Staying at Home and Staying in Shape

Apartment Life | Apr 28, 2020

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Home workout equipment on hardwood. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

You may have seen our recent blog about keeping stress at bay while you stay at home. Along with those suggestions, exercise is one of the most beneficial things for your mind and body, especially now. It helps with the boredom, allows you to reset and boosts your overall health. But apartment + exercise doesn’t always seem like a natural fit. Not to fear. Grab your elastic bands, yoga mat or just your workout gear and we’ll meet you in the living room with some at-home workouts that you can start today.

Bodyweight exercises

When we think about a workout, a lot of us think about gym equipment. But you can get a great workout and build muscle just by using gravity. Pushups, lunges, planks, and squats are all examples of how you can work major muscles with little floor space and no equipment. If you’re looking for a full workout, try this beginner series that includes squats, pushups, V-ups, and mountain climbers. Looking to build onto what you’re already doing or diversify your workout? Check out some of these more advanced calisthenics.

Jump rope

With minimal investment, you can get a fantastic cardio workout and maybe increase that vertical leap. Jumping rope can range from simple, timed jumping to full workouts with various exercises. At any rate, you can jump out in the yard, a parking lot, or even on a balcony if it’s big enough. Check out a site like crossrope.com to find beginner workouts ranging from jumping only to jumping circuits.

Resistance bands

For around 10 dollars, you can get a set of resistance bands perfect for toning larger muscles and targeting smaller muscles as well. Resistance bands add some nice variety to your at-home workout and are tailor made for small spaces. You can get started with this one-month workout for your whole body.

HIIT workouts

High intensity interval training provides a tough workout when you’re short on time—any of the beginner workouts only take 15 – 20 minutes to complete. And, yes, that’s plenty of time to burn calories and your muscles. Take the first step with this 13-exercise program, and once you get a feel for it, hop online for more ways to challenge yourself.

Yoga

Yoga is a workout all by itself, but it’s also a perfect wind-down after a high-impact workout or just a great way to re-center after a long day in your home office. These free YouTube yoga workouts are just a start.

Keep taking care of yourself and try these workouts for some variety and fun.

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