Working out from home can be liberating – if you know what you’re doing. One notable factor that deters people from exercising and getting fit is the cost of a gym membership. Some gyms are prohibitively expensive and if you aren’t sure how much you will actually be able to go, because of work or family commitments, it can seem like a colossal waste of money. Another factor is distance and the time you save bu not travelling to and from a gym. If your gym is far away and requires driving or public transport to reach, this might put you off wanting to go.
Home work out routines combat these two problems effectively. You don’t need to travel and your exercise is completely free. Win-win! All you need to do is find the motivation to get up and move. This is where being in a gym can be beneficial. When you are surrounded by other people exercising, you feel more driven to exercise yourself.
Abs Work Out
The only kind of equipment you might want for this work out is a yoga mat. If you have one, great. If you don’t, it’s not a big deal – just work out on the floor. For an abs work out you will spend your whole time on the floor doing various exercises to work your core muscles. Lie flat on your back and start with flutter kicks. You can then move on to crunches, plank, and pilates moves to engage those abdominal muscles. For a full work out routine, take a look on YouTube for work out channels.
Total Body Work Out
Here is a work out that can be done in 20 minutes and will have you sweating and panting by the end of it. Start off by warming up and then get ready to start with press ups. Ten press ups are followed by jumping jacks until your timer hits the one minute mark. The next exercise is ten spider lunges followed by jumping jacks until the two minutes mark. Next you’ll do ten jumping lunges and jumping jacks and then ten walk outs. This whole circuit should be completed five times for maximum efficacy.
Arms Pump Work Out
If you have a set of dumbbells then get them ready for this work out. If not, try and find something heavy in your home that you can easily grasp – a gallon of milk works well. Start with bicep curls. Keep your elbows by your sides and bring your arms up one after the other. Next, take both arms out to the side so they are stretched out in a straight line, at 90 degrees to your body. Finally pull the weight up over your head so your arms are stretched up and let the weight fall slowly behind your head and back up again. Repeat the exercises for as many reps as you can.
Yoga is such a simple work out that requires no equipment, bar a mat. There are all kinds of different types of yoga, so pick one that will suit you best, and that doesn’t require special equipment, such as a hot room. Stretch yourself out and complete the routine to the best of your ability. Make sure you always maintain good form. It is much better to do the moves perfectly and only get halfway through the work out than to let your form drop and make it all the way to the end.