There will always be some days where you don’t want to head to the gym, whether because of weather or traffic. And not all of us live in places like Link Apartments® Manchester that have great on-site gyms to workout.
Thankfully, there are plenty of exercises you can perform in the comfort of your own home, even if you live in a small apartment. That’s why we curated this list of the top 5 exercises to do from your apartment.
This list isn’t a be-all and end-all list, however, these exercises don’t require much space and they are very effective, regardless of your goals.
So without further ado, let’s dive in…
Traditional planks are an excellent way to warm up your core. Side planks build strength in your arms, and you don’t need weights to do it. Up and down planks are similar to pushups, but they require you to use your core muscles constantly. You can shift to a traditional pushup to build your chest and shoulder muscles.
Pushups can easily be used to Segway to mountain climbers, and bear crawls. Mountain climbers are a full-body workout, and all you have to do is crawl around the floor. You even start from a plank position.
Everyone knows that sit-ups use your stomach and back muscles. You can use variations of sit-ups and crunches to work the rest of your body, too. Bicycle crunches help you use more of your core muscles. Go fast, and you’ve added cardio to your routine. If you’re ready to stretch these muscles, do a “dead bug.”
Resistance Band Curls/Rows/Chest Flys
Resistance bands are an excellent way to work various muscle groups without the noise of working with weights. And you can mirror the workout you get with bands in place of bicep curls holding multiple weights. Apartment dwellers may appreciate the fact that bands don’t take up much space, either. You could hook resistance bands under your feet and then pull up against them to work your back muscles. Or hang it off a door and work your arms and shoulders. You can add twists and other variations to the routine.
Squats and lunges are the ideal lower body workout. They’ll work the front and back of your legs, but it is quiet relative to running on a treadmill or jumping rope. You can choose from any number of types of squats and lunges each of which targets given muscle groups. For example, air squats use your butt and leg muscles. Split squats mostly work the hamstrings and calves.
You can reduce the load on given muscles by doing squats balanced on a chair or leaning against a workout bench. For example, some people need to hold onto a steady chair while doing air squats. Or you can add to the load by holding weights while you do it. Or do squat pulses to maximize your target muscle groups’ impact while reducing how many you need to do.
Jumping jacks aren’t entirely silent, but they are quieter than jumping rope or running in place. That’s especially true if you have a mat under you. Jumping jacks have several points in their favor. You don’t need any equipment to do them. They are an essential move everyone knows how to do. They don’t require much space, and you can do it in the hallway if you can’t make space in your living room.
It’s very possible to get into shape despite not having a gym membership or access to gym equipment. As long as you have the desire to get into shape, the results are definitely achievable.
There is really no excuse to not work out when you consider your body weight alone is all that is needed to maintain your fitness.
And whether you live in a five bedroom house or a one bedroom apartment, the possibilities are quite endless.
Do you work out from home? What are your favorite exercises? Let us know in the comments below…