Not having access to a gym is a classic excuse for not exercising, but you can get a surprisingly good workout from the comfort of your home. This is a great way to stay in shape while gyms are closed for COVID-19, and getting in the habit of exercising at home will continue to save you money over time.
In this article, we’ll cover three of the best ideas to start with if you’re looking for a way to work out at home. You can perform these exercises in relatively small spaces, with minimal equipment – think just comfortable sneakers and a towel – and should only take you a few minutes to get through each set.
Planks are associated with a variety of health and fitness benefits including better balance, increased core strength, and lower levels of pain. To perform a plank, simply get into push-up position, then hold still for as long as you can without changing your form.
Planks can be surprisingly difficult, so don’t feel bad if you can only hold for a few seconds at a time. You can move your elbows to the ground for a slightly easier variant of the exercise. Stay up for as long as you can and measure your progress over time—you’ll be surprised by how quickly you improve.
Jumping jacks are another deceptively simple exercise that can help your cardio and core strength. You can adjust the difficulty by adjusting either your speed or the number of reps. As with planks, you should try to do more jumping jacks as your cardio improves over time.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can also try to do as many as you can in around 30 seconds before taking 10 or 15 seconds off. Repeat this cycle at least a few times per set to burn fat and get your heart rate up between other exercises.
Workout DVDs were once the simplest way to perform a guided workout at home, but YouTube workouts are even more convenient. Watching videos online also makes it easy to change up your exercise routine if you lose interest.
With so many channels out there, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a workout that matches your skill level, equipment, and schedule. You can also mix and match exercises from different channels if you’re not interested in following a set workout.
Gyms provide specialized equipment that can allow you to do new exercises, but you don’t need access to a gym to maintain a good routine. These are just a few options to start with if you’re new to working out at home.