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Getting in Shape at Home

New Year’s has passed, have you started working towards your resolutions? If you’re still trying to find the time or motivation to begin your healthier lifestyle this year, we’re here to help. Losing a few pounds this year can be achieved in the comfort of your own home with the right exercises. Of course, you should pair these daily exercises with a healthy diet and a good sleep schedule to see the best results.

Side Plank

This exercise may take a little time to get the hang of but trying is the first step! Lay on your right side with your legs straightened out. Prop your body on your right elbow, even with your right shoulder. Place your other hand on your left hip and squeeze your core as tightly as possible, but don’t forget to breathe. Raise your body until it forms a straight line from feet to shoulders and holds that position for 30 seconds. If 30 seconds is too long, do it in 5 seconds intervals until you reach 30 seconds. If you’re still struggling, rest your knees on the ground at a 90-degree angle and focus on lifting your upper body.

Floor YTI Raises

This exercise is performed in sets of 8-12 of each pose, with three poses total. It would help if you did the repetitions of each exercise without any breaks in between. If need be, start with a lower amount of sets or repetitions.
Lay face down with your arms out to your sides at a 30-degree angle, so that your body forms a Y. Form a thumb up with each hand and then raise your arms as high as you comfortably can, slowly return to your starting position and then repeat. The T pose is performed the same way as the Y pose, but your arms should be straight out to the side. For the I pose, put your arms in front of your, forming a straight line from your feet to your hands. Raise your arms as high as you comfortably can and then repeat.

These exercises may be challenging at first, but without pain, there is no progress! Even exercises for only a few minutes a day, in your own home, with no equipment except your own body, you can make great strides towards the shape of your dreams. Choose a time each day to perform these exercises to create a schedule and begin forming a healthy habit.