Exercise. It’s something we all dread. Some of you may have made exercise your New Year’s Resolution, but find reasons why to stay home. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, or it being too cold to walk to your community’s fitness center, you are not the only one who’s avoiding their workout. Less than five percent of adults exercise for 30 minutes or more each day, according to a recent study. Here are a few ways to reach that number without leaving your apartment.
This is one of the easiest exercises to complete within your apartment. A floor mirror is a good idea for checking your posture during exercises. Yoga is a very apartment-friendly exercise because yoga mats can be easily stored underneath your couch or bed, or in a closet.
Yoga is great for improving your balance and your strength. Doing yoga in your own apartment will allow you to control the temperature, lighting and music. Look at a few videos on YouTube or purchase some DVD’s to learn new exercises, and create a routine.
While you might not be able to fit a whole home gym in your apartment, there are a variety of exercises that can be completed with dumbbells or body weight. Body weight exercises to build strength include planks, squats, and wall sits.
You can also purchase dumbbells from your local sporting goods store or online. Ones with adjustable weights, so you can increase the amount you lift as you build strength. Also consider pull up bars and resistance bands.
When most people hear this word, the first thought that pops into their mind is a treadmill or stationary bike. Exercises like lunges, jump roping, mountain climbers, and more can be done within your living space. One Medical offers cardio exercises that won’t disturb your neighbors. Even dancing to your favorite music can count as cardio.
Full Fitness Programs
Programs like P90X and Insanity are popular with those who workout from home. The workout program you choose should be in line with your goals. Here are a few of the most popular ones, and what their main goals are.
- Insanity – High intensity workouts to build endurance and muscle
- P90X – 90 day program to lose weight
- Zumba at Home – High energy dancing towards weight loss
- Hip Hop Abs – 30 minute abdominal workout to burn fat
- PiYo – body weight workout that combines pilates and yoga