Normally, I’m a gym-goer. I am motivated to move by putting on gym clothes, leaving the house, and working out alongside others. I enjoy listening to music that gets my blood flowing and seeing the same regulars at my gym who show up around the same time I show up. In the past, when I’ve decided to just workout at home, I have found myself watching TV or napping instead.
But, I realize that we can’t always make it to the gym! Life sometimes gets in the way. Maybe you have to work late and the gym is closed when you finally have time. Perhaps a very contagious virus makes its way to your state, and gyms are amongst the first businesses to close for public safety. Who knows? Anything can happen!
Whatever the roadblock is to keep us at home, it is always good to have a plan B for at-home workouts! Listed below is what I have been doing to keep myself moving while staying at home.
Do you have a preferred key exercise that I left off of one of my lists? Is there something you would recommend I try out? I definitely need assistance in the Arm Workout category, so any suggestions are appreciated! Feel free to comment your thoughts below!
I could make an entire core workout out of just planks! I included a few other exercises to make sure we were targeting all of the core muscles. If done right, planks are very effective in strengthening your abs, back, and even your arms. There are many variations in the types of planks you can do; I would recommend doing planks on your elbows.
My biggest advice on planking is to pull in your stomach (don’t hold your breath), and to keep your butt down. If you’re booty is in the air, you 1. aren’t targeting the muscles you are meant to target and 2. look silly.
Notice those little apple emojis next to my workout? Yep, that’s my way of checking off an exercise each time I fully complete one. It’s oddly motivating. Try it.
All of these leg/butt exercises can have weights added in for more resistance. If you don’t have free weights at home, you can always improvise and find something somewhat balanced to hold while you’re doing your lunges or your squats. You could use books, a sack of potatoes, a cat…whatever you have lying around. I would also like to add that any of the exercises mentioned here can be Googled for more information on positions and modifications.
You’ll notice that I’ve added “full body stretch” at the bottom of each of my workouts. I think it is important to stretch after every workout, but I think it is especially important to stretch after a leg/butt workout. Stretching helps muscles heal faster and it may help in making you less sore the next day. It also helps your body’s flexibility and some think stretching may help your body release toxins!
Cardio is tough for me inside the house! I’m used to my runs being on the treadmill. I also get bored with things like jumping jacks. So, I typically take it outside. If you guys have any suggestions for fun in-door cardio exercises, please comment them down below!
If I choose to include my dog in my cardio, I make sure our walks are fast-paced. This works out better for my dog anyway, because it keeps him focused and gives him less time to think about barking at other dogs.
But, you don’t need a dog to get a good cardio workout outside! You could plug in and go for a long jog or a 1-2 mile run around your neighborhood. Really, whatever you do on the treadmill in the gym can be done outside.
Okay, this is where I really need your guys’ help. I typically incorporate a short Arm Workout with my Core Workouts. Planks are beneficial for the arms. I also include pushes and tricep dips. I follow the same routine of doing twenty and then doing that three times.
What are some other easy-to-do-at-home arm workouts you would suggest? Do you use any of the same exercises I use? Or do you have any other key exercises that work better for you?