Are you tired of dragging your feet to the gym and doing the same routines over and over? If you believe that there is more to life than simple crunches and jogging, then you are right. People are finding new and exciting ways to mix things up because our lifestyles are becoming predominantly sedentary and it’s getting harder for us to decide to do something about it. If you are looking to shed some weight or become fitter but without the same old boring workout programs, here are some of the most popular workout routines you can perform in the privacy of your own home.
Learn the ropes
If you ever saw those long ropes in a gym and thought to yourself that maneuvering those can’t be that hard, you’ve got another thing coming. By moving them from side to side, you will influence your core and hips, moving in circles will improve shoulder mobility and increase your range of motions, while moving in different directions will help you build strength. The ropes come in different lengths so you needn’t worry about fitting those long gym ones into your home and the best thing is that you can use them regardless of your gender and whether you are a beginner or a regular gym-goer.
Step it up
For those who like to dance, this new Zumba Step routine will be more than appetizing. It combines ‘traditional’ Zumba with Step Aerobics without losing the party-like atmosphere. The emphasis is placed on lower body parts so those of you who need to focus a bit more on glutes and legs will have an excellent opportunity to do so. One session will get you burning calories and provide good cardio. It will tire you in a positive manner and you will have lots of fun moving to addicting rhythms of Latin music. As instructions are easy to follow, you will have no problem working out alone at home, providing that you don’t have disagreeable neighbors.
Vibrate to the core
A busy schedule, not getting enough sleep, and a lot of stress prompted modern men and women to master the skill of sleeping while standing in a crowded bus on their way home from work. If you have little time to exercise, you will love using this popular vibrating exercise machine at home because it does all the work while you are standing. With as little as 15 minutes per day, a few times a week, you will strengthen your core, increase muscle power, and improve balance and circulation. This machine is suitable for athletes and the elderly alike to use at home, it doesn’t take up too much space, and you can always find a bit of time during the day to use it.
Find the animal in you
If you are interested in liberating your body and something a bit out of the ordinary, then Animal Flow might be the perfect workout routine for you because it will get you moving in ways you probably never moved before. These exercises can be found online and they combine different elements starting with exercising your wrists, performing static holds, animal-like stretches, and movements and put that all together in a fluid sequence. They engage several muscle groups at the same time and improve flexibility and mobility and although they may seem odd at the beginning, you will soon see that they are both fun and demanding.
Resist the bands
Have you recently seen any photos of gym-goers mid-move with vibrantly colored bands stretched between their legs or arms and wondered what they were doing? Well, to stretch those innocent looking resistance bands, you need to push hard which engages your muscles to fight the tension. Basically, they keep your muscles under tension for an extended period of time so you rest only when you finish with the exercise. Also, they can be used for different groups of muscles and another neat benefit is that they don’t take up much space so you can carry them in your bag with you so that you can work out even when you are traveling.
There is nothing easier than to give up on exercising – you have a busy schedule, hectic daily routine, a lot of things to do outside of work – so to help yourself form a habit and remain persistent, you need to be realistic. Taking into account your work obligations and habits, working out at home might be the most practical option for you. All you have to do is pick one of the listed options or go for whatever inspires you and complements your goals, needs, and possibilities and you are already halfway there!