SLUG: HE-MISFITS28 DATE:  July 9, 2009 CREDIT:  Susan Biddle LOCATION: Ashburn, VA CAPTION:  Jenny Hein and her friend Brigette Polmar have developed a web site called which shows people how they can exercise while they are doing other things - ie unloading dishwasher, picking up kids, blow drying hair, etc.   Jenny demonstrates the Two-Step which is running up the stairs, two at a time, another cardio exercise.  StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on  Mon Jul 20 21:33:04 2009

How You Can Turn Your Home Into A Personal Gym

A lot of people definitely want to achieve muscular or toned bodies which they can flaunt during the summer time and it has it’s practical uses for self defense. In order to achieve the bodies that they have always wanted, they follow certain dietary meal plans. These meals typically consist of the nutrients that they need for muscular growth, such as protein, carbs and micronutrients, without the unwanted ones, such as processed foods.

However, the consumption of a dietary meal plan is not enough for you to have a toned body. You will need to couple it with physical activity. In this case, you will also need to follow a workout program. The program includes different exercises that target different parts of the body.

Most individuals usually go to gym to do their workouts. There are already numerous gyms that exist almost anywhere. All you need to do is apply for a membership to start using their facilities. Other people who have enough finances may even opt to purchase gym equipment that they can set up in their homes or in their offices. In this manner, they can perform physical exercises at any time.

Like most people, though, you may be living a busy life and spend a lot of time at work. As a result, you do not have time to go to a gym, which may be located too far away from either your own home or your office. Aside from that, you might not be able to afford the purchase of gym equipment as you only earn an average income. If your budget is stretched as well as your time and space go for dumbbells. The best adjustable dumbbells will cost a bit upfront but they will be space efficient and saves you having to purchase a whole set, you will see what I mean when you follow the link.

If you cannot afford or do not wish to purchase dumbbells, you do not actually need to go to the gym to be able to do your workouts. It is not even necessary for you to spend money on a gym membership or the purchase of gym equipment. You have to realize that you can find all the things you need for an effective workout in your own home.

There are a lot of exercises which you can perform at home. You can improvise some things and create a gym equipment out of items that you can find in your house. You can even make use of the different areas of your property. Here are a couple of exercises that you can do with your household items.

You can actually perform modified push ups at home. When you do a standard push up, it strengthens the chest area, the arms and the back. However, if you increase the difficulty of such push up and perform it on an inclined angle, then, you have the chance to work your core muscles out. For this situation, you can make use of your kitchen counter tops. You can place both of your hands at the edge of the counter top and perform a regular push up. You just have to make sure, though, that your body is at an inclined angle for the exercise to be effective. With this angle, you do not need too much arm and chest strength. If you want to challenge yourself, then, you can do a modified push up with your hands on the floor and put your feet on an elevated area, such as a sofa or a chair.

You can also perform sofa squats. When you squat, you are working out your glutes as well as your legs. Squats can also give you a toned butt and probably make it bigger, too. At times, it may get tiring for you to do squats. As a result, when your legs are about to give up, you find yourself on the floor. In this case, you might want to perform your squats near the sofa. When you get into the squat position, you should make sure that your butt touches the sofa lightly. This way, when you do not have leg strength anymore, the sofa will catch you and you will not hurt your butt.

push ups on the stairs

The stairs in your home can also be a perfect alternative for a gym equipment. You may do step ups on the stairs. To do this, you should leave your left foot on the landing step. Afterwards, you should put your right foot on any step that will make your right knee bend at an angle of 90 degrees. Then, you must lift your left foot by placing your body weight on your right foot yet maintaining the angle on the right knee. You should do this for 30 seconds and then repeat the same action for the left foot.