Going to a gym for a workout is a great idea, but sometimes you just want to get in some exercise at home. Whether you don’t have a gym membership or just don’t have the time or motivation to make it out of the house today, there are lots of things that you can do to have a fun workout without leaving your living room. These 12 ideas for at-home fitness fun are a mix of exercises you know how to do – and ones you should definitely try!
Just about everyone’s done pushups at home before. Do them when you have a spare minute, or even in the middle of a commercial break while watching TV. If you mix them up with crunches and squats, you have a workout that works your legs, abs and upper body.
If you’re looking for a quick way to get your legs burning, do a wall-sit. To say that you only need a minute is an understatement: chances are your legs will be burning in 30 seconds! Just lean your back against a wall and slide down it until your knees are at about a 90-degree angle. Raise your arms to shoulder height, and hold that pose.
3. Animal Motions
Performing some simple, primal movements can be a great way to work your whole body in a short time. Simply do a bear crawl or go back and forth across your room in sideways-traveling primate. With these unconventional exercises, you can get a great workout and learn to move in a whole new way.
Yoga is a great full-body exercise. To do it at home, all you need is a clear space slightly larger than your body. If you don’t know enough yoga to be able to make it through a whole practice on your own, you can follow along with a DVD,
online video or on-demand TV yoga workout.
5. Fitness DVDs
Speaking of videos, fitness videos can be a great way to break a sweat. Whether you’re in the mood for Zumba, hip-hop, aerobics, weights or kickboxing, you can be guided through an effective workout by just popping
in a DVD and following along. Once you’ve done a video enough times, you’ll probably be able to start doing the moves on your own without any guidance. This gives you the freedom to improvise and adapt the workout to your
If you like home fitness, you owe it to yourself to get a pull up bar. This one simple piece of equipment will greatly increase your ability to get strong at home. Not only can you do pull-ups, holds and hanging leg raises on the bar, you can also work up to single-handed pull-ups, clapping pull-ups, L-sit pull-ups, bow-and-arrow pull-ups, towel pull-ups, front levers, skin-the-cats and much, much more. (Do, of course, make sure your bar is stable before trying these moves.)
Burpees are an effective (i.e. butt-kicking) exercise to perform at home. You don’t need any equipment at all to exhaust yourself doing burpees. And that’s what you need from home fitness, right? If you’re tall and you have a low ceiling, be careful on the jumping portion of the exercise.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be done at home – and no, you don’t need to live in a mansion for it. You can do tabata intervals with jumping jacks, burpees, pushups, pull-ups or just about any other exercise you can imagine. If you want more ideas of how to do HIIT at home, Neila Rey has put together a 30 day HIIT Program that’s available free.
Planks require absolutely no equipment, and the strength they bring to your core will help you in practically every aspect of your life.
10. Punching Bag
If you’re looking for a good way to get in exercise at home, consider buying a punching bag. This way, you can get the cardio and strength benefits of training with a bag, and you can work out some aggression too.
11. Wall Handstands
Handstands can increase your balance and strength, and all you need to practice them is a wall. Place your hands next to the wall and kick up. The wall will keep you from teetering, but try to rely on it as little as possible: you want to use mainly your own strength to keep yourself vertical.
12. Get Creative
If you brainstorm, you can come up with a lot of different ways to get exercise at home. Do bear crawls when you go from one room to another. Try balancing on one foot or doing toe raises while you do the dishes. If you treat it as a game and allow yourself to have a little fun, you’ll discover that home fitness becomes an enjoyable way of life.