Gym Closed? Try These Home Workouts!
Do you want to learn more about some great home workouts?
Yes, it’s possible. And no, you don’t need lots of exercise equipment like dumbbells, skipping ropes and resistance bands.
With the coronavirus outbreak and the recommendations to practice social distancing, more people are looking to the good old home workout as the alternative to gym and group workout sessions.
In this post, we take you through the best home workouts and you will even learn how to do dips at home!
How do you choose between the best at-home workouts?
Deciding on a home workout plan depends on your fitness goals.
Here are some examples of fitness goals – building your core, strength training, cardio, or increased flexibility. When we combine individual exercises that target different body parts, you end up with a complete home workout.
None of these requires a lot of equipment because the best home workout equipment is your own body.
Let’s have a look at 10 home workouts you can try today…
A complete body workout, Yoga is a contender for the best home workout. There are plenty of apps and instruction videos online that guide you from beginner to expert. Choose your level, identify the body part you want to work on and get on the mat!
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If you’re willing to spend a bit of money, this is a great option for a home workout. Once you’ve downloaded the app, enter your fitness goals and select the workout you would like to do. The app comes with instruction videos, motivational messages, and great options for full-body workouts.
Have you tried Zumba? The upbeat Latin dance music and intense cardio are enough to get your heart racing – that’s why it is such a popular home workout. Because you can do as little as 20 minutes of Zumba a day and still see great results. People with busy work schedules love this workout. Find a couple of videos online and start dancing!
Want to target particular body parts? Then combine a few of the exercises below for a complete home workout.
If you want to work your arms, abs and shoulders then push-ups are a great start. Include them in your workout routine at home today!
Here’s how to do them:
- Lay flat on the floor with your palms flat, at the sides of your body and your legs straight.
- Push your palms down towards the floor with support from your toes, lifting your entire body up and then going back down towards the floor.
- When going down to the floor, don’t touch the floor – balance your body weight using your arms and palms still flat on the floor.
They work your entire body and should be done in intervals. For example, do 10 reps, then take a five-minute break, then do another 10 reps. This is a complete body workout on its own.
- Stand upright legs slightly apart, feet flat on the ground and arms at the side of the body.
- Jump with legs moving outward to the side and arms going up above the head.
This home workout is perfect for thighs and stubborn muffin tops.
- Stand upright, feet slightly apart and flat on the floor with hands on the hips.
- Bend knees slightly and push down, pushing the buttocks out.
If you want to work on your hips, glutes, and thighs, this has to be part of your workout routine at home.
- Stand upright with your feet slightly apart.
- Step forward with your right foot, shifting your weight forward and bending your knees.
Those of us who like a bit of strength training, you have probably heard of dips. There are a few variations, targeting different muscles. We will have a look at dips for triceps, here’s how:
Grab a firm, strong chair and sit on the edge.
- Hold on to the edge with both hands and stretch your legs out (in front of the chair).
- Push your body down to the ground slowly, your back should be in front of the chair (that’s why it’s called the dip!).
If you have ever wondered how to become flexible, here’s the answer – do regular stretching as one of your at-home workouts.
- Do Yoga and Pilates
- Sit flat on the ground, stretch your legs out and try to touch your toes.
Seems so easy right? Truth is, it harder than it looks and that’s probably why it’s a staple for any home workout routine.
- Lay on your stomach on an exercise or yoga mat.
- Eyes down to the ground, lift your body, balancing your weight on your forearms and toes.
The best part of home workouts is that you can decide what you want to do and when you do it. There’s no pressure to overdo your exercises and you can do them at a pace that suits you. Are you ready to get started? What do you think you will try first? We would love you hear your feedback!
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Note: There are many factors involved in our ability to safely exercise. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.
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