In the hustle and bustle of the busy lifestyle a majority of people live, it can be challenging to find ways to stay active. Whether you work long office hours, you’re studying for your degree, or you’re a full-time parent, the weeks have a way of slipping by too quickly. Staying active and fit doesn’t mean that you have to dedicate yourself to a personal trainer or buy a gym membership. There are ways to get fit in your own home, and it can be fun!
- Commercial Circuits
Do you have a favorite weekly TV show or enjoy watching the daily news? Incorporate a work out that fits into the show of your choice! For every commercial, get moving! You can switch it up with each TV break, or develop a routine that you repeat. You can start off with 10 lunges for each leg, 20 jumping jacks, and work your way to 15 jump squats. By the end of the show you will have completed at least 3 circuits of your mini workout!
- Start Walking
Taking a walk around your neighborhood is a great start to getting fit, and it’s easier on your joints than running. Completing LISS (Low Intensity Steady Rate cardio) for a period of 30-60 minutes does wonders for your health. The basic recommendation is to average 10,000 steps every day. This recommendation comes from the CDC’s 2008 physical activity guidelines stating you need 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week. A brisk walk getting 10,000 steps should take roughly 30 to 40 minutes. This means that if you walk 10,000 steps every day, you should easily hit that recommendation of 150 minutes.
- Ride Your Bike… Indoors!
An exercise bike is an excellent way to get fit at home, and can give you different types of exercise! You can use an exercise bike to complete low intensity cardio while you watch a TV show, or a movie. An alternative is to use it for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and knock out your workout in a short 15 minutes. What’s so great about an exercise bike is that you can get fit while spending time with your family and watching a movie, or while you keep an eye on your kids. Most exercise bikes include a stand in the front, so you can even prop up a book to catch up on some reading or studying! A bonus with an exercise bike is that you can use it year around because no matter the weather, your bike is ready and available to ride!
- Clean the House
Turn your house cleaning into a work out! Whether it’s vacuuming, sweeping, or putting away the dishes; putting a hop in your step can get your body moving and increase your heart rate. It can even be something as simple as dancing as you vacuum, and flexing your abs tight when you swing your hips! Put on your favorite upbeat music and bust a move. Incorporating an exercise between chores is a great way to get in those exercise circuits. For example, after you vacuum, knock out 40 crunches before you pick up the duster!
- Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise and relaxation. You can practice yoga in your home, or outside in the fresh air. If you’ve never done yoga before, there are beginner’s videos online that you can follow along with. There are also videos for those who regularly practice yoga! Online classes don’t have to include spending money, there are various online classes and websites that you can follow along with for free.
- Everyone Likes Clean Clothes
Putting your laundry away can easily be transformed into a light workout. Rather than folding all of your items at once and putting them put away while standing in your bedroom, make trips! Leave your laundry basket by the dryer, fold one piece of clothing at a time, and go put it away. This is a great workout if your washer/dryer is on a different level of the home than your bedroom. All of the stairs really add up!
- Bootcamp Workout
If you’re dedicated to getting in a full body work out, you can do this at home too! You can create your own boot camp style workout, or pull examples from the web. A few great exercises to include in boot camp style workouts are burpees, jumping squats, pushups, and planking.
These aren’t the only ways that you can get moving and stay fit at home. However, with this list of 7, that’s a work out for every day of the week! All you need is motivation and some open space, and you can accomplish these fun workouts in no time.