During the summer, you may find your motivation to work out waning. Here are 10 great exercises that you can do at home without needing any gym equipment and minimal effort.

1) Walking
If the weather permits it and it’s nice out, it’s wonderful to get outside and enjoy the scenery around you while you’re exercising. If Mother Nature is getting in your way of walking you can still have an effective workout while walking at home. If you have stairs in your house or apartment, go up and down them a few times. This will help you tone up your legs, while getting some low impact aerobic exercise as well. Now if you don’t have any stairs, just walk around the house for 15-30 minutes. It may not be the most exciting exercise, but it will get the job done.

2) Jumping Jacks
Jumping jacks are always fun since they bring back great memories of being a kid again. Well surprise!!! They are also great cardio exercises and good for warming up as well.

3) Pushups
Pushups are probably not the most favorite exercise for most people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier way to get them done. The key here is to do what works for you. Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight if that’s easier for you and work your way to up to straight legs. You can even do them while standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.

4) Leg Lifts
These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. If you find it hard to do exercises with your legs straight, try slightly bending them.

5) Crunches
Crunches are the best exercise for building up and strengthening your core and abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, don’t worry or focus on getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of your muscles, you will see some progress.

6) Jogging in place
Jogging is a great exercise for your heart. You can jog in place at home while watching your favorite show or listening to music. The only equipment you will need is a good pair of running sneakers to eliminate stress to your legs.

7) Squats
These are wonderful exercises for your legs and buttocks. If you find the squats are a little too difficult, you can even just try these sitting and standing up from a regular chair.

8) Light Weightlifting
Use any weights you may have on hand, if you don’t have weights you can do with any heavy object you may have around like canned goods. Hold your weights and kneel on your knees with toes touching the ground. Hinge forward from your hips, and bend your elbows at 90 degrees. Unbend your elbows, and extend both of your arms straight back, palms facing each other. Squeeze your triceps, and then return back to starting position. Repeat 10 times. Do three sets of 10.

9) Dancing
Like running, dancing is another great exercise for your heart. Not only will it help you physically, but it can lift you up emotionally and spiritually as well and give you the boost you need. Getting exercise into your daily routine is very important, but you don’t need to go out and join a gym, paying a large amount in membership fees each month. You don’t even need the expensive equipment in order to give your body an effective workout. Use what you have in your house and workout in the comfort of your own home. By doing this you will be more likely to keep up with the exercises when you’re comfortable, so get up and start exercising!

10) Plank
Plank is a great way to build up your core strength. It also helps with your posture. To do a plank lie facedown with legs extended and elbows bent and directly under shoulders; clasp your hands. Feet should be hip-width apart, and elbows should be shoulder-width apart. Tuck your toes to lift your body and hold for 60 seconds at time or as long as you can.
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