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Everyone wants to feel and look their best, but most of us find it difficult to summon the energy after meeting life's many responsibilities to exercise. Many people tend to view physical activity as a chore they must do to avoid illness and social exclusion. However, physical fitness doesn't have to be a chore, and it doesn't have to be grueling or painful. The smartest research has shown that individuals who enjoy their exertions are the most likely to make physical activity a lifelong habit.

 

You don't have to go to the gym or run on the treadmill. It's easy to find an activity you enjoy and defeat that hamster on the wheel feeling! There are many, many alternatives to working out at a gym. The easiest of them all is to exercise at home! It requires no investment, no extra effort. All you have to do is try these 12 exercises. You'll be fitter, happier and feel better in no time.

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1. Plank

Planks are an excellent exercise for strengthening the core. You'll notice though there's a lot of focused exertion on the upper and lower body as well. Planks improve posture if performed accurately and regularly. It's a necessary exercise if you want enviable abdominal muscles. This exercise works on strengthing your deep core which is vital because those muscles support your spine, pelvic floor, and almost every motion you make with your body.

 

  • To get starting with planks, get on the floor with your face toward the ground.
  • Place your forearms on the floor with your elbows underneath your shoulders and your hands shoulder-width apart.
  • Make sure your butt does not lift or sag, and your head remains tucked while your body maintains a straight line from your head through the feet.
  • Make sure your body remains in a straight line from your heels through the very top of your head.
  • Focus your gaze directly in front of you.
  • Engage your abdominal muscles and hold the position for 15 seconds.
  • If you find this movement to be painful, try modifying the pose like you would a push-up. There's nothing wrong with starting small and working up with your strength training abilities.

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