Let’s face it. We’ve all been there – those painful days when it’s difficult to go outside especially when it snows. So what would you do to exercise? For those who don’t have a gym membership to rely on, your best shot at staying healthy is to exercise at home on a budget.
In this article, we would be looking at some workout exercises that you can do indoors at home without spending too much.
1. Jump Rope
One of the problems you could face when you work out a lot is that your body might get sore after a workout which leaves your body needing a post-exercise recovery equipment which would provide you with a deep tissue massage which could speed up your recovery. Jump rope is great for a good cardio at home without burning out. It would make you run out of breath but it won’t make your calves feel sore. For a good cardio in a matter of minutes, jump ropes are quite good to get you there.
2. Stair Stepping
As simple as this sounds, it works well and is quite effective. This is a great exercise that you can try at home even if your home doesn’t have a set of stairs. You can get the biggest book you own and place it in front of a TV and step up and down while you watch the network news. You may not work out much sweat as you would with other equipment in your home, but it’s a great way to keep your body active and blood pumping. If you have the budget for it, you can also purchase a stair stepper to increase your workout from home.
3. The Plank
This home workout exercise is for those who don’t have a lot of time but still desire to build up their core muscles. The first thing you want to do is to get into a push-up mode with a little twist. Instead of bending your arms as you would, moving down to the floor, hold that position with your arms extended far. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then 20 seconds and 30 seconds. It looks easy at first but when you hold that position for 40 seconds to 2 minutes, you’ll realize how hard it is. The Plank is one of the most challenging exercises that you can ever engage in.
Doing lunges at home is a bit different from what you’re used to in the gym. Rather than exercising with lunges and stepping back into place, step forward and continue to go forward till you make it to the farthest room from you. You can try this when you go down the hall or from one room to another. When this gets routine or too easy for you, you can add weights in your hands to make them more challenging. Another form of workout that you can do at home is to workout while cleaning. You can perform lunges while mopping the floor and vacuuming. This allows you to workout on your body during chores.
Lifting weights and cardio are the building blocks of an effective workout. If you have a goal to strengthen your arms and shoulder, you can water bottles in your home with other forms of containers as a makeshift weight. If the water bottles are not giving you the desired results, you can switch to milk jugs as well as to tailor your exercise to the exact weight level that you need. Another substitute for weights is a small bag of rice. These substitutes work well for endurance butt work like the glute presses for women. Set yourself down on all fours and squeeze one of the items below in the crease of your knee. Take a step and drop to your forearm to engage your butt as you flex your foot. Repeat this on the opposite side as well. You will feel the burn in the muscles of your upper arms. You can also go through high knees to get that heart pumping – but only if you do double time. March down to the hall and lift your knees as high as possible.
6. YouTube Workout
Planning for workout exercises at home? There is no better way to do it than with YouTube. A simple search for “workout” on YouTube will reveal a list of workouts that you can use for your home workout training. If you want to learn how to perfect traditional strength training workouts like push-ups and crunches, YouTube is a great resource for this as well.
By: Emmanuel Domingo
Few things are more important to Emmanuel than staying active and fit. In addition to regularly hiking and dancing, he also loves focusing on nutrition by cooking healthy, but flavourful and exciting meals for himself and his girlfriend.