DIY Fitness Training With These Simple Steps
A few days ago a friend asked me how I keep in shape when I have basically no time, money, nor a fancy gym membership. Getting in shape isn’t rocket science. Lucky for you, just about any activity qualifies as fitness and it can happen just about anywhere. All you need is motivation and some H2o. Without the necessary time or money, or even for those of you who don’t like to work out in front of others, I’ve put together a list of super simple exercise routines that can be done from the comfort of your own home. These home routines will keep you lean, healthy, energized and happy.
1. A couple of weights
Depending on your strength, you can buy a set of 5, 10, or 15 pound dumbbells for less than 15$. When you choose a lighter weight, you can do more sets to really sculpt and tone your muscles instead of exhausting them with a heavier set. I like to do 3 sets of 10-15, alternating exercises, but adjust as you go depending on your level.
Biceps – dumbbell curls
Triceps – one arm press
Shoulders – overhead press
The list goes on and on for dumbbell exercises. Be creative! Get strong!
2. Jump Squats and Lunges
I swear by these two exercises for beautiful legs as well as a beautiful behind. Jump squats are a great source of cardio, amp up your heart rate, and turn you into a sweating machine! Lunges are great for targeting your glutes (butt) and your thighs. Do three sets of 10 and keep adding on reps until it burns! That’s when you know you’ve done enough.
3. A Yoga Mat
It’s amazing how much exercise can happen on a yoga mat. You can make it a very relaxing experience with mellow stretches and restorative poses, or you can kick it straight into a serious cardio workout. Doing yoga helps to tone your muscles and keep you limber and flexible. While you’re on your mat add a round of plank holds and push ups to get your upper body fit.
4. Mini Trampoline
Some of my clients swear by this! Mini trampolines are easy on your joints and help with balance and coordination. Jumping aids in lymphatic circulation and stimulates the digestive and detoxification processes. The mini trampoline workout is low impact but provides a great cardiovascular exercise that will work up a real sweat! And most importantly, it’s fun!
5. The Exercise Ball
Talk about an inexpensive way to create an in-home gym! The exercise ball takes up virtually no space and it offers a great way to do a total body workout. It strengthens and stretches your body, while also improving core stability and balance. I love to start laying back and gradually doing a backbend over the ball. This stretches the chest while opening up the shoulders. Your exercise ball is great for abdominal work, planks, pikes, sit-ups, and much more. You can even use it as a chair for a more ergonomic office space!!
6. Walking or Running in your hood or on your way to work
Realize this! It has made a huge impact on my life and in the way that I get my exercise in. The truth is that you don’t have to join a gym to get exercise. You can walk to work, or after dinner, or to the grocery store, or up the stairs, whenever possible, instead of taking the elevator. It is so easy to add these little moments into your day where you push it a little more. Where you increase your heart rate. Where you burn a couple extra calories just moving through your day. Start looking for ways to add a little more effort so that when you don’t have time to carve out to exercise, you’re already doing it.