How to exercise at home

How to exercise at home: 10 tips to get you started

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Especially during the cooler winter months, it can be tough to wake up and head to the gym. Make it easier on yourself by exercising at home. These 10 tips will get you started and show you how to exercise at home:

1. Find a book of exercises that will show you moves that you can do in your living room. I started with Rachel Cosgrov’s Female Body Breakthrough and then moved on to the Big Book of Exercises.

2. Consider purchasing exercise bands. they can be used in many different ways. You can even use a door handle to anchor the resistance bands when doing rows or chest presses!

3. Designate an area of your house that will give you room to lunge, jump, and move around. I use our living room, because I play podcasts, songs, and sometimes watch a show from our TV when I work out (of course, headphones will work too).

4. Choose a container for your exercise equipment that is easily accessible, but is also easily stowed. I use tapered bins to hold my equipment – it works with our living room but also keeps the equipment easily accessible so that exercise is simple to set up (and do).

5. Schedule a time to exercise. I tend to exercise in the morning, but any time is a good time!

6. Choose to be active at home even when you aren’t scheduled to exercise. You can use resistance bands (or even do jumping jacks) while watching TV. Check out my post on how to maximize your time for more ideas.

7. Use common household items to exercise – a stair workout (if you have them) is a phenomenal way to get a workout in. You can also use steady folding chairs for step-ups, and a beach towel for floor exercises like push ups and plank.

8. If you need free weights, you can always purchase them – or, you can use heavy objects (like a bottle of laundry detergent or a gallon jug of water) to get you started.

9. Walk, jog, run, or cycle around your neighborhood or at a nearby park. These are great cardio options, and let you get to know your area.

10. Have fun! Even a dance party in your living room can be a great exercise option.

What tips do you have for how to exercise at home?

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How to exercise at home

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  • Abby

    Great post! For an easy home workout with not equipment I sometimes choose four or five exercises and do each one 10 times, then 9, 8, 7 all the way to 1 then go back up the ladder to 10. My go to is: jumping jacks, lunges (count the number your on for each leg), squats, push ups, mountain climbers(count the number for both sides). You could also do this with abs exercises.

    • WOW! This sounds like a perfect workout to do at home – and it sounds like a great mix of challenging cardio and strength training. Thanks for sharing!