The gym can be such an intimidating place. It’s filled with weird machines, an always too-happy front desk person who looks perfect in her workout attire, guys who look like they could lift a car with one arm and that one over-achiever who is all-out sprinting on the treadmill. It can be tough to motivate yourself to go to the gym when you are surrounded by people who know exactly what they are doing, and you kind of feel lost in a maze. Luckily, workouts to do at home can provide a great way to exercise. From exercise videos to walks around the neighborhood and incorporating exercise into your routine, it’s easy to get an effective workout at home.
1. Exercise Videos
You can purchase fitness DVDs at almost any store, like Walmart or Target, or online on Amazon. These DVDs can be extremely motivating when you have a hard time getting started with exercise. The people who host these different workout videos are always so encouraging, it makes you want to do workouts at home. My favorite fitness DVD is Leslie Sansone Walk At Home–Four Big Miles. She varies the walking with things like knee lifts, kicks, side steps and kick-backs. She also incorporates arm motions into her workouts. It’s a great way to get started, especially if you’re a little embarrassed to go to the gym.
If walking doesn’t get you excited to work out, there are plenty of other fitness DVDs you can try. If you like to dance, try a Zumba workout. I know that sometimes fitness classes can also be intimidating, so buying a DVD can help you get your feet wet and used to some of the dance routines before heading to a class. Country Heat also has fun workouts to do at home. It’s country line dancing, and a fun way to get in a cardiovascular workout. You can also try BeachBody, kickboxing, yoga, pilates and so many more. Check out your local store today and find something that sounds enjoyable.
On Demand/YouTube Options
If purchasing a fitness DVD isn’t in your budget, some cable companies that allow you to watch movies have a fitness selection. For example, Comcast has some workout routines in their sports/exercise section of On Demand. You can find a variety of free and challenging workouts to do at home. I started my fitness routine by doing some of these workouts, and it worked. Poke around your cable provider’s offerings to see if you can find it, or just call the company to ask.
If you don’t have the cable fitness videos, check YouTube. Search for workout routines and find one that looks enjoyable to you. Try it, and if you like it, do it again. There are so many options on YouTube, you’re sure to find something you enjoy.
2. Walk Around the Neighborhood
Technically, this one isn’t working out at home, but it’s pretty close. If the weather is nice, take a nice walk around your neighborhood. If you are used to walking at home using a fitness DVD, then the difference in elevation will give you a good calf workout and challenge your cardiovascular strength. Each time you go for a walk, you can go for a little longer. Walking is one of the best workouts to do at home. It’s how I got started on my fitness routine and has allowed me to progress to running.
While you’re outside, take in the sights and sounds. Smell the fresh air. Let the air fill your lungs, and be thankful for your ability to move. Notice how the ground feels under your feet. Listen to children playing and laughing. Let out your frustrations onto the pavement and leave them behind you. Get lost in your thoughts, your hopes and your dreams. You’ll soon forget about how far you are walking. Walking can be so therapeutic, and I suggest everyone starts with it.
3. Strength Training Workouts to do at Home
No hand weights? No problem! Go into your pantry and find a large can of tomatoes, chicken broth or vegetables. Now use them to do bicep curls, tricep kickbacks or arm raises. Sure, you may feel a little silly raising some green beans above your head, but the added weight will start to tone and strengthen your arms. It’s a great way to start strength training workouts to do at home and get you into a routine.
4. Health/Fitness Magazines
It seems you can’t go to the store without a magazine in the checkout line screaming at you with headlines about how to lose weight. While most of the diets featured in these magazines are fad diets and aren’t sustainable for life, they often include workouts you can do at home. Usually each month, the magazines will focus on one “problem” area like glutes, hamstrings, upper arms or abs. Check out any magazines you have laying around to see if you can find workouts to do at home. They often include exercises you may not think about doing.
5. Smartphone Apps
There’s always an app for everything under the sun – including workouts to do at home. Some of the apps are free, and others have a subscription cost to use them. Try one of the workouts in your app store and see if you can find one that you enjoy. I don’t recommend paying for an app unless you’re sure you love it, so give it a fair try. If you don’t like the first workout on an app, try one more. If you still don’t like the app, delete it and try another. Find one that works for you. If you need help deciding, PC Mag has a great article where they review the top 2019 workout and fitness apps. You can check it by clicking here!
6. Dance It Out
As T. Swift says, “Shake it off, shake it off!” (Am I the only one picturing the Rock lip-syncing this song on Lip Sync Battle right now?!). Crank up your radio, your playlist, your iPod or Alexa and dance it out! No need to follow any fancy moves, just dance at your own pace. You could even play line dance songs that you know, like the Git Up Challenge, the Cha-Cha Slide or the Macarena! Keep dancing, and you’ll get your heart rate up for a good cardiovascular workout to do at home. I’ve started doing a nighttime routine where I begin it by dong the Git Up Challenge. It just gives me the energy to complete what I need to do before bed.
7. Video Games
The next tip for workouts to do at home is checking out video games. This sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out. There are a lot of video games now that use your body as a controller and have workout games for you to do. Nike has a great program on Xbox that is sure to get your heart rate going and give you a great workout. Wii has the WiiFit game, where you can do different sports or compete against another player in a challenge. Just Dance is also a fun game to do where you have to mimic the dancers on the screen. You’re having so much fun, you forget you’re getting a workout! So steal your kid’s video games for a little and get a workout in. Involve them in it too! It’s never too early to start exercising!
We all hate cleaning, I get it. However, your next tip for workouts to do at home is to turn up the music while you clean and make it a workout. You’ll kill two birds with one stone. Squat while cleaning the stovetop, do calf raises when you scrub the shower or do lunges as you move across the living room. You can always find new ways to add exercise to your routine. This way allows you to cross off two items on your to-do list, woohoo!
9. Start a Home Gym
My final tip for working out at home is starting a home gym. I’ve written a full post on this topic, which you can check out by clicking here. If you check out yard sales, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, you can probably score a good deal on a used treadmill or exercise bike. Hop on the machine, pop in your favorite movie or watch your latest Netflix obsession and get to work! Before you know it, your workout will be done in no time.
Workouts To Do At Home
Whether you decide to lift cans of vegetables or jam out to Tay Tay, workouts to do at home can provide a great way to exercise. Finding workout videos you enjoy can be easy – just browse a selection at your favorite store or library. Walking around your neighborhood can provide a great cardiovascular workout. You can use fitness apps or YouTube to find great workout videos to do at home. Whatever you do, make sure you are having fun and make it a consistent habit. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your bariatric journey!
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1. Exercise DVDs
2. On Demand or YouTube workout videos
3. Walk around the neighborhood
4. Workouts featured in fitness or health magazines
5. Smartphone apps
6. Turn up the radio and just dance!
7. Video games like WiiFit
8. Add workout moves to your cleaning routine to kill two birds with one stone
9. Start a home gym