Easy At-Home Workouts
There are a ton of exercises you can do from the comfort of your home that require minimal equipment, while still allowing you to break a sweat. If you’re working from home, starting your day with a 30-minute workout can help get your energy up and keep you focused throughout the day in the same way that a relaxing yoga session at night can help you wind-down and get ready for bed.
When planning workouts, the first and most important step is setting a goal for yourself. We understand that working out can sometimes be intimidating so if you’re just starting out, schedule 15-20 minute workouts to get you warmed up. When you feel like you’re ready, add on an extra 5-10 minutes each day. You’ll be working out for 1hr – 1.5hrs before you know it!
Love Your Heart
The most common exercise to get your heart rate up is running or brisk walking. Exercises that include cardio not only aid in weight loss but have also been known to prevent the risk of heart disease.
If you have a treadmill at home, you can either brisk walk or run for 20 minutes to get you started. If you don’t have any equipment for cardio, try going for a quick run/walk around the complex. But remember to be mindful of others around you and practice social distancing.
Another easy way to get your heart rate up is by jumping rope or doing jumping jacks. Getting your heart pumping is an instant way to get your blood flowing faster, and energize yourself without caffeine!
If you’re not used to high intensity workouts, you can warm up your body by performing muscle-targeted exercises. Walking lunges, for example, instantly work the muscles in your legs and core. This exercise is a great way to keep your legs moving and your muscles engaged.
To make the exercise more challenging, hold dumbbells or weights in each hand. If you don’t have weights, use water bottles or any other heavy item that is easy to hold. Feel free to get creative!
Do More for Your Core
An advantage to working out your core is that it can be done without any equipment. All you need is a yoga mat or lay a towel down on a hard floor surface.
Planking is an easy way to activate your muscles and improve your posture. In between planks, try alternating between push ups and sit ups to further strengthen your core. Make sure to do the same number of each exercise to keep it balanced.
Performing these exercises is not only great for your abs but also for your lower back, so if you’re working at a desk all day these exercises are perfect for you.
Just because you want to workout doesn’t mean you have to follow a certain routine or a specific set of exercises. Turn on some upbeat music and have a dance party. Not only is dancing a great way to get your heart rate up, but it’s guaranteed you’ll have some fun too.
Working out doesn’t have to be work if you don’t want it to. Reaching your exercise goals is satisfying, but don’t forget to give your state of mind some space in your routine as well. Starting off with a positive mindset is essential to staying healthy and will only increase your chances of staying on track with your fitness.
Lastly, don’t forget to make a workout playlist with your favorite songs to keep it exciting!