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Four easy home workouts using furniture

Keeping up with your regular fitness routine when your gym is on lockdown can discourage you from staying fit (Shutterstock)

Many of us are currently in self-quarantine due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Working from home is hard enough, let alone working out where your bed is only a few meters away and the pantry with all your favourite snacks is right around the corner.

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Keeping up with your regular fitness routine when your gym is on lockdown can discourage you from staying fit. This doesn’t have to be the case, and the following workouts will not cost you a single cent because you probably already have all these home essentials. 

1. Wall

This home workout is as basic as it gets. All you need to do is rest your back on a wall and slide down until your knees are bent to a 90° angle. Hold this position for as long as you can, ensuring that your feet are pointed forwards and are shoulder-width apart. Slowly slide yourself back up the wall and stand straight once you’re done.

This simple workout will flex your ab muscles and you won’t even have to get out of bed (Shutterstock)

2. Couch

A comfy couch is not only perfect for binge-watching your favourite shows but it can also help you stay in shape. This simple workout will strengthen your glutes, so start off by laying on the floor on your back with your feet on the couch and your knees bent to a 90° angle.

Then raise your body to form a straight line. Hold it, then lower your body back to its starting position. There is no pressure on the number of reps you need to do so pace yourself and do however many you’re comfortable doing.

3. Bed

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That’s right, you can work out from the comfort of your bed by doing basic leg lifts. Simply lie on your back with your legs stretched out, hanging off the edge of the bed. Then lift them up to form an ‘L’ shape and slowly lower them back to their starting point. This simple workout will flex your ab muscles and you won’t even have to get out of bed!

All you need to do is rest your back on a wall and slide down until your knees are bent to a 90° angle (Shutterstock)

4. Chair

With this workout, all you need to do is ensure that you use a sturdy chair that won’t strain under the pressure you’ll need to put on it. Start off by sitting right at the edge of the chair and placing your hands at the edge as well.

Slide off the chair then bend your knees into a squatting position while your arms hold you up on the edge of the chair. Finally, lift yourself up until your elbows are straight, then squat again. Do this a couple of more times to give your triceps a good workout.

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