Following the closure of gyms, due to the COVID-19 prevention recommendations, many people have resorted to working out at home. The best at-home workouts do not necessarily require a lot of time, energy, or equipment. This is great news for people who run busy schedules or cannot free up their budgets to purchase equipment such as dumbbells and resistance bands. If you fall into this category, here are a few simple and effective exercises and can be done without equipment.
Climbing stairs is a great exercise to incorporate into your cardio routine, and all you need for this workout is to have stairs at home. To get the most out of this exercise, set your timer and start walking up and down the stairs. You can start with just a few minutes and work your way up. Also, as you get used to this workout by incorporating calf raises. Calf raises are done by placing the balls of your feet on one step and then using your calf muscles to as high as possible. Next, lower your body as low as you can and repeat the steps.
Another simple, fun, and effective exercise that you can do at home is skipping rope. It takes up very little space yet targets all body parts. This exercise can ramp up your heart rate in just a few minutes and has been proven to be effective in burning calories. For optimal results, try mixing up rope jump with other exercises such as running in place and star jumps. Also, be sure to cool down with stretches that target the calf and quadriceps.
If you get bored easily, circuit training is the ideal at-home workout for you. This exercise includes mixing up cardio exercise. The best thing about this workout is that it helps you build strength and increase your heart rate in just a short amount of time. To get the most out of this exercise, combine both strength training exercises and cardio. Some of the best strength training exercises include walls sits, squats, and crunches. On the other hand, burpees, jogging in place, and star jumps are great cardio choices.
Boxing is a good form of exercise to burn calories as well as relieve stress as one release their inner aggression. For a personalized routine, you can alternate kick, jabs, and crosses, each at one-minute intervals. Do this for three 12-minutes rounds, and by the end of the day, you will be feeling like a champion. Alternatively, you can explore the wide array of boxing workouts available on YouTube. For recovery, try jumping rope or just jogging in place.
Your turn now: We would love to hear how your at-home workout is going. What exercise have you tried so far? Which exercises work the best for you? Which workouts have been the easiest/hardest?
Let us know by leaving a comment below. Also, feel free to ask any questions about the above exercises.