Exercise is important!

But let’s face facts…

Carving out 1-2 hours a day to gather your workout attire, drive to the gym, actually workout, and then head home, is simply not an option for everyone.

Not to mention… you may be tired from work, busy with the family, need to prepare dinner, or even knock out some evening chores.

So, how can you get in a quick workout session without giving up so much time?

You can… Workout from home!

Working out from home (or any other location for that matter – hotel, office, etc.) can be a great alternative when going to the gym is simply not an option. It is flexible, requires much less time, and helps maintain your fitness.

Plus, in the exercises that we will show you in this post, you don’t even need workout equipment. So no more excuses, let’s get to work!

Here are 6 Exercises You Can Do From Home

1. Air Squat

Air Squat

Air squats engage your hamstrings, thighs, glutes (butt), and quads. They increase your strength and help balance your lower body. I recommending starting with 3-4 sets with 10 repetitions each (total of 30-40 repetitions). Give yourself at least a 30-second rest in between sets.

Want to learn how? Check out the Air Squat Tutorial

2. Push Ups (My Personal Favorite)

Push_Up

Push Ups build strength in your upper body and core. They engage your chest, shoulders, and triceps. Start with 10 Push Ups a minute for a couple minutes (whatever you feel comfortable with). Build up from there… in no time you will be knocking out 50, then 100, then 200 pushups in a short period of time. Always remember to keep proper form.

Want to learn how? Check out the Push Up Tutorial

3. Sit Ups

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Sit Ups work your abs!! Start with 5-10 per minute (again, whatever you feel comfortable with). Listen to your body on this one… Sore abs are not pleasant. Six pack here we come! 🙂

Want to learn how? Check out the Sit Up Tutorial

4. Jumping Jacks

jumping_jacks_mainDo jumping jack remind you of gym class in the 7th grade? Maybe it’s just me… Anyway, these are a great exercise that can help you warm up, elevate your heart rate, and improve your cardiovascular system. Start with 10-20 per minute for as long as feels comfortable.

Want to learn how? Check out the Jumping Jacks Tutorial

5. Lunges

Lunges

Ready for more legs? Lunges engage all the same muscles as squats, however, they isolate each leg which increases strength in the muscles that stabilize your lower body. Try doing 3-4 sets with 10 repetitions on each leg. Make sure your form is correct to avoid unnecessary strain.

Want to learn how? Check out this Lunges Tutorial

6. Planks

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Even though this exercise requires very little movement, holding the plank position engages your core in a massive way. This is a great exercise to get those abs looking shredded  🙂 . Try starting out with 30-second planks and build up to over a minute. Listen to your body… don’t over do it!

Want to learn how? Check out this Planks – Tutorial

The six exercises outlined in this post are designed to accomplish the following:

  • Save you time
  • Complete in the comfort of your own home (or alternate location)
  • Elevate your heart rate
  • Engage/strengthen your core
  • Workout your upper/lower body

Don’t let the lack of time stop you from squeezing in a quick workout. Throw on some workout clothes, carve out 10-30 minutes, and knock out a few of these exercises in the comfort of your own home. 🙂

All the best!

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