Credit: Men’s Journal
There can be many reasons why you might be unable to get to the gym or workout. Snow can block your path. Extreme heat can make going for a run practically impossible. Maybe the gym is under construction. Whatever it is, outside factors don’t have to stop you from missing a workout. There are some easy exercises you can do from the comfort of your home.
When we think of jumping rope, we often think of school-children playing, but jumping rope can absolutely work up a sweat. Jumping rope gives you a cardio and a leg workout all at once. Do it for an extended period of time, and you will absolutely feel the burn. Just make sure you clear space so you don’t knock anything over.
Going up and down the stairs is another great way to get your blood pumping and your legs exercised. Make the movement a full body workout by carrying weight with you. If you don’t have stairs, that’s no problem. Place a sturdy chair against a wall so it doesn’t slide, and start stepping. By using a chair, you can have a television nearby playing your favorite show to pass the time.
Planking is a great full-body workout. You have to control your core while using your legs and arms to keep you upright. Test how long you can hold a plank, then increase that increment every day. The world record for holding a plank is eight hours, and while that doesn’t seem achievable, it sure makes a minute sound like nothing!
Lunges are another great exercise to do with limited space. You can do them in front of a television, or you can pace the length of a hallway doing lunges. Make it a little more challenging by adding weights, or just carrying anything that is slightly heavier.
While we may not think about it, cleaning can work up a sweat. You’re on your feet for an extended period of time doing a back and forth motion with vacuuming and mopping. You can incorporate squats while putting dishes or laundry away. This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.