you're wasting a day.
Ball Crunch - 30 Repetitions
We'll start off with working your abs as this forms part of your core muscles that will help improve your balance and stamina. Your abdominals are also a huge muscle in your body, and working on tighter abs can help send your metabolism into overdrive over the next 24 hours.
To do this exercise you will need a large rubber exercise ball. First sit down on the ball, then slowly roll yourself forward so that your lower back is in contact with the ball. You should find yourself slightly leaning backwards, with your legs in a squatting position.
With your hands supporting your head, slowly lift your torso forwards like you would do during a normal crunch or sit up.
Twist Crunch - 2 x 15 Repetitions
This exercise works your lateral and oblique abdominal muscles which form the lower side area of your abs. Start by lying down with your knees up. Then twist your hips so that your bent legs are now to one side (either left or right). Now do a normal crunch, lifting your body upwards and forwards.
Once you've done your 15 repetitions on one side, switch your knees to the other side and do 15 more.
Calf Raises - 30 Repetitions
Holding some sort of weight (dumbbells or barbell), stand straight up, making sure your torso is in parallel with your legs. With your feet spread slightly, go on your tiptoes so that the only point of contact between your feet and the floor are the balls of your feet. Hold for 3 seconds then come back down.
Stiff Legged Deadlift - 15 Repetitions
This exercise helps tone up your legs as well as your back. Two major muscles with one exercise. Start in the same position as a calf raise, holding the barbell. Now slowly bend your torso towards the ground whilst keeping both your back and your legs straight. When the weights reach the floor then slowly make your way back up. Do this 15 times.
Dumbbell Press - 15 Repetitions
The last of the major areas to be worked out are the arms. Especially important for women are the triceps and shoulders. Both of these areas can be worked by doing a set of dumbbell presses with a low weight. Start off by sitting on a solid surface or chair. With your back straight and legs slightly apart, lift the dumbbells so that your elbows are parallel with your shoulders horizontally. Now slowly lift both your arms simultaneously upwards towards the sky until they're right above your head. Hold for a second and then slowly lower back down to shoulder height. Make sure that the starting and finishing position consists of your arms making a right angle at the elbows. Going any lower and you risk weakening your elbow joints, any higher and you won't be getting the full range of motion.
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Great weekly tips to keep you healthy and fit
Great weekly tips to keep you healthy and fit