We all lead busy lives and sometimes fitting in your workout for the day seems unlikely. However, workouts do not have to long, conducted in the gym or require a lot of expensive equipment in order to be effective and get you looking and feeling great. Here are just 15 ways you can workout at home, saving you travel time and gym membership money.
Barre: This form of exercise, derived from the exercises that help dancers get those long, toned bodies, is easily done in your living room. This forces you to use your own body weight to strengthen and tone multiple muscle groups throughout your body.
Pilates: Pilates focuses on core strength to help you do a variety of moves, all from the floor. There are either DVDs you can purchase or a variety of free videos online that you can access from your laptop, tablet or even your phone to help you get in your workout.
Yoga: This workout is not necessarily strenuous (though it certainly can be!) but can help develop your flexibility and give you a relaxing way to alleviate some stress, all without leaving your home. Learn some sun salutations and vinyasas you can do on your own.
HIIT: This stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The idea is get your heart rate up, while performing short periods of intense workouts. For example, you may run high knees for 1 minute, rest for 15 seconds, do push ups for 1 minute, rest for 15 seconds and continue with this mode until all exercises have been done. These can be as short as 20-30 minute exercises.
Partner Workouts: Grab a buddy to help you workout even better. There are many moves that can be done together that will change the other such as walls sits and tricep dips, partner torso rotations, and sit-up ball catches.
Bosu Ball Workouts: These look like half a ball on a flat platform. These are great for testing your balance while also doing your regular squats, lunges, pushes and other exercises. This helps take those basics to the next level.
Swiss Ball Workouts: You will recognize this as those large exercise balls from the gym. These are great for ab workouts, as it allows you to extend further than you can on the ground.
Weighted Ball Workouts: Toss it up, throw it against the wall, hold it while doing squats, lunges and wall sits. These weighted balls can make your workouts just a little harder right in your living room.
Simple Arm Equipment: The equipment you see at the gym makes it look like you need huge machines in order to get in a good workout. Not so! Look for simple exercise equipment, such as this one, that will not take up a lot of room in your home and even allow you to get in a small workout while doing other things, such as watching TV.
Treadmill: If you have a treadmill at home, make sure you use it more than just for walking or running. You can do lunges, reverse mountain climbers, side shuffles and many other workouts.
Stairs: If you have stairs in your home, utilize them! Walk up and down the stairs or do it at a jog to get an even more intense workout. You can also use them to do tricep dips, push up and calf raises (with your heel hanging off the edge of the stair). Put your stairs to good use.
Circuits: Set up a circuit in your living room with about five stations, each one requiring a different exercise. Assign each station either a time frame (attempting to complete as many repetitions as possible in that time) or a number of reps to complete before moving on to the other station. Repeat your circuit one to two times, for a total of two or three rotations.
Resistance Band Workout: These can be used to mainly work your arms, legs and back, though if done well, core muscles will be engaged as well. Front squats, leg extensions, glute bridges, standing leg adductors, lateral band walks, bent over rows, overhead stretches and more.
Incorporate Your Baby: No equipment, no problem! Use your baby as inspiration while you workout. For example, you may do push ups with your baby under you, kissing their head each time you go down or doing sit up holding your baby and extending your baby high above you each time you go up.
Jumping Rope: Did you know that jumping rope burns more than 10 calories per minute, all while working your arms, legs, glutes and shoulders? It really is a killer workout. This can easily be done in your driveway, backyard, or a higher ceiling room. Make it fun and try the tricks you used to be able to do as a kid!
So whether you would prefer not to use equipment or simply employ a simple exercise tool, you can get in a quick, sweaty workout at home that will help you keep up on your fitness goals, without the inconvenience of going to a gym.
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Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and reality optimist. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, and I hope while you’re here you’ll find something that makes your #momlife easier!