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7 Exercises You Can Do at Home

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Posted 9/18/2014

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You've made the resolution to lose weight in 2014. But, have you started making the necessary changes to achieve your goal? "There's never a bad time to get started on improving your health, and physical activity can make a big difference overall," says Sarah Emanuel, Certified Wellness Program Coordinator at The Nebraska Medical Center. "The best advice is to be more active today than you were yesterday." If you're new to physical activity, Emanuel recommends starting slow. Incremental changes can eventually make lasting changes. Begin by taking the stairs or going for a walk around the block. If you don't have the desire or financial resources to get a gym membership, look around your home for opportunities to get up and moving. "Exercise doesn't have to be expensive," assures Emanuel. "At home, we have furniture that we can use, stairs, counter tops and open floor plans. There's plenty of opportunity to be mobile in your home." If you're looking for a workout routine to do on your own, Emanuel recommends starting with these 7 exercises: 1.) BODY WEIGHT SQUAT - 3 sets of 15-20 reps 2.) WALL PUSH-UP - 3 sets of 12-15 reps 3.) PLANK POSITION - 3 sets of 12-15 reps 4.) HIP LIFT - 3 sets of 15-20 reps 5.) SUPERMAN - 1-3 sets (each side) for 10-15 seconds 6.) SIDE PLANK - 1-3 sets of 15 second reps (each side) 7.) LUNGE - 3 sets of 15-20 reps (each side)