Few things can directly benefit our physical and mental health like working out. Exercise makes us feel better on a daily basis while also improving our long-term health benefits - making it pretty important to fit into our daily routine! Sometimes WORKing out feels like it is its own job, especially when we travel to get to our fitness destination. Part of a successful years-long fitness routine is the ability to push through on those days that you 100% do not want to get up and go. Another part is understanding the limits of your schedule - you may not always be able to go to the gym. Fortunately, exercise can be done anywhere! In fact, you don’t even have to leave your home to work on your physical health. There are hundreds of exercise combinations that can be used to create an efficient routine in the 20 or 30 minutes that you do have available. Here are a few easy workouts that can make your at-home days a workout sensation.

Warming Up

As with any exercising moment, it’s important to get your body a little loose before jumping into the at-home workout routine. The process doesn’t have to be anything crazy - stretching your arms and legs while giving your muscles a little wake-up call is the primary goal. Mix in some limb rotations with 25 jumping jacks, 5 lunges for each leg leading, 20 pushups, and 20 squats. Feel free to adjust the numbers as you feel is best for your physical ability and time. There are also more soothing approaches to warming up that include yoga, meditation, and other great forms of preparing our bodies for the moments ahead. The goal is not to push your body to the limits or get too tired.

At-Home Work Out

The biggest part of the at-home workout is convenience. In this spirit, we will be focusing on exercises that don’t need any additional items to be completed. You can slowly add helpful items like dumbbells, medicine balls, jump rope, and a pull-up bar to your possessions to expand or add weight to your workout. Other items around the house can be used in the meantime if interested as well. For example, milk and water jugs can be used as weights and stools can be used for squats. 

The only thing we really need for an at-home workout, however, is ourselves. Exercise routines like the following option are quick and impactful. 30 squats followed by 20 lunges will get the heart rate up, which can be followed by 50 crunches, 15 pushups, and a 30-second plank. If you are feeling confident with these exercises you can start adding “burpees” to your routine - which is a tougher take on the pushup that starts in a standing position before squatting down, completing a pushup, and jumping back up. Repeat this cycle two more times and you have an efficient workout. If you have steps at your home or enjoy jogging outside, you can add cardio to this routine as well. All of these exercises can also be done on a driveway or backyard if you prefer to take in some sun while working on your physical health as well. 

Working out feels great, especially when it isn’t competing for a spot on our schedule. We hope these at-home workout tips go a long way in making your exercises feel more energizing. 

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