Gym memberships can be expensive, and so can home gym at equipment. Luckily, you don’t need to splurge your hard-earned money on shakeweights or chrome ellipticals to be able to get in shape in your own home.

Here, we've compiled a list of the best 5 exercises you can do at home, no matter your level.

1. Side Lunges

Side lunges work your gluteus maximus muscle, as well as your smaller gluteus minimus and gluteus medius and your hamstrings, thighs and calves. Side lunges are simple enough to complete and therefore are easy for beginners in exercise and have the ability to be used within a comprehensive workout routine for those who are more advanced.

Side lunges start with feet and shoulders level, step one leg out to the side, trying to keep your toes pointing forwards, bend the leg you haven't moved out to the side, by leaning onto it and stretch the outstretched leg. If you feel any pain in the knees then lessen the amount you are stretching your leg and bending your supporting knee.

2. Stair Climb with Bicep Curl

For this exercise you’ll need some stairs and something to hold in either hand, be them weights or other household items as a substitute (cans of soup and water bottles are good alternatives to consider).

Briskly walk up and down the stairs as a form of cardio, while pulling your weights/weight substitutes in a bicep curl. Bicep curls start with the thumbs towards the inside of the body, as you lift your weights, curl your arms so that your thumbs are facing the outside of your body, and reverse the process when moving the arms back down.

3. Wall Sit

All you need for the exercise is (as the name suggests) a wall.

Slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground, as if you're sitting on an invisible chair. Once you've done this, try and hold your position for a number of seconds in reps. For beginners, consider starting off with reps of between 10-30 seconds and, as you advance, go up towards 60 seconds. To add more intensity to the workout, you can add the previously mentioned bicep curls.

4. Tricep Dips

Workout your upper body and improve your triceps using classic tricep dips. You need a standard sturdy chair for this exercise. Put your arms behind you, roughly in line with where they would naturally hang beside your hips, and hold the edge of the seat of the chair. Straighten your legs out before you so that your upper body is the only thing holding you up. Bend your elbows down, lowering the top half of your body, before pushing it back up. Do

these in reps and make sure your movements are controlled and that you take breaks when needed in between sets if reps.

5. Yoga

Yoga has long since been hailed for being good for the mind and body alike. The physical benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, as well as respiration and energy. Yoga can be used as, or alongside, your warming up routine and winding down routine before and after exercise and can be done at home.

 

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