Iâ€™ve always been a fan of getting outside to exercise. Growing up, I lived in a quiet neighborhood where I could go for a morning run in the fresh air and enjoy the serenity of knowing that I would barely see another person on my way. When I moved to the city to go to university, I enjoyed getting out of the house everyday to go to the gym. It was an hour of pure relaxation on the running machine with my headphones in and music blasting.
But when I moved to a small town in Mexico, I ran out of all options for exercise. Suddenly, there were no wide-open spaces to go running, and no local gyms. I was at a dead end and starting to feel sluggish and lethargic with the lack of exercise. My body was used to a good hour of movement a day and I couldnâ€™t think of a single way to get my workout in without a gym or a run. Thatâ€™s when I turned to the internet and found that home workout choices are, in fact, endless. Here are just a couple of the options that have really worked for me.
HIT- High Intensity Training
Like many, I was skeptical about how much of a sweat I would work up without running, spinning or a weight machine. But with just a few pieces of equipment and HIT workouts, I was working up a sweat from the comfort of my bedroom. Everyday I jump out of bed and put on my workout gear, without having to think about how I look as I wonâ€™t even be leaving my room, and I start my workout.
With just my yoga mat and a couple of 5 kilo dumbbells, I complete circuits with the help of my favorite YouTube workout channels. HIT is a form of body weighted or weighted workout that consists of 45 seconds of work followed by 15 seconds of rest. Depending on how you want to train, you can focus on cardio or strength exercises and use dumbbells, medicine balls, or even water bottles as your weights or, if you donâ€™t have any equipment, complete exercises with just your body weight.
The exercises include push ups, bur-pees, chest presses, inch worms, plank, sit ups and a whole ranch of other moves that target every part of your body. I prefer to use weights to focus on toning and building muscles, but if you want to lose weight you can perform cardio body weight circuits. You can also opt for a full body workout or focus on a particular body part, such as toning arms, legs or core, and personalize your workout to your goals. I have to say, with HIT home workouts, I actually sweat more than I ever did at the gym from the comfort of my own home.
For an evening exercise, or any day when I donâ€™t want an intense workout, I chose yoga for my home workout. This is one exercise that works especially well at home, as you can even do it in your pajamas at any time of the day or night.
Whatâ€™s more, yoga can also vary drastically in intensity. My favorite yoga YouTube channels have yoga for relaxation and yoga for strength building. You might think that yoga is a pretty laid-back workout, until you try some of these routines. The muscle toning, stretching and workout that you can get with yoga is actually way more beneficial than I ever realized.
Yoga is also beneficial for more than just the body. Yoga and meditation have an incredible effect on the mind and can be used to reduce stress, treat depression and improve your overall well-being.
These are just a couple of the home workouts that have really worked for me. Try searching for home workouts for yourself and see what you can discover.