Instead of feeling guilty about the money you spent on gym membership that you never use, adjust your needs and preferences to your own lifestyle. If you simply don’t have the time to go to the gym, or dislike working out among other people, you can easily get the desired benefits by exercising at home. The success of your goal is not determined by your environment but the effort you put in healthy habits and exercies. If there’s a will, there’s a way, isn’t that right? So, let’s take a look at all effective workouts that you can do at the comfort of your own home.
Warm up and stretching
Every beginning and end of your workout routine should be the same. This means that you shouldn’t forget to do your warmup exercises before you jump into something more challenging. Also, the workout will be most beneficial if you remember to stretch afterwards. March on the spot for a couple of minutes, do heel digs, roll your shoulders and of course, don’t forget your knee lifts and bends. These will prep you up for an effective workout session. Best stretch movements post-workout include stretching your calves and hamstrings, doing some hip flexors, lifting your chest off the floor by stretching your arms, squeezing your glutes as well as sticking your chest out with your hands gently pulled away behind your back.
Do some cardio
Most people think that the biggest shortcoming of home workouts is the lack of cardio options. But this is not true at all, because you can do some really effective cardio exercises without leaving your home. In that respect, make sure to include jumping jacks as well as jogging in place into your routine. These will activate every muscle in your body and efficiently boost your blood circulation. There are also many different variations of jumping jacks if you want to really target some specific areas on your body.
If you want to tone up your legs, you can easily do so without leaving your home. Definitely the best workout for your lower body (but core as well) include squats. You can also check some leg and bum monthly challenges that you can do at home. What’s more, leg raises and lunges can really step up your workout game. You can also use your chair to spice up your routine even more.
Carve those abs
There’s no better exercise for abs than crunches. And the best thing about crunches is that you can easily do them at home. Regular crunches are great if you’re a beginner. On the other hand, you can increase the difficulty level as you see fit. For example, twisted crunches will do wonders in getting rid of your love handles and toning up your side abdominal muscles. To make your waist smaller, try out oblique crunches. If you want to tone up your lower tummy, you can also introduce double and vertical leg crunches.
What about your arms?
Pushups are undoubtedly the best way to utilize your body weight when it comes to toning up your arm muscles. If you can’t do a “regular” pushup at first, you can always start with knee pushups, but make sure that your knees have proper support. Of course, getting yourself some commercial gym equipment items such as weights and dumbbells can be really helpful with every set of exercises, not just your arm workouts. The same goes for yoga ball and mat if you find that exercising on the floor hurts your back and tailbone.
The most important thing when it comes to the effectiveness of physical activity is consistency. Thanks to the option to exercise at home, you can stick to the specific time for your workout routine. Of course, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and have a balanced diet. That way, you will soon see the results of your hard work, without having to leave your home.
Zara Lewis (Twitter: @ZaraELewis) is a mom, designer and a regular contributor to highstylife.com , devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Will start a blog about it once. Until then writes her diary occasionally. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.