Top 5 Home Workout routines
by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA
Getting to the gym is often the one thing that gets cut from our to-do list when we are pushed for time. Add in the monthly costs associated with a gym membership that you’re not using or can’t afford, and you have a perfect recipe for feeling stressed out, tired and unfit. With an at home workout you can avoid a lot of the stress associated with going to the gym.
I believe that it’s not that people don’t have the time to fit a workout into their day it’s just that most people don’t have the time or patience for all of the extra work that going to the gym creates. You have to pack your clothes, drive to the gym, organize child care, get changed, wait for machines to be free, spend time being polite to the person who wants to chit chat, take a shower and then after all that you need to get to your next destination on time.
I’m not suggesting that you always work out at home, because I believe that exercising with a group can help you to stay motivated and help you to reach your personal health goals. I love the social interaction and natural competitive spirit that a group environment evokes. But the next time you just want a quick workout without all the fuss of the gym, an at home workout is a perfect option.
Here are 5 of my favorite fit tips routines:
Morning start: Jump out of bed and do this fat burning routine in your p.j’s. It’s not as intense as a HIIT workout, but it will help to get your blood flowing and promote the release of your natural feel-good endorphins to help you start your day feeling good.
Mid day blast: This workout gets your heart rate up and challenge your body. It has lots of my favorite athletic style moves that promote muscle strengthening, and because it’s high in intensity you will burn calories for a few hours afterwards.
Just a second: When you really don’t have a lot of a time,this quick one move, one minute challenge will help you get some activity in to your schedule.
Tone that tummy: This 20 minute Core abdominal workout is sure to make you feel great. If you have little ones at home this routine is great for when they are taking a nap.
Stress relief before bed: If you are wound up at the end of the day , consider spending some time before bed doing this yoga inspired routine. It will help you to connect your mind, body and breath. Stretching at the end of the day may help clear your mind and slow your energy down to help you get a good night’s sleep. It’s not a big calorie burner, but the relaxation and muscle stretching benefits feel great.
An at home work out can be highly effective, even if you only have time to squeeze in a few minutes of exercise it can make a big difference with how you feel. Getting your body moving each day can build your self-confidence and your muscles too.
Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.
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