Working out at home is the new reality for many Americans across the country, and thanks to technology, they are able to find creative programs to bring the gym to them. 

Many health and fitness companies, as well as local gyms and workout facilities, have created virtual workout programs for their clients that have made it easy to stay in shape. 

Whether you’re looking for a consistent cardio routine or a high-intensity interval training to keep you in shape, there are many options out there that are easy to weave into your normal day at home. 

So, read on for tips and tricks to staying in shape from home. 

 

Carve Out the Time

The first step to creating a solid home workout plan is making sure you have the time to properly execute it. Many people find that waking up before the family in the morning can be the best time to exercise. 

Or maybe you’re more of a night owl who likes to work off the stress of the work day after hours. 

Whenever you choose to work out, it’s important that you find a dedicated, uninterrupted time to focus on bettering your body. 

Without adequate time, you’ll end up burning yourself out and not sticking with your routine. 

 

Body Weight Exercises

When executed correctly, using just your body weight can give you an effective workout routine with great results. Here are a couple of ideas for you to incorporate. 

 

Bridge

Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and your arms extended by your sides. 

Pushing through your feet, raise your posterior off the ground until your hips are fully extended. 

Slowly return to the starting position and repeat until you have finished a set of 10. Perform three sets for maximum effectiveness. 

 

Stationary lunge

Split your stance with your right leg in front. Bend your knees and lunge forward, stopping when your right thigh is parallel to the ground. 

Then, push up through your right foot to return to the starting position. 

Repeat for a set of 10 and complete three sets.

 

Extensions 

Get on all fours and simultaneously extend your left arm and right leg, keeping your hips square to the ground. Pause when you reach the position for five seconds. 

Return to the start position and repeat with your right arm and left leg. Do this for three sets of 10. 

 

Think Local

Your local gym likely has online or video workout programs you can execute at home as part of their workout programs. 

Ask your local gym owner or fitness staff if this is an option. Many technology platforms offer online tracking and reporting so your trainer can stay updated on your at-home progress.

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