A Simple Guide To Home Workouts
Staying fit during the holidays has its challenges. If being pulled completely out of your regular routine doesn’t make it tough enough to get your workouts in, throw in some crazy weather (for most of the country anyway) which can keep you from going on your usual outdoor run or hike or even keep you from just getting in the car to drive to the gym. Hello home workouts!
There could be a million excuses not to get a workout in over the winter months, but the great news is, there are plenty of ways to get a super effective workout right in the comfort of your own home.
Below are a few tips to make the most of your home workouts and a quick HIIT workout you can follow along with — no equipment needed!
Time Is On Your Side
Home workouts don’t have to be long to be effective. Even if you don’t have time for a 45 or 60 minute workout, there are still plenty of home workouts that can be done in a short period of time that have great mental and physical benefits. For example, HIIT workouts can have you burning heaps of calories in as little as 10, 20, or 30 minutes. Also, a quick 10 or 20 minute yoga flow can help your body and mind reset. No matter how much time you have, just move.
Take Advantage of Tech
There are tons of great apps available that can bring the class or the trainer right to your living room for home workouts. For example, Daily Burn has a massive library of workouts, from Yoga to HIIT, that can be done right in your living room. You can also take advantage of wearables like the Apple Watch or FitBit to make sure you’re meeting your daily movement goals.
Turn Off the Distractions
There are plenty of things at home to get distracted by and pull you away from giving 100% to your workout. Before you exercise, but sure to turn off other distractions, like the dinging of your e-mail on your computer, or have a spouse watch the kids for the duration or your workout. Find a quiet place where you can focus 100% on you.
Invest in the Right Tools
If you plan on doing home workouts more frequently, invest in some good tools to help you make the most of your workouts. It could be something as simple as a yoga mat, a few resistance bands, some free weights, of even a great speaker to get the music bumping. Equipment doesn’t have to be large or expensive to be effective.
Use What You Have
If you don’t want to purchase any equipment for your home workouts, use what you have. Whether you have a few free weights, kettlebells, or even just a yoga mat, there are plenty of options for great workouts that require little or even no equipment. See below for a total body HIIT workout that requires no equipment.
If you’re looking to get in effective home workouts, HIIT workouts make a great choice. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training, meaning you alternate high and low intensity movements in intervals. Most HIIT workouts can be done with little to no equipment and can be tailored to any time frame you have to work with.
15 Minute HIIT Workout
The moves below are meant to be done for 45 seconds at max effort with a 15 second rest in between each move. Repeat the circuit 3 times!
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