Though more and more people are joining gyms as a way to get toned and buff, you can get some great exercises at home with only the use of a beach towel. Below you'll find three exercises that can be done by any exerciser, no matter their age, weight or ability level. They are guaranteed to help you lose weight, get toned and feel great!
Bridges are an exercise designed to strengthen the hamstring and glute muscles. Start by placing your beach towel on a flat surface with little to no twigs, dirt or bumps. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Look directly up to the sky with your arms relaxed at your sides. Take a few deep breaths. As you exhale, slowly lift your hips, butt and thighs off the floor. Push them up to the sky so that your body is in a straight line from your knees down to your chest. Hold this pose for about ten seconds, and slowly lower back down to the ground. Repeat two or three more times.
Push-ups strengthen the muscles in your arms, shoulders and chest. Like in the exercise above, start by placing your beach towel on a flat surface. Roll over so that you are facing towards the towel. Place your hands under your shoulders with fingers facing straight ahead. Place your knees on the beach towel, slightly behind the level of your hips. Your body should be at a straight incline at this point from your knees up to your neck, with no bend. Slowly lower your body towards the floor, allowing your elbows to jut out to the sides. Once you get a few inches from the ground, push yourself back up to your starting position. Do two to three sets of ten repetitions of push-ups. If this is too easy for you, you can lift your knees off the ground, and repeat the push-ups on your toes for a more difficult workout.
3. Side Planks
Side planks strengthen the muscles in your lower back and abs. Start with your beach towel flat on the floor, and roll onto one side. Put one elbow down on the ground directly below your shoulder, with your forearm resting flat on the towel. Extend your legs out to the side. You should be resting completely on one side of your body. Take a few deep breaths. As you exhale, slowly lift your body off the ground. At this point, only your forearm, elbow and feet should be on the ground. Try to lift your body high enough so that you are in a straight line from your feet up to your head. Hold this position for at least ten seconds, and then slowly drop back down to the ground. Repeat the process on the opposite side.