Simple Exercises You Can Add to Your DIY Boot Camp at Home


Regular and intense workouts supervised by certified fitness professionals are among the perks of joining boot camps. But spending time not to mention the money for a fitness boot camp that may take several days is something that not many women can easily make. Career and personal responsibilities often get in the way of such plans. If you want to get fit by doing your own version of boot camp at home, you can add some of these exercises to your routines:

1. Burpees

Burpees are adrenalin-pumping that seem easy enough to look at until you get down and do it yourself. Do this exercise by squatting down. Place your hands on the floor and get ready to jump while simultaneously putting your feet back and getting into the plank position. From there, quickly jump back to return to the squat position then jump back to a standing position while putting your arms straight above your head.

2. High Knees

Stand straight and get ready to run in place. Make sure to bring your knees as high as you can. You can place both your hands palms down in front of you and try to alternately reach them with your knees. Be careful not to overdo this exercise as it may be jarring to your knees and feet.

3. Jump Rope

You can do this exercise with or without a jumping rope. Start from a standing position with your knees slightly bent as if preparing to jump. Start skipping or jumping just high enough for your real or imaginary rope to pass through between your feet and the ground. Keep doing within the time you allot for each exercise in your routine.

4. Mountain Climbers

Get down on the floor in a push-up position. Put one of your feet near one of your hands. Make sure to align your hands with your shoulders and hips. Jump while simultaneously pulling the leg near one of our hands back and extend it then putting the other leg close to your other hand.

5. Push-Ups

Start by getting into a push-up position. Your hands should be shoulder width as you assume the position. Make sure that your body is straight when you do the drill. Drop down to the ground then push off from the ground to go back to your original position. Do as many as you can while maintaining proper form within the allotted time.

Habits that Sabotage Your Fitness Goals

Keeping fit is a challenge in itself. And when you add some bad habits in the mix, you may inadvertently impede your own progress. Staying fit is a holistic approach that includes maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and eating right among others. But this can be harder to accomplish if you fail to build habits that support your fitness goals. Some of the many ways you can derail your own progress include:

Keeping late hours
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Several studies have been made on the benefits of sleep. And the results all seem point to the beneficial effects of getting enough sleep to your wellbeing. Research even suggests that chronic lack of sleep may lead to weight problems like obesity. Keeping late hours shortens your sleep time and so does poor sleep quality. If left unchecked, it could result to sleep deficits that leave you feeling more tired. What usually happens is that your body will try to ward off the fatigue by relying on sugary foods and drinks to get much-needed energy. If the cycle continues, you are essentially sabotaging the work you have done to stay fit.

Making unhealthy food choices
Exercise alone is not enough to stay fit. You have to balance it with a good diet. Your body needs essential nutrients that you can only get by eating the right foods. If you are committed to a fit and healthy lifestyle, you have to pay more attention to what you fuel your body with. A diet consisting mostly of high-calorie, sugary, and fatty foods will make it harder for you to keep a healthy weight. Overeating likewise means you have to put more time on exercise to burn excess calories. To stay fit, you need a balanced diet consisting of fiber-rich carbohydrates, lean protein, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats.

Skipping exercise
Staying fit is harder when you only do the occasional exercises. If you want to be fitter, you have to get active. And this means not just focusing on a workout routine. You have to incorporate more movements or physical activities into your day. If you spend several hours a day stuck on a chair at work or at home, you have to make time for some sweat-inducing activities like walking, dancing, yoga, or whatever it is that you enjoy doing.

Ignoring stress
Stress is a double-edged sword. It can be good or bad for you. Good stress can spur you to accomplish more. Bad stress can have a domino effect on your wellbeing which ultimately affects your fitness level. You can use various relaxation techniques to manage stress better. Getting quality sleep, eating right, and exercising are also great ways to prevent or relieve stress.

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