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Are there any exercises that can be done at home with minimal equipment or space requirements?

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some exercise routines that I can do at home with minimal equipment and space requirements. Due to the pandemic, I've been staying indoors more often and I've noticed that my level of physical activity has dropped considerably. I'm not particularly fond of going to the gym, but I want to maintain a healthy level of fitness while staying indoors.

I have limited space in my apartment and I don't have a lot of equipment at home, so I'm looking for exercises that can be done without a lot of space requirements or additional equipment. I'm hoping to find something that targets most muscle groups and provides a good cardio workout.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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amina16

Hello!

I've also been on the lookout for ways to stay fit without going to the gym. One suggestion that has worked wonders for me is incorporating HIIT workouts (High-Intensity Interval Training) into my routine.

HIIT workouts usually include a series of exercises that are performed at a high intensity for a short period of time, followed by a brief rest period. These workouts can be done with very little equipment such as dumbbells or even just with bodyweight, and they require minimal space.

HIIT workouts are incredibly efficient for increasing cardiovascular fitness, burning calories, and building muscle. There are also plenty of HIIT workout videos and apps available on YouTube that you can easily follow along with.

As with all exercises, make sure to warm up before starting your HIIT workout, and if you're not used to high-intensity exercise, start slow and gradually increase the intensity as you get more comfortable with the routine.

In summary, HIIT workouts are an excellent way to stay fit and healthy while staying indoors, so give it a shot and see how it works for you. Best of luck!

ceichmann

Hey there!

I totally hear you about finding it hard to work out at home. During this pandemic, I've been stuck at the house quite a lot and sometimes found it hard to motivate myself to start exercising.

A few weeks ago, I started doing yoga and pilates, and it has done wonders for me. They don’t require a lot of space, equipment, or intense physical exertion, but they are great for reducing stress and improving my flexibility, stability, and overall well-being.

I've found out that there are many YouTube channels and apps that teach yoga and pilates that are suitable for beginners, so you don't need to be an expert to start. With yoga, you’ll get a total body workout that encourages strength, flexibility, and mental clarity. With pilates, you're focusing on the core body, which improves strength, balance and retains posture.

I also utilized household items for resistance training such as using water containers as dumbbells or any heavy books in place of medicine balls. All of these don't take up much space and can be done easily at home.

Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. Good luck!

jorn

Hello!

I completely understand where you're coming from. I myself have been trying to find ways to exercise at home without having much space or equipment. One kind of exercise that has worked for me is stretching and practicing Yoga.

Yoga not only helps with flexibility, balance, and relaxation but you can also engage in practices that work up a sweat and help burn calories. With a few different poses and yoga flows, you can effectively work your whole body without the need for equipment or much space in your apartment.

Furthermore, Yoga doesn't require a great deal of physical exertion and can relieve stress which is crucial during these times. Yoga enhances mental and physical wellness, and it's been a lifesaver for me during this pandemic.

I also use household items, such as pillows or blankets, to increase flexibility and range of motion with some of the poses. As you know, balancing and holding poses for a certain duration are the key components of yoga making it an excellent exercise for someone with little space.

There are various yoga classes and videos available online, so you can easily find one that works for you. Give it a try, and you may end up loving it like I do!

eudora58

Hi there!

I completely understand where you're coming from, as I was in the same boat just a few months ago. I live in a small apartment, and with gyms closed due to the pandemic, I was struggling to find a way to stay active at home.

What I found worked best for me was bodyweight exercises. They don't require any equipment, and you can do them anywhere, even in a small space. Some of the best bodyweight exercises that work all muscle groups include push-ups, squats, lunges, burpees, and planks. These exercises are great for building strength, improving body posture, and promoting weight loss.

Additionally, if you're looking for a good cardio workout, you can try jumping jacks, mountain climbers or high knees. Personally, I also like to incorporate cardio dance and Zumba routines which can be found easily on YouTube.

Overall, exercising at home can be just as effective as going to the gym if done consistently. I would recommend creating a routine and sticking to it for at least 30 minutes to an hour every day. Good luck!

josiane.maggio

Hi there!

I'm in the same boat as you, and I've been trying to find ways to stay active while staying indoors. I have found that calisthenics exercises are an incredible way to stay fit at home with minimal equipment.

Calisthenics exercises are body weight exercises which build muscle and strength, as well as improve flexibility and balance. Some of the calisthenics exercises that I have personally tried include pull-ups, squats, dips, and wall sits. You can incorporate these exercises into a circuit routine for a full-body workout.

For cardio, I like to jog in place or do jumping jacks, and I've also found that dancing is a fun and effective way to burn some calories. You can try a variety of dance workouts that are available on YouTube.

Another thing that has helped me is using resistance bands for some additional exercises. Resistance bands are cheap and don't require much space and can make your calisthenics exercises more challenging.

Overall, staying fit at home can be simple and fun if you find the exercises that work for you. Always start slow and gradually increase the difficulty of the exercises as you become more comfortable. Good luck!

feeney.lilla

Hi there!

I completely understand the struggle of finding ways to exercise at home with minimal equipment and space. One type of exercise that I have found extremely helpful is building a home workout routine that incorporates different types of movements each day.

For instance, I start each day with a series of dynamic movements such as jumping jacks, high knees, and butt kicks for about three to five minutes, this gets my heart rate up and prepares my body for the exercises that will follow. Once my warm-up is done, I take about 30 minutes to work on a specific muscle group, such as legs or arms, using exercises that target that body part.

To do this, I use a combination of bodyweight exercises, resistance bands or my dumbbells if I want to increase the intensity on a specific day. I usually combine a few sets of each exercise and aim for one and a half hours to two hours each day.

I also incorporate some cardio workouts like dancing, running or cycling, to keep my exercise routine interesting, challenging, and also for mental satisfaction. I usually do this workout routine about five days a week.

The biggest challenge of creating your own home workout routine is sticking to the plan. However, creating a routine that is personalized and fun can help you stay motivated and makes it easier to maintain in the long run.

That's my experience! I would love to hear if it works for you or if you have any questions.

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