Staying active is an important component of healthy living. If you can't make it to the gym, or would rather avoid the crowds, you can still get a good workout at home.
Irene Lopez is a nurse and exercise physiologist from the University Health Fitness Center at the Texas Diabetes Institute. In this video series, Irene teaches you how to get fit using common objects from around your home. In this video, Irene focuses on strengthening your biceps, shoulders and calves.
Here are a few things to remember before you get started:
- Make sure you have permission from your doctor.
- Immediately stop if you begin to feel chest pain, shortness of breath or sudden pain in any part of your body.
- Breathe while you exercise.
- Using proper form is more important than lifting a lot of weight.
- If you have back issues, we recommend using the modified exercises, or avoiding them completely.
You will use these simple items during the exercises:
- 1-2 light dumbbells or 1-2 16-oz bottles of water
- Resistance band
We will show you how to do these simple exercises:
- Bicep curls
- Shoulder press
- Calf raise