Hello friends! Today’s guest post is all about working out and getting fit at home. It’s timely for me personally due to restructuring at work that means I’m losing my paid gym membership perk (so sad!). Luckily I’ve got a lot of fitness stuff at home and a workout buddy to take daily walks with outside. When I saw this guest post submitted by Ben I knew I’d want to publish it in case anyone else is out there looking to start working out from home. If you are looking for ideas to get fit at home then you might want to try some of these fitness ideas! Personally I’m going to invest in a medicine ball next. ;) Enjoy the post!
4 Exercises To Improve Your Fitness from Home
So you want to get fit but you don’t want to fork out money for a gym membership or personal training. It happens. You might be concerned about keeping yourself motivated to work out from home and you may wonder how you can achieve the same results if you don’t have a range of gym equipment available.
However, with these four exercises, you can effectively improve your fitness in the comfort of your own home.
1. Boxing Workouts
If you’ve had a hard day at the office, it’s a great idea to throw yourself into a boxing or kickboxing routine the moment you walk through the front door. As well as relieving your frustrations and stresses, boxing can improve your cardiovascular health. You don’t have to stick to long runs to increase heart strength and lung capacity, burn calories and lose weight. Just slip on some gloves, do a warm-up and get boxing.
By upping the intensity of your workout, you can easily break a sweat and get your blood pumping. Your hand-eye coordination will improve with time and your entire body will increase in strength from the weight of the punching bag.
If you’re keen to get moving, visit sporting equipment retailers like HART Sport to find gloves, punching bags, headgear, focus pads and boxing timers.
2. Medicine Ball Routines
Medicine ball training is one of the oldest forms of exercise. With variations of speed and reps, you can condition certain areas of your body to become stronger and leaner. As medicine balls come in a variety of sizes and weights, they are perfect for both beginners and more advanced trainers.
Throughout a medicine ball routine, you’ll have freedom of movement to try a variety of exercises that target certain areas. A typical workout can include chest throws, overhead throws, lateral wall throws and squats. If you’re unfamiliar with these moves, watch some videos to ensure you’re keeping proper form.
3. Skipping Rope Reps
Skipping ropes aren’t confined to your childhood days. They have become a powerful tool in increasing stamina, cardiovascular health, flexibility, speed, and fitness levels.
Find a weighted or a regular skipping rope and do a few jumps to warm up. Once you find a good rhythm, test yourself by trying a few fast jumps. Short bursts of speed will give your body the chance to be challenged, but it will also help you keep up with a longer jumping routine.
After a short while, implement forward jumps, side-to-side jumps, backward jumps and alternate single-leg jumps to effectively work your body in different ways. This will stop you from becoming stagnant during your training.
4. Plyometric Training
Plyometric training, otherwise known as ‘jump training’, is when you jump and hop onto a box or over cones. Each time you land from a jump, your muscles are stretched and worked to become more powerful. Simply find a sturdy box or bench from around the house that you can jump up onto.
After a high-intensity routine, your legs and glutes should feel like jelly. If you’re looking to improve your flexibility, avoid high-impact jumping and focus on muscle contractions and movements as you jump for 30 to 60 seconds at a time.
Once you gather determination, it doesn’t take much to improve your fitness and health from home.
What exercises appeal most to you for working out at home?