You probably know that exercising is very good for you, not just for weight loss, but your health and wellness. With regular workouts, you can improve your cardiovascular health, protect and support your joints, keep your blood flowing, and even reduce anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, even knowing that, it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise every day. This blog post is for you! The girl who might not be super pumped to workout, but still wants to for all those amazing health benefits.
Bodyweight Workouts You Can Do from Home
Just because you want to add bodyweight exercises to your fitness routine, doesn’t mean you can’t do your normal workout as well. There are actually many popular at-home workouts that incorporate bodyweight moves. Here are some of the top ones to consider.
The first type of workout that often incorporates bodyweight moves is yoga. There are different forms of yoga, so you probably want to go for the moderate or advanced varieties to really do a lot of bodyweight moves. For example, the downward dog is done in yoga, which can be considered bodyweight. It is similar to a plank, except instead of being flat, your buttocks is up in the air. Many times, downward dogs go down to a full plank, along with many other bodyweight movements.
Pilates is another good workout that doesn’t use weights or equipment, but can be done at home and incorporate a lot of floor moves. This is similar to yoga, but really incorporates more of the core movements. You will learn plenty of difficult bodyweight moves to strengthen your core, improve your flexibility, and work on those abdominal muscles. Mixing it in with other bodyweight moves is a great way to add more to your workout routine.
Also known as HIIT, High-Intensity Interval Training is an excellent way to get started with bodyweight exercises. This is really going to increase your cardio, endurance, and strength all at the same time. This will use more jumping and high intensity moves of bodyweight, like your jumping jacks, jumps, and burpees, along with many other moves. Another great thing about HIIT is that it is done in less time, so even the busiest person can get a good workout.
Tips for Working Out at Home
If you feel that you are on the lazier end of the spectrum and want your free time to be watching TV or listening to music at home, that doesn’t mean you have to be completely sedentary. You can do bodyweight workouts while doing these other things, without walking into a gym, and still gain benefits from it.
Make Modifications as Needed
It is always good to learn the different bodyweight moves first before you decide how to add them to your routine. There are some you are probably familiar with, like squats and lunges, but others you may not know how to do correctly. Choose moves that are good for your current fitness level. You want to challenge yourself, but not overdo it. If you are a beginner and you choose expert-level moves, you will burnout quickly and lose your motivation.
Decide How Many to do
Once you know what bodyweight moves you want to try out, you will then choose increments. This is when you decide if you want to do a certain move when listening to one song, or if you want to do them during each commercial break while watching TV. If you are streaming video online, you can try them during advertisement breaks, or a slightly longer routine after each episode. You can also choose minute increments, like if you are watching a movie, pause it after every 15-20 minutes to do 10 or 20 reps of one type of bodyweight exercise.
Even a lazy girl (or boy) can find moves to do while doing other activities at home as well. You can stand up on your tip-toes or squat while brushing your teeth or washing dishes, do lunges every time you walk down the hall to the bathroom, or commit to a wall sit for 30 seconds before every meal you eat. There are many different options for fitting in these exercises in your normal day, whether you are at home, in the office, or spending the day at the park.
Make it Fun!
There is no reason your workout has to be a bore! Make it fun by turning up your favorite fast-paced song and do some burpees and planks, or try jumping jacks for an entire song. Have fun with it, involve your family or roommates, and don’t treat it like exercise. This is what will keep you motivated.