With the demands of work, family, and every other obligation in between, it can be difficult to find time for a workout. There do not seem to be enough hours in the day. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you have to give up your fitness routine. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of determination, you can get more exercise in while at home.
Even if you live in an apartment or have limited space, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate fitness into your daily life. From simple exercises like jumping rope or doing squats in your bedroom to activities like yoga that can be performed anywhere, there are tons of strategies for getting fit without leaving the house. If you want to get in more exercise, try some of these tips:
Run in place while you're waiting for the coffee to brew
There are lots of reasons why you might want to run in place in your home: it might be too hot outside for a run, you might have little ones who are taking a nap and you can't leave or perhaps it's too late at night. Whatever your reason, running in place is a terrific way to get in a quick workout.
You'll get a good leg workout as well as a core workout from the slight bouncing motion. Running in place for about 5 to 10 minutes will give you a good cardio workout that engages your entire body.
Do squats and lunges while you're watching TV
Squats and lunges don't have to be done in a gym. You can easily do these exercises while you're watching TV at home. Squats and lunges are extremely efficient exercises. They build up strength in your legs and improve your balance and stability.
It might seem like a child's game, but jump rope is a full-body workout. Jumping rope will tone your legs, hips, and abdominals. It's a wonderful way to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular health, and it can easily fit into a busy work or home schedule. You can jump rope almost anywhere, and it's one of the best ways to get in more exercise.
Lift weights or use resistance bands
You don't need a lot of fancy equipment or a gym membership to lift weights. All you need is a few pairs of dumbbells or a resistance band. There are tons of ways to incorporate these items into a workout. (Check out the Badass Body Goals Journal that was included in the October 2021 Actlive Life box for easy-to-follow resistance band exercise routines.) You can target certain areas or do a full-body workout.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
If you live in a tall apartment building, you may be tempted to take the elevator up and down. Try the stairs instead. Taking the stairs several times a day is one way to get more exercise in your home (or at work). It's a low-impact exercise that can help you burn calories, improve your cardiovascular health, and build up your leg muscles. You don't need to do it for a long time to see results. In a pinch, just a couple of minutes at a time will do. You can even try climbing the stairs two at a time to get a more intense workout.
Take a short break for a walk
At home, when you can free up some time, try taking a walk. You can opt to take short walks or long walks; it's up to you. Walk briskly for more aerobic benefits. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes. (Add the hand weights from the May 2022 Actlive Life box to your walk for even more intensity.)
Try yoga or tai chi
Yoga and tai chi are excellent ways to get more exercise in your home. Not only do these activities provide cardiovascular and strength training, but they also improve flexibility and balance. Yoga and tai chi have many health benefits, too. They can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and improve your overall mental health.
There are many types of yoga, and each type can be modified to suit your skill level. (The book "Pick Your Yoga Practice" that was inside the March 2022 Actlive Life box can help you identify which yoga style fits you best.) Tai chi is less widely practiced but is like yoga in many ways.
Stretching is good for your body and mind as well
Most people associate stretching with after-workout activities, but you can do it anytime. In addition to improving your flexibility, stretching can help you relax and reduce stress levels. You can do simple stretches almost anywhere, and they only take a few minutes out of your day. Most experts recommend holding each stretch for about 30 seconds.
Getting more exercise in your home is easier than you might think. Whether you do it to save money or to get fit, the more you do it, the easier it will become. The most important thing is to find an activity that works for you. Whether you're looking for a good cardio workout or want to improve your flexibility, these tips can help you get there. With a little creativity and determination, you can get in more daily exercise.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise routine. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.