8 of the Best Exercises to do In-Home
28 April, 2021
With public gyms being closed, and maybe even your housing amenities closed too, you can't leave your house to work out. This doesn't mean you can't work out at all, working out at home can suffice too. We wanted to take this opportunity to give you 8 workouts you can do at home, and work into your daily routine until this coronavirus pandemic fades away.
1. Jump Rope
Jumping rope, also known as skipping, is a great way to work out. The effort takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes. Skipping for weight loss is a common reason people take up the activity, so you'll be pleased to know one hour of rope skipping will burn up to 1,600 calories. A regular skipping session improves muscle tone in both the lower and upper body. Once you have purchased the jump rope, it is an inexpensive in-home workout.
Normal workouts can become a bore. You can have a dance party with your family. Once a week, pick out a different playlist and dance to your hearts’ content. Youtube has a lot of dance workout routines for free, or games such as JustDance work up a sweat too.
3. Stair Stepping
If you have stairs in your house, you should put them to use. If you don't have a staircase, you can use a big book, and step up and repeatedly. This exercise could be done right in front of the tv while watching your favorite show. This won't cause you to break a big enough sweat like jumping rope, but it will still keep you fit and healthy.
4. High knees
Running in place is a great way to get your heart rate up, but it can be very awkward. Instead, adding high knees can double the heart rate, and is much more comfortable to do. To do this exercise, march in place or down a hall, bring your knees as high as they can go, and speed up or slow down to your liking.
5. Jump jacks
We have learned how to do jumping jacks for as long as we can remember! This is a great way to get your cardio in for the day. You can do these while watching tv, and during commercials get up and do your round of jumping jacks. Jumping jacks have different variations as well, squat jacks, push-up jacks, burpee jacks, etc.
Squats are a great exercise for your whole body. The parts of your body that benefit the most from exercise are your leg muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. They are in a way vital for your health because they are good for muscle growth and will also help to improve muscle mass when you train other areas of your body aside from your legs. A squat day, keeps your body toned!
7. Spider-man mountain climbers
It is exactly as it sounds. This is another exercise that can get your heart rate pumping while building strength in your legs, core, and arms. You can do these on your porch, or in your living room area but you will need a lot of floor space.
8. Abdominal crunches
Crunches can be something you add to an everyday routine. You can do 100-200 crunches before going to bed, in the morning when you wake up, or both. These can be done on a cushioned enough floor, with your hands by your side or behind your head, with your legs up crossed, or down.