There are many reasons to prefer an at-home workout. New parents don’t even have time to sleep, working from home means you need to take many breaks and exercise is a good option, or being budget conscious knowing gym memberships are not cheap. Whatever the reason is, we have eight at home exercises to help you win the day!
1. Chair Workout
A chair workout is exactly as it sounds. You need up to three chairs. with one chair, you can still get by. You buy three plastic fold-up chairs that way you can keep them in a convenient place while not getting in the way. You can do step workouts, bodyweight, and more. The options are only limited by your creativity and needs.
2. Backyard Workout
A personal favorite workout is to hit the yard! This way you can combine some fresh air with your exercising. Sometimes you can get lucky and incorporate yard work in your routine to kill two birds with one stone. A bench or lawn table helps, but you can also use your fold up chairs from the chair workout. Or, if you prefer, your local park likely has plenty to use for a great workout. While a park is not at home, you are still avoiding paying for a gym.
3. Body Weight
A good bodyweight workout is useful anywhere. It is even great for a crowded gym where all the equipment is being used. All the schoolyard classics, push ups, sit ups, planks and even burpees need nothing at all except a floor. The burpee is an excellent all-around workout, getting your cardio, upper body, and fat burning handled all in one exercise.
Pilates was actually invented at the end of World War One. However, it has gained recent popularity because of its simple application that people do almost anywhere. While there is equipment you can use for pilates such as bands and balls, you can put together a very fast and effective home pilates workout.
5. Go For A Walk Or Jog
This may seem like a no-brainer, but yes, going for a walk is exercise! If you have a bit of time to spare or have to make a run to a nearby market or pick the kids up from school, skip the car and jog down to where you need to go. Even a brisk walk can get you into fat burning levels. You don’t even have to leave your home to jog in place. Remember, a casual stroll is not exercised if you are going to go for a walk, step up the pace to get that heart and breathing up!
Cardio, yet another workout where you need nothing but a floor and a strong heart. The great thing about cardio workouts is you don’t even need any training to do cardio. If you know how to move, you can do cardio. Anything that gets your heart and breathing up is cardio. You can hop up and down for 30 minutes and call that a cardio workout. Jogging in place, jumping jacks, jump rope, even running up and down stairs is all cardio.
Yoga is another at home exercise people often forget about. Some people do not even consider yoga an exercise. While it is true, some yoga is for meditation and relaxation alone, there are many yoga exercises that are quite intensive for working out. A good yoga session can leave you sore for a day or two. There are several at home yoga workouts that you can use depending on time and health constraints.
8. Warm Up And Cool Down
One thing you should always do, whether you are working out at home, the gym, or even the park or office is to warm up and cool down. Make sure you stretch before and after. In fact, stretching all by itself can be beneficial if you spend long hours at a desk. Get up, and stretch for a moment, twist your back, stretch your arms and shoulders. Stretching is valuable whether you are going to work out at home or not. If you only have a minute or two to spare, a quick stretch can be very beneficial.
We hope these tips will help you with your home workout whatever your needs are. Also remember, there are YouTube videos and apps out there for all your home workout needs to make things easier for you. Please remember, if you are starting a new routine, check with your doctor before taking risks.
About The Author:
As an athlete, coach, parent, and sports psychology consultant with over 20 years experience in youth sports, I created BaxterSports summer and winter sports camps to continue my work and provide a great environment for athletes to learn and grow in all aspects of life.