There are so many excuses to make for not going to the gym: You’re too tired, it’s too far, or you just don’t have the time. Among the more reasonable excuses though is that a gym membership may be too expensive. If that’s the case, working out at home is a great option. “In today’s world, the reality of it is people don’t have time to go to a facility every day anyway,” Kevin Steele, PhD, exercise physiologist, and vice president of 24 Hour Fitness Centers told WebMD. “And consistency is key.”
Steele stresses working out at home can be just as good as going to a facility. “The key thing is that you do something, somewhere, sometime,” he says. Plus, it’s practically free to design an effective workout for yourself at home. According to Steele, your at-home workouts need only include the following key components: A warm-up, a cardiovascular (aerobic) portion, resistance (strength-building) exercises, flexibility moves, and finally a cool-down. Well ladies, now that you’re out of excuses — it’s time to get a great workout done in the comfort of your own home. Here are three of the best exercises you can do without leaving your house.
1. Cardio Rroutine
This workout, courtesy of PopSugar’s YouTube fitness channel, completely debunks the idea you need a huge chunk of time to exercise. If you have 10 minutes, you can squeeze this routine into your busy life. This 10-minute sequence, lead by fitness host Anna Renderer, requires a yoga mat, you, and not much else. With a timer on the side of the screen counting down your routine, you’ll perform moves such as a squat and punch, jumping, as well as the childhood throwback, hop scotch. Let’s just say if you’re not feeling the burn during the workout, you’re definitely not working hard enough.
2. Jillian Michaels ab routine
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels knows a thing or two about fitness. Let’s just say Jillian Michaels’s abs don’t lie. Go ahead and grab your yoga mat and a free weight and get ready for Michael’s 6 Week Six-Pack Abs Workout- Level 1 (with more levels to follow). Expect circuits and little sympathy.
The 6 Week Six-Pack Abs Workout-Level 1, a 35 minute workout, will blast away abdominal fat, thanks to a great combination of circuits that target multiple muscle groups at once. Michaels’s workout will take you through a total-body warm-up, followed by two core-strengthening cardio circuits that cover every area of your abdominal muscles, finishing up with a full-body stretch. The workout is great for all skill levels, but if you’re more of a beginner, feel free to modify by removing the weights from the equation.
3. XHIT Daily workouts
If you’re looking for a serious, concentrated workout, then this is for you. From a tutorial on Jennifer Lawrence’s legs to toned arms, this channel has it all. The XHIT Daily YouTube channel boasts tons of workouts that are seriously challenging. There are a variety of workouts on the site, including full-body workouts, that build strength and flexibility.
In the video above, trainer Rebecca Louise takes you through a series of back exercises that you can easily do on a yoga mat anywhere in your home.