3 Exercises to Do at Home

Many people do push-ups, sit-ups and lunges at home, but there are more exercises that can be done at home for an effective workout. Get creative with your home exercise routine; motivate yourself to succeed at your fitness goals.

Consider these three exercises alternatives to a typical home workout.

Chair Dip

One of the best exercises you can do at home is the chair dip. This workout primarily challenges your arms.

Select a sturdy chair with no wheels or coasters. If you sit in it, your feet should be able to touch the floor. Sit at the edge of the seat with your back straight. Place both hands on the front edge of the seat on the outsides of your legs. Use your arm muscles to lift your body off the seat and lower it toward the floor.

Keep arms bent at 90 degrees and don't let your rump actually touch the ground. When you feel your body nearing the floor, bring your body back up and sit on the chair again. Fitness magazine recommends doing eight repetitions of this exercise.

Side Plank

The side plank is also one of the best exercises you can do at home. This one works both your arms and your abs for a full upper-body workout.

Begin with your body on the floor in push-up position. Cross your right foot over your left foot and rotate your body so that your right arm is pointing toward the ceiling and your body is supported on your left hand. Hold this pose for a few seconds, bring your hand back to the floor and uncross your legs. Hold this push-up pose or do one push-up with arms bent all the way to the floor. Repeat this on the other side and do five repetitions of each.

Dumbbell Squats

Amp up your squats with a simple dumbbell. As one of the best exercises you can do at home, squats are not only easy, they're effective.

Brace one weight in both hands; make sure it's one you can comfortably hold through ten squats. Hold it against your chest and perform your squats as usual. If you can't make it to 10 squats, choose a lighter weight.

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Rochelle Connery is a professional freelance author and an avid fitness enthusiast who enjoys working out as often as possible.

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