You want to work out, but gym memberships and at home exercise equipment can weigh down on your bank account. Home gyms are costly and take up a lot of space so if you live in a smaller home or in an apartment you might simply not be able to find room. It takes time to travel to and from the gym, adding that to your commute and your family activities you might just not have the time. Luckily there are many workouts you can do at your house, without any equipment or with the use of videos. Below are some easy ideas to help you create your own home workout.
At-home cardio can be tricky without equipment, but there are some things you can do. If you have stairs at home, try doing quick steps—not running—up and then down the stairs for a few minutes to get your heart rate up before you start into muscle building. If you don't have stairs, you can mimic jump-roping in place or do some jumping jacks to burn some extra calories. Of course, there's always stepping a little out of your home and going for a speed walk around the block before the rest of your workout.
Body weight squats are one of the best workouts you can do at home. You don’t need to have free weights just practice good form and repetition to build those glutes. For a combination of leg and cardio do mountain climbers in reps of 10-25 to really get your blood moving. Calve raises can easily be performed on stairs or door thresholds. Lunges can be done down a hallway or in place, and a sturdy kitchen chair is all you need for step ups. Finally, wall-sits for a minute or more will give your legs the burn they need.
Pushups can be done almost anywhere where you have an open space on your carpet or area rug. You can use leftover milk jugs filled with water for bicep and tricep curls. Use two kitchen chairs for chair dips to further work out your triceps. Finally, try several reps of arm circles to work out all of your arm muscles. It may not appear like much, but this simple exercise hits all the muscles in this group.
You can easily add core building exercises to your home workout. Lay down on a rug and perform reps of crunches, sit-ups and leg lifts. Planking also requires no equipment at all, though it does require some mental agility.
You don't require a lot of time or money to keep yourself in shape. Look around your home and find the simple tools and space you need to get your workout in on the fly, whenever you can. Make sure you warm up and cool down with enough cardio, make sure to stretch before muscle training and trade off days for each muscle group in your body.