It seems to take a special kind of person to commit to going to the gym on a weekly basis, never mind more than once a week. You can try all sorts of motivational tips to get yourself in the gym, but every once in a while your motivation slips. It can either be a momentary break in your routine, or it could be more permanent than you would like. Fortunately, there are other ways to make sure you get your regular exercise without relying on the gym.
Of all the workouts you can easily do at home, yoga is one of the best. There are plenty of yoga videos on YouTube that you can select based on your free time and which body part you’d like to target during your workout. You don’t even need to workout for very long; just a ten or fifteen minute routine can greatly improve your agility, balance, and strength.
If you’re looking to get into shape, you need to do some endurance workouts in addition to your usual cardio. Adjustable dumbbells give you a lot of different weight selections for less money than a bunch of individual weights, and they take up a lot less space than a full set. If you can’t afford dumbbells yet, a resistance band will provide the same effect in a full-body workout. However, if you want to try lifting your own weight then you should get an ultimate body press ceiling mounted pull up bar. Challenge yourself to do as many pull ups as you can each time you walk through the door, you’ll find improvement comes quicker than expected.
It’s amazing how some of the most effective bursts of exercise are linked to our childhood activities. Jump rope burns more calories than running (an estimated 1300 calories per hour) and it’s easy to just stick some music on and skip for the duration of three or four songs. As it’s a body weight exercise, jump rope does help improve muscle tone, but it also targets the thighs, shins, and calf muscles, while simultaneously working on the abs and arms. It’s also easier on your knees and ankles because it’s a low impact workout. The best part is you can do it anywhere; if the weather is nice you could take your workout to the garden, the beach, or the woods. You could even opt for a cordless skipping rope if you’re worried about breaking things in your house.
Whether you buy a dance workout DVD, look them up on YouTube, or just blast the music on your radio, dancing is a fun and free exercise. Dancing is a full body workout that’s good for your heart, makes you stronger, and aids with balance and coordination. A 30 minute workout can burn as many calories as jogging. But unlike running on a treadmill, dancing is also a creative outlet; you can make up your own moves, learn established steps, and choose your own music.