Not everyone has access to a gym or fancy workout equipment, and sometimes even if you do, just getting out of the house proves to be the greater challenge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout in right from home. Here are some moves you can do from home using just one common household item: a chair.
The Chair Workout: make sure your chair has all 4 legs and is stable enough to stand on.
- Lateral leg raises: Standing behind your chair with feet side by side, extend your leg out to a 60 degree angle and return to start. Remember to perform this one slowly, squeeze your butt and keep your core tight. Do 10-12 reps, 2-3 times.
Step ups: Face your chair now, and step up with one foot and lower back down. Do 10-12 on one foot, and then 10-12 on the other, 2-3 times.
Butt raises: Face your chair, and lie on your back with your heels up on the seat. Slowly lift your butt off the ground, squeeze, and return to start. Do 10-12 reps for 2-3 sets.
- Push ups: Face your chair and place one hand on either side of the seat, and get into a plank position. Lower down and push back up for 10-12 reps, for 2-3 sets. Remember not to let your butt drop or your shoulders haunch. Keep your core engaged.
- Knee to shoulder: Get back into that plank position, but this time hold it, and bring your left knee to your right shoulder for a crunch, and then bring back to plank. Do the same using your right knee and left should and return to plank. That is 1 rep. Do 10-12 for 2-3 reps.
Tricep dips: Facing away from your chair, place your hands on either side of the seat. Keeping elbows extended, get into a reverse plank position. Lower so that your elbows are at about a 90 degree angle, and then push back up. Do 10-12 reps for 2-3 sets.
All done! The most activity you’ve ever done in a chair!