Depending on the type of person you are, your workout can be the most exhilarating or dreaded part of your day. If you tend to lean towards the latter, one of your biggest excuses might be: time. In between going to work, running errands, cooking dinner, and maintaining a decent social life – who has time to go the gym these days? The answer is easy: you do not have to go to the gym to be able to work out! If you are shaking your head at running a mile in below 50 temperatures (depending on where you live), then we have another solution for you: workout at home! If you thought you could escape working out, as long as you have a home, apartment, condo, or any area of space, you will be able to fit in a workout. We are going to go over some fun and physically rewarding home workout routines that are going to make your heart pump and your waist tighten. Read on!
At Home Workouts For Both Men and Women
Clearly, most men and women differ it their routine preference when it comes to working out. The best solution for this is to cater to each group. However, this at home workout is a full-body head to toe workout that will get each of your muscles in line no matter what your regular workout routine is. Here are six awesome exercises that will stretch and strengthen your body while you are letting your spaghetti simmer or catching up on your favorite television show:
- Chair Squat: With your arms at your sides, place your feet about hip-distance apart and squat until you thighs are parallel to the floor. With your arms kept straight, lift them until they are in line with your ears, and put your arms back down as you get back into standing position. Do this again, but this time, lift your right knee up to your hip area while bringing your arms up again. Repeat this with your left knee. Do 15 of these exercises for 3 sets.
- Plank: Planks have become popular with providing your core with a good workout. For this plank, place your forearms flat on the floor for plank position. Get into a slight pivot by twisting your body as far to the left as you can while still keeping your plank in position. Repeat by twisting your body to the right. Do 3 sets of around 8 to 10 of these.
- Lunge: With your arms at your sides and your feet hip-length apart, lunge forward as to where your knee is almost touching the ground. Switch legs by shifting your weight to your right foot and by pushing off with your left foot and swinging it behind you. Do 3 sets of about 12 to 15 exercises.
- Pushup: This can be done with regular pushups or a pushup crawl. For a pushup crawl, get back in plank position and lower your chest to the floor as best you can. While you are doing this, bring you left knee up to your right elbow. Return to plank position and perform exercise with your right knee. Again, do 3 sets of about 12 to 15 of these.
- Squat and Jump: This sounds like what it is! For your final exercise, keep your legs wide apart and your arms at your side, and squat till your thighs are parallel to the floor. Then, jump as high as you can while bringing your arms up over your head. Do 3 sets of these 12 to 15 times each.
Now that you are done with your head to toe workout routine, it’s time to check on that spaghetti! Remember that healthy carbohydrates are a great way to replenish muscle after exercise. Luckily, this time you do not have to worry about driving home.
If you are worried about getting your cardio workout done at home—not to worry! We have a hefty set of fast heart-pumping activities that you can do in 20minutes that will get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own home. Get your stop watches ready!
- Jumping Jacks: Do as many jumping jacks as you can for 2 minutes straight.
- Squats: Perform 1 minute of squats
- Jump Rope: 1 minute
- Burpees: Do 15 sets of these.
- Run in place: Run or jog in place for 1 minute.
- Push-ups: Dip into 20 pushups
- March in place: March in place for 2 minutes. This is different than walking in place because you are bringing your knees up much higher to your chest area.
Once you are done with this set, repeat it.
Benefits to Working out At Home
You might be wondering what the perks are to working out at home opposed to a gym. After all, you always hear people saying that being around other people working out gets them inspired and motivated. Well, working out at home does not necessarily mean that you have to do it alone. Call some of your friends over, regardless of whether or not they workout or belong to a gym. Here are some other benefits to working out at home:
- No strings: Joining a gym often requires you to commit to a one-year membership, or a certain amount of time pertaining to the contract. Working out at home requires no commitment – you can do it whenever you want at your own pace without knowing that you can only go to one specific place for however long a time.
- All those other fees: Usually when joining a gym you are required to pay a registration fee of a rather hefty amount in addition to your first month’s membership fee. This can add up, and buying 10 at home workout DVDs will still be far more inexpensive.
- Trainers: Not every gym comes with a trainer, and even if they do, you often have to pay them separately. There are plenty of online classes for a decent price where you get one-on-one personal training and mentorship from a certified trainer.
- Convenience: At-home works will not only save you money, but they will also save you time. You will cut out gas mileage, driving, and be able to work out whenever it fits into your schedule. How convenient is that?
Jump on! (Or up)
Now that you are on-board with at-home workouts, check out all of the online courses that Udemy has to offer for easy, effective, and fun at-home workout routines, and get ready for a successful and rewarding fitness journey!