At-Home Workouts to Get You Moving
by Callum Allan on Nov 04, 2022
Just because you can't make it to the gym doesn't mean you can't get a sweat in. Check out these at-home workouts that require minimal equipment and space so you can get your fitness on even when you're short on time or unmotivated.
1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT is a cardio workout that alternates between periods of high-intensity activity and periods of active rest or low-intensity activity. This type of workout is great for people who are short on time because it's very efficient, and it's also been shown to be more effective than traditional cardio in terms of fat loss. HIIT can be done with any type of cardio machine, or even with no equipment at all if you're doing bodyweight exercises like jumping jacks or burpees.
2. Strength Training
Whether you're using dumbbells, resistance bands, or your own body weight, strength training is a great way to build muscle and improve your overall fitness level. If you're new to strength training, start with basic exercises like squats, pushups, and rows, and focus on working up to 3 sets of 10-12 reps. As you become more comfortable with the exercises and start to see gains in strength, you can increase the number of sets and reps, add more challenging exercises, or increase the weight you're using.
Pilates is a mind-body exercise that emphasizes controlled movements and breathing to improve flexibility, balance, and posture. It's a great workout for beginners or people who are looking for a low-impact alternative to other forms of exercise. You can find plenty of free Pilates workouts online, or invest in a few key pieces of equipment like a yoga mat, resistance band, foam roller, and small hand weights if you want to do more advanced exercises.
Like Pilates, yoga is a mind-body exercise that can help improve your flexibility and muscular endurance while also reducing stress levels. As with Pilates, there are many free yoga workouts available online for all skill levels. If you want to practice yoga at home, all you need is a yoga mat (or towel) and some comfortable clothing.
Barre is a workout that mixes elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga into one challenging routine. It's often done in a studio setting with specialized equipment like barres and small weights, but there are also many barre workouts available online that use household items like chairs or water bottles in place of traditional equipment. While barre is definitely challenging, it's also very low impact so it's perfect for people who need to take it easy on their joints but still want to get a good workout in.
There are tons of different at-home workouts out there that can fit any schedule or fitness level, so there's no excuse not to break a sweat even when you're stuck at home! Give one (or all) of these workouts a try the next time you need to fit in a quick sweat session.