Ideas for working out at home
by Shelley Langenhorst
Your alarm goes off: It’s 5:30am and you are hoping to fit in a workout before you start your day. Problem is that it is cold outside! It’s hard enough to get out from under the warm covers much less imagine running outside or even getting in-and-out of your car to hit the gym.
Cold weather and time restraints don’t have to ruin your exercise efforts. Check out these easy ways to break a sweat in your own living room.
Want to get in a good workout without the gym? No need to shell out money on fancy workout gear. Check out these exercises that you can do at home or on the go – no equipment needed.
Your lower body contains the largest muscle groups in your body and is therefore a calorie-burning powerhouse. Lunges, squats, bridge raises, and leg lifts are all great no-equipment lower body moves. See Fitness Magazine’s comprehensive guide to lower body workouts for picture how-to’s.
When you think of upper body workouts, chances are the basic pushup comes to mind. With just a slight tweak in body positioning, you can made this basic move work for you. Start with these 5 Pushup Variations You Need to Master to have strong arms in no time.
Crunches, sit-ups, v-ups, oblique moves – there are so many no-equipment ways to target the muscles of your core. Not only will working out this area give you a tight tummy, but it will give you the strength and stabilization you need to have better posture and balance.
To get your heart rate way up, you should consider HIIT or high intensity interval training. Also known as tabata, HIIT is a short but very high intensity workout that alternates periods of full on activity with periods of rest. For a high intensity workout at home, a Gymboss interval timer from eBay is the perfect inexpensive tool to track your workouts.
One of the easiest ways to workout at home is with a fitness DVD. They are usually minimal on equipment and high on the intensity and fun. Not to mention, DVDs are a whole lot cheaper than personal trainers!
Try DVDs from Dr. Oz’s personal trainer Joel Harper. His workouts are about 20 minutes each and require minimal equipment (or often none at all).
Learn how to lose inches and earn cash back with the Les Mills Combat Workout.
If you’re willing to spend a little money to sweat at home, check out our ideas to Improve your home with a home gym. If not, check out our deals at Magazines.com for fitness magazines that will give you even more affordable at-home workout ideas.
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