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One of the first things people do when they decide to lose some weight or put on muscle is to sign up for a gym membership. There are no shortage of gyms running ads and specials for low-to-no money down and X months free; the sad truth is a lot of people fall of the workout wagon pretty quickly and that gym membership takes money out of their accounts monthly. But even for people who have superhuman motivation and dedication, are gyms really worth the money? Could you get by just doing exercises at home? What happens if you don’t have time to make it to the gym, but still want to get a workout in for the day? Good news, the Wassau weight loss experts here have got you covered with some easy exercises to do at home.

Obviously, you can do the basics. Pushups, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, etc. The important thing to remember when you perform these exercises is to ensure you have proper form, otherwise you won’t get the results you want and may end up hurting yourself in the long run. You can also modify your pushups to target different muscles and muscle groups. Everyone knows the basic pushup, but if you spread your arms a little farther you can stretch out the outer parts of your chest muscles near where your arms connect to your torso. By making a diamond shape with your hand while you do pushups, you’re working out your triceps (those muscles on the back of your arms between the elbow and shoulder, if you didn’t know!). For squats, if you spread your legs farther than shoulder-width apart, you can target infrequently used parts of your leg muscles.

Want to work on your abs? There are a few exercises beyond sit-ups that you can do to get closer to that washboard midriff. Bicycle kicks are a bit more forgiving and reduce the strain on your lower back that sit-ups or crunches can inflict. Another target area that people often overlook is the lower abs — you can exercise these muscles by doing leg lifts. Planks are also a great way to tighten up your core and lower back muscles.

If you’re willing to invest a few dollars to equipment rather than to the gym, you can go a few steps beyond the basic exercises we’ve just mentioned. Pick up some dumbbells to start doing bicep curls, chest presses (like a bench press, but with dumbbells to target the muscles a bit better), bent over rows (like you’re rowing oars), and you can step your squat game up a bit by adding weight. A great place to pick up dumbbells are yard sales: they’re lightly used and easily cleaned with a quick disinfectant wipe.

There are obviously some exercises you can’t do at home without the proper gym equipment, but by no means is a gym membership a necessity if you’re starting your Wassau weight loss journey. For those who are shy, or embarrassed, exercising in public, setting up a home routine is a blessing where they can work out in peace and privacy. Regardless if you’re working out at home, or hitting the gym, don’t forget to stock up on the right health supplements like protein powder and pre-workout so you feel motivated and energized to work up a sweat and have the right nutrients to repair your muscles. Contact us today for more info about starting a home workout and which supplements will help you achieve your ideal healthy body!