How To Workout At Home
Getting into a good workout routine isn’t easy. One of the most frequent excuses is not having the time to go to the gym, or maybe, you don’t have a gym in your local area. Sure, you could put your running shoes on and go running but many people don’t really like pounding the pavement.
If your time is limited or you simply can’t go to the gym, you can still get a good workout at home. Before you come up with your next excuse for ditching exercise and lounging about, look at how to workout without a gym at home. You may be surprised at how many options you can come up with.
1. Use The Stairs
Okay, so this one may only be an option for you if you actually have stairs in your home, or you live in an apartment building with stairs. What better way to replace the Stair Master at the gym than an actual staircase? Count how many stairs you have and see how fast you can run up and down. Then challenge yourself to beat your own personal record. If you don’t have a lot of time, in just 10 minutes you can run up the stairs as fast as you can and then descend at a slower pace. Do that for 10 or so minutes every day and you’ll soon be increasing your time to 20 minutes or more.
2. Muscle Builders
Not all exercises require equipment. In fact, there are dozens of exercises you can engage in that don’t require any equipment at all. You can do things like squats, push-ups, sit-ups and a whole lot more. Put together your own workout using a combination of these exercises, or you can go really intensive and do things like Burpees.
Does your favorite morning show have a fitness segment you can follow? Even if you don’t watch morning TV there are many different workout routines available over the internet on sites such as YouTube. With so many to choose from you can change the type of routine you engage in every single day. You may want to do a HIIT workout one day like Tabata training, then put shoes for Zumba and dance the next. Not only can you find some really intense routines as well as easier ones, you can even search for quick routines like the popular 5 minute workouts for when you are pushed for time.
You don’t need to be a yoga master or even go to classes to get a great yoga workout. Yoga is one of those exercises you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own home. All you need is a yoga mat or a folded blanket and some comfortable clothing. Yoga pants and tops are ideal, but anything you have that won’t restrict your movements is perfectly fine.
If you’re not sure of what to do, go to your bookstore or library and get some books on yoga or check out some yoga websites for inspiration. The internet is also full of different yoga routines and breathing techniques with simple, step by step instructions for beginners all the way through to advanced yogis. It’s just a matter of finding the ones you like and that are within your capabilities.
5. Grab Some Hand Weights
If you like working out with weights you can still get in some great weight training at home. Hand weights are readily available and aren’t very expensive. As with all workout routines, you can find dozens of them on the internet or put together your own. If you don’t have hand weights you can grab a couple of water bottles and fill them with sand. Different sized bottles will give you weights of varying heaviness so you can really get a good workout going.
6. Jump Rope
Stumped for an at home workout idea? Go back to your childhood favorites and get yourself a jumping rope. Jumping rope is a great way to get some cardio exercises going and you can vary the intensity and type of jumping to turn a relatively dull exercise into one that will really get your heart pumping and your body sweating. It’s also an incredibly cheap piece of equipment that you can get at almost any toy store. In a pinch you could even use an electrical extension cable or a piece of rope. Nothing could be easier.
7. Resistance Bands
Resistance workouts are great for toning muscles and this is also something that you can incorporate into your home workout routine. You can get a proper resistance band or you can use a towel or anything stretchy you have lying around. Look online for inspiration and you’re ready to go.
8. Do The Plank
The plank is one of those workouts that many people have a love/hate relationship with. It looks simple enough. You just align your body into position and hold it for a minute or two. It’s actually a lot harder than most people think to hold the position but it’s worthwhile for a number of reasons. It can strengthen your back, chest, shoulders, neck and abdominal muscles. It’s also great for improving your posture.
If you’re a plank beginner, start off with holding the position for 10 to 20 seconds. Do this a few times a day and gradually increase the time until you can hold the position for 2 minutes. Once you master the ability to hold your form, you can alter the positions to include planking on your sides and alternating lifting your legs. Keep in mind, when you are starting out, that the correct form and posture is more important than the time you can hold the pose.
We get it. Many people have limited free time and others may not be able to afford expensive gym membership fees. You can still have a great workout at home with a few simple and cheap pieces of equipment. The most important thing you need is determination. With so many different options you can alter your workout routine every single day which means you’ll never get bored with repetition.
Put aside all those excuses and get moving. You can become your own personal trainer and get fit and healthy right in your own home.