I don’t know about you, but I’m not too fond of the gym.
I wish I was, but it’s just not my scene.
And, these days I really don’t have the time to drive there and back.
My idea of working out a present is something fun, easy, and most importantly fast.
Perhaps, the thought of forking out for an expensive gym membership has you a bit apprehensive? Well, I’ve just the thing for you today…
Your very own home workout routine.
With the right approach to your home workout, you can definitely see the progress you’re after — no gym fees required!
You may have to get a little creative, but don’t feel restricted just because you don’t have a bunch of fitness equipment in your living room.
The way I see it is, if you can come up with an everyday workout solution, you’re more likely to make exercise part of your lifestyle, don’t you think?
Home workout program: what you’ll need
Large bottles of water can be used to perform many different exercises, such as shoulder presses, rows, squats, lunges, step-ups, or chest presses.
If you can get your hands on a set of adjustable dumbbells (try ebay, perhaps), that will be your best option, since they really save on space, and can easily be altered in weight to make sure you continue to challenge your body.
For cardio, look into purchasing a skipping rope, and for added variety, find a low chair, or bench, which you can step-up and down off to perform step-ups.
An exercise ball may also come in handy, but it isn’t necessary.
And, that’s it… simple, or what?
When you have your DIY pieces of equipment you’re ready to go.
Home workout routine: instructions
1. Alternate between cardio and strength
For this home workout routine, you will alternate between the cardio and strength activities listed. This means you’ll be benefiting from cardiovascular conditioning, as well as improved strength levels, and an increased metabolic rate.
Another great benefit is, that by going between the two, you’ll greatly reduce the total amount of rest you need to take, making this a short and effective workout, when you’re pressed for time.
However, do be sure that you’re taking enough rest, so that you can still perform the strength activities to the full extent.
Also, don’t sacrifice good form because you’re trying to move through the exercises so quickly. Aim for about twenty to thirty seconds in between each one, for best results. That should be sufficient to help the muscles relax for a second, before working hard once again.
2. Use an exercise ball
If you are at a more advanced fitness level, an exercise ball would be a great addition to this routine.
An exercise ball will help to set the entire body off balance, so it’s a great way to get the muscles deep within the core contracting as hard as possible.
By adding an exercise ball to the mix, you help keep the intensity high, helping you see results.
3. Repeat the cycle two to three times
After performing one set of the exercises in this cycle, you’ll want to take a rest of around 2-3 minutes, to give the body a greater chance to recover, and then cycle through it two to three times more.
Aim to complete the targeted exercise for one minute straight, but don’t get too caught up on this if you can’t. Just do your best to keep going until the full minute is up.
Your home workout routine
I’ve added links to YouTube videos for some of the exercises listed below. If you’re not sure how to perform some of the exercises listed, take a look at the simple clips — I suggest viewing them all first, then beginning your workout.
Okay, here goes, are you ready? Great, then let’s do this…
- 1 minute of skipping
- 1 minute of bodyweight squats
- 1 minute of push-ups
- 1 minute of step-ups
- 1 minute of walking lunges
- 1 minute shoulder presses
- 1 minute skipping
- 1 minute dumbbell rows
- 1 minute step-ups
- 1 minute chest presses
- 1 minute skipping
- 1 minute ab crunches on an exercise ball
- 1 minute lying leg raises
Remember to rest for around 2-3 minutes between sets, then cycle through all of the exercises again, two to three times.
What did you think? Is this a doable home workout routine?
Don’t let yourself make any more excuses to avoid getting in shape. Try this program out in the comfort of your own home, and you’ll have results before you know it.
Do you have a home workout routine, which you complete regularly? Share your tips with us below…