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Many of us have busy lives, meaning sometimes it can be difficult to squeeze in a meaningful workout. From work commitments to spending time with the family, finding enough time for everything you want to do in a day can feel overwhelming, leaving many people discouraged. Fortunately, workouts have come a long way in recent years. No longer do you have to log hours in at the gym each night. Instead, there are many apps and websites devoted to posting effective workouts that can be done at home.

At-home workouts are great for people of all fitness levels and aloffer a level of convenience that gym workouts don’t. While some are specifically designed for individuals just getting into the swing of things, others are designed for experienced yoga, Pilates, or weightlifting enthusiasts.

What are some of the best, most effective workouts to do from home? Let’s take a look.

1. Planks

For a truly effective total body workout, planks take the cake. As an added benefit, they can be done anywhere, including the comfort of your home. Additionally, because planks only use your body weight, you won’t have to buy any fancy equipment or weights. If done consistently and paired with a well-balanced diet, planks can tone your midsection better than many other at-home exercises.

2. Squats

A great lower-body exercise known for burning calories and toning leg muscles, squats are one of the best and easiest home workouts. Squats can be performed by people of all fitness levels and work out a variety of leg muscle groups, including the hamstrings, quadriceps, buttocks, and gluteals. Additionally, the exercise is effective at toning the midsection. To do the exercise, all you need is a wall or chair. Keeping your back straight and feet spread shoulder-width apart, simply squat down as if you’re about to sit in a chair, then return to a standing position. However, it should be noted that individuals with knee problems might experience discomfort while performing squats and might want to consult with a physician before adding them to a regular workout routine.

3. Bent-Over Row

Great for beginners and experienced workout professionals alike, bent-over rows work out the upper body, including the biceps and back muscles. To do the move, all you have to do is stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, and hips tilted forward. Your back should be straight and your abs should be contracted. Then, form a fist with your hands or hold a weight of your choosing in both hands. From there, flex your elbows and raise your hands toward your body. Pause briefly before returning your arms to the extended position, and repeat.

If you’re ever unsure of how to perform an exercise, hop online. There are many videos and blogs available to help guide you through the moves mentioned above.

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