Either you like going to the gym, or you don’t. For most people who opt for that latter, there may be many reasons for their gym absence. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to completely throw a good workout to the curb.
5 Workout Ideas for the Non-Gym Gal
Before diving into the five practical workouts (with over 25 exercise ideas) you can do in the comfort of your own home, let’s first discuss the different types. Depending on your personal needs, you may want to focus on arms, legs, stomach, or the total body. You can also incorporate using different tools. A few things to have handy for your at-home workouts are:
- yoga mat
- small weights (think 1-5 pounds)
- your favorite workout jams
The key is to find your groove and stick with it. A good rule of thumb is to not push yourself and start with just a few days per week. Then, gradually add to it until you find your sweet spot. With these in mind, check out five simple workouts you can do at home (that are also family friendly)!
Whether you are looking to get bigger biceps, triceps, or simply tone up your arms. There are quite a few exercises you can do that allow you to use your own body weight, or incorporate some small weights. Consider trying several reps and rounds of the following:
- Classic push-ups
- Wall push-ups
- Arm curls (with or without weights)
- Arm circles
Although you can get a pretty good workout chasing kiddos around the house, you may still want to focus on actually toning up your legs. The following suggestions require no equipment:
- Squats (using your own body weight)
- Lunges (front, side, and back)
- Knee lifts
- Calf raises
- Mini jumps
- Leg raises (front, side, and back)
For most women, especially mamas, the stomach area seems to be the single hardest area to work out – and rightfully so. If you’ve had any amount of children (especially more than one), then you’re all too familiar with how much harder it is to re-tone those muscles. Below are a few exercises to help get a jump start on tightening that belly:
- V ups
- Flutter kicks
When it comes to endurance, we’re talking about all things heart rate and breathing increasing. These types of exercises will help you feel less winded with doing even the smallest of tasks. They also help keep you feeling in shape. Consider adding these endurance exercises to your workout routine:
- Jumping rope
- Jumping jacks
Total Body Exercises
You can never go wrong with exercises that work out your total body. While many of the exercises mentioned above can help give you a full-body workout, there are still a few you can do to ensure it gets done:
- Bear crawls (the kiddos will love these)
- Mountain climbers
- Jumping jack squats
Start Your Home Workout Now
Even if you’re not the gym-type, don’t stress about feeling like you have to skip working out altogether. The truth is, it all starts with making up your mind that working out is something you’d like to do. Then, developing a healthy habit to include it in your life.
Working out in the comfort of your own home may just be the thing you need to stay focused, motivated, and comfortable. Not to mention, having a plan. To help you plan your home workouts, enjoy this free workout tracker. You’ll be able to keep up with how long you worked out, what you did, your weight, and more.
Working out for the non-gym gal just got a lot easier!
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