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Heading to the gym can sometimes feel like a daunting task. You have to get in your car, lock up all your stuff when you get there, pray that your favorite elliptical is open and then work out in front of a bunch of strangers. Sometimes this is just not an ideal situation! So why not work out at home?

Some things you can try…

A Workout Video

With the advent of YouTube these days, finding a workout video you can follow in the comfort of your living room is a breeze. You can choose anything from yoga to kickboxing, Zumba, and more. There are also several subscription video platforms you can use to get yourself moving. Working out at home with a video is a good way to “break the ice” if you are nervous about working out in public, so that when you are ready to join a class, you will feel confident!

Body Weight Exercises

Using your own body to workout is another great way you can stay fit without hitting the gym. You don’t need anything except for yourself! Exercises such as push-ups, burpees, crunches, mountain climbers, and wall sits are all examples that you can do at home. They are great if you are pressed for time, too. Just a make a list of your favorite exercises or an area of the body you want to target and go for it!

Lift Weights

While you will have to make an investment in a set or two of dumbbells for this one, if you want to lift weights without the pressure of the weight room, this is a great idea. You can get in a number of arm toning exercises, such as bicep curls, triceps extensions, lateral raises, and more. Get more bang for your buck by adding some lunges and squats, too!

Stretch it Out

Stretching at home is another great way to relieve tension in your body and mind after a long day at work. You could practice your favorite yoga poses or even add in a few core exercises from Pilates to heat things up a little bit. Breathe deeply and hold the stretches for as long as you want, since no one but yourself is telling you what to do!

Elevate Your Heart Rate

You don’t have to get outside or go to the gym to get your cardio on. Many of the exercises listed above can become a cardiovascular workout if you move through them quickly. For example, maybe you jump rope in between all of your body weight exercises. Or, you can add a yoga “vinyasa” between your various stretches or even add movement to more invigorating yoga poses. Or, if you are feeling a little creative, why not put your favorite musical playlist on and give yourself a freestyle dance session? Your house is a no-watch, no-judgment zone, so let loose every once in a while!

If you are strapped for time, don’t want to sit in more traffic to get to the gym, or just feel like you want to work out in your own private space, then working out at home is a great option. There are a variety of workouts you can choose to do in the comfort of your own home. The pitfall to working out at home may be that you push yourself less or hold yourself less accountable. If you go to the gym, you may feel more inspired to push yourself and do that extra set of weights than when at home. It is important to keep that positive mindset even at home.

The gym, of course, will offer a greater variety of workout equipment than what you have at home, such as weight machines and barbell weights (which you may need to be spotted on). Gyms provide people who can explain exercises to you or help you when you need it. So if you ever feel unsure of doing something on your own at home, just wait until your next visit to the gym or an exercise class to ask a qualified instructor for help.

The beauty of working out at home is that you can squeeze it into your schedule whenever you want. You may only have 15 minutes to work out, but at least you will know that you got some exercise that day, where ever you choose to go.

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