With the new year right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to commit to a new workout routine. Between long work days, preparing meals and taking care of important responsibilities, exercising at home can easily outweigh going to a gym. There is no commute time, waiting for equipment to open up or pesky gym fees when you get your workout in at home.
While getting your sweat on in the comfort of your apartment‘s living room is a great way to shed some pounds, it can be hard to choose what workout is the best for you. You have to consider the space you’re working with as well as the sounds your neighbors might hear if you’re jumping around. We’ve got some ideas for home workouts that are don’t require a lot of space and can be completed quietly. Grab your water bottle, here’s our list of best at home workouts.
There are hundreds of exercises you can do that don’t involve any equipment—and many can actually be pretty challenging. Focus on abs, arms, legs or a total body workout. Try the workout routine below which you can do right from your living room. Repeat the sequence two or three times.
- 30-second plank
- 20 lunges
- 10 push ups
- 15 crunches
- 25 jumping jacks
- 20 squats
- 15 bicycle crunches
- 60-second wall sit
- 15 bicep dips
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Practicing yoga is powerful for your body and your mind. Not only is it a great workout, but yoga is something you can do just about anywhere, and there are several different types to try. Yoga cane improve your flexibility, increase your muscle tone, helps prevent future injury and give you other benefits as well. Check out this series of free guided yoga sessions on YouTube. There are sessions that range anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert yogi, there is sure to be a video for you.
Pilates is a tough workout that’s great for small spaces. It has multiple health benefits similar to yoga, such as improving your balance, increasing flexibility and strengthening your muscles. Pilates doesn’t require any special equipment and it also can be done with very minimal noise issues. Check out this pilates YouTube playlist that has a ton of different classes ranging from beginning to intermediate fitness levels.
Resistance bands and free weights
Invest in a few free weights or resistance bands to increase the difficulty of your workouts. Weights and bands are easy to store in a closet and don’t cost much—check out this weight set with simple storage rack and this pack of light to heavy resistance bands. Resistance and weight training help to build lean muscle mass, increase your metabolism and improve your stamina. Both resistance bands and free weights can provide a great full body workout all without leaving your apartment.
It’s important to stay motivated when working out in your home. Make a schedule for days you want to work out and when you’ll have time to fit them in. Keep track of your progress, what workouts you’ve accomplished and reward yourself after you’ve hit small milestones. Remember to always discuss new workout routines with your doctor if you have any medical conditions.
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