Building up your body strength offers a number of benefits, including stronger bones and muscles, greater stamina and improved focus. If you have trouble finding time to head to the gym regularly, try doing these strength-training moves at home, at work or when you’re on the go.
Hold a pair of dumbbells at each side, then slowly raise them up to your chest while keeping your elbows bent. Do 10 to 12 at a time with each arm to strengthen your upper arms. You can also hold canned goods or other heavy objects in each hand if you don’t have dumbbells with you.
Single Leg Squats
Stand on one leg, then lower your body slowly. Move back into a standing position, then switch to the other leg to make the muscles in both legs stronger.
Lie on the floor on your stomach and raise your arms over your head. Lift your legs and arms off the floor, then hold that position for about 5 seconds to strengthen your torso.
Start in a sitting position with your hands facing forward and resting on a box or table behind you. Keep your feet on the floor, then lower your body. Your arms should end up at right angles to it. This helps make your arm muscles stronger.
Lie on your back and lift your legs until they’re at a right angle to your body. Move your legs as though you’re riding a bicycle to give your leg muscles a good workout.
If you’re working on getting in shape for summer, this is a great time to start doing these strength-training exercises. At The Trestles, you can do these moves in the comfort of your spacious apartment or in our on-site 24-hour fitness center. Contact us for more information on our apartments in Raleigh.