How Can I Exercise Without Going to the Gym?

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During the winter months I tend to lose interest in going to the gym. I don’t want to de-ice my windshield at 5am for an early morning workout and in the evenings I’m either busy with other activities or I just want to be home and out of traffic. This is always the perfect time for me to pick up at-home workouts.

Just because the weather outside is frightful does not mean you can’t be active. Every week I think of a simple workout plan that I can do in virtually any space at my house. Some at-home exercises can use simple equipment pieces, or you can do exercises that only use your own body weight. Try a quick workout at home and be intentional about staying active this winter.

Equipment to exercise at home:

  • Resistance band – You can use tube bands with handles, loop bands, mini bands, therapy bands, and/or figure 8 bands.
  • Yoga mat – You can get a great workout doing yoga and it is an easy one to do at home.
  • Dumbbell weights – I only use 5lb and 10lb weights at home and save the heavier stuff for the gym.
  • Exercise ball – This is great for crunches or any other core exercise you may decide to do.

My favorite full-body workout that requires NO equipment is:

  • 1 minute of jumping jacks
  • 3 sets of 30-second planks
  • 3 sets of 12 squats
  • 3 sets of 12 lunges
  • 3 sets of 12 leg lifts
  • 3 sets of 12 tricep dips

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