Working out doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting these days. You also don’t need an expensive gym membership to have physical activity in your life! You can get into fitness easily by doing an at-home workout.
The best thing about working out, is that you can essentially do it from anywhere. That includes at-home workouts! These type of workouts are great because you usually need very little to no equipment.
Just you, maybe a good playlist and you are on your way.
At-home workouts have also been an amazing way to stay safe during the pandemic, seeing as most of us are staying at home to reduce the spread of Covid-19. With many gyms closing their doors in 2020, it is imperative that we get creative with our workout routine.
However, I know that it can be rough to get going at home. Most of the time we have many distractions, lack of motivation, and simply no space to actually get a good workout in.
But I really think that can change once you find good workouts that work for you.
Even though I primarily get my physical activity through running, I have done many at-home workouts to supplement my running regimen. Sometimes I like to cross-train and finding the right workouts has been really important.
Also, it’s been simple and most importantly FREE!
Yep, I said free! You can definitely sign up for certain online fitness classes that come with minimal costs, but YouTube will be your friend if you are looking for the free (we love cheap and free here!)
Type of At-Home Workouts
There are many different type of workouts that you can do at home. Some do require equipment, but for this post we will be focusing on workouts that don’t require equipment. Making it way easier to get your workout in, no excuses!
There are many different type of workouts there and it can be overwhelming if you’re not used to unstructured physical activity. A few type of at-home workouts you can find, especially on YouTube are…
- Stepping/ Running Workouts— I personally like getting outside of the house for these, but if you can’t, these are great to keep it at home
- HIIT Workouts–This stands for High Interval Intensity Training. These workouts will KEEP your heart rate up and will keep you moving different parts of your body. This is great for building endurance and strength
- Yoga Workouts–These are obviously what the name is, yoga! These are considered workouts for sure because it can help increase flexibility, endurance and provide relaxation if you’re under stress/ pressure.
- Targeted Workouts–I’m going to call these targeted workouts because they are workouts that target specific parts of your body. For example, ab, glutes, biceps, triceps..etc. They are intended to help you work a specific muscle group which is great if you have a certain area you want to work on in particular.
There are so many types of workouts out there but these will help you navigate the best workouts I have found! Below are 5 at-home workouts that give you an idea of the different types of activity you can get in.
**All of the workouts are under 30 minutes. Feel free to go longer if you can but this time I find to be perfect for those getting started with at-home workouts!**
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HIIT Workout: 25 Minute HIIT Workout
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love me some Toni! I love her videos because they are challenging but inspiring at the same time.
This workout is hard, but not impossible. After the 3rd time doing it, I felt the difference. I didn’t get as tired as quickly and felt stronger moving through the exercises.
And you don’t need any equipment! You just need your body and space to play the video. It’s that simple 🙂
Yoga Workout: Full Body Flow
I only recently got into yoga but I am definitely becoming a big fan. I especially love it after a challenging workout like running, or *cough*cough*, a HIIT workout!
Adriene is great at yoga but also is amazing to watch. She talks you through the yoga poses but also sprinkles words of wisdom, encouragement and more.
One of the favorite things that I like from her, is how she helps me focus on the good in me. Whether it’s practicing gratitude for my body or self-affirmations, I always feel good after completing a session with her.
Also, she slows things down. As a new yogi, some people assume you are on their level, but not Adriene. She will point out parts that may be too hard and give you alternatives so you don’t feel like you’re pushing yourself past your limits.
That’s what makes her awesome!
Targeted Workout: Extreme Abs Workout
Now, I won’t lie. This one is pretty difficult if you’re not used to working your abs or core area. But it is a GOOD workout.
If you work hard enough, you can feel your abs slowly forming by the end of the video…Okay maybe not, but seriously that’s how challenging it is!
I don’t work my core nearly as much as I probably should so this one definitely hurt at first. I paused it to take a longer break than she was because EYE was not ready!
However, she does a great job at showing you so many exercises and ways to work your abs. Great to keep in the vault when you want to tone up and strengthen that particular area.
Targeted: 10 Min. Butt Workout
Another targeted workout, but this time it’s all about the booty!
This one is a pretty quick one in comparison to the other at-home workouts but it is not for the faint of heart. You will feel the burn!
So much so that I almost tapped out! Haha I did do this after a long run so maybe not the best time but still. It’s a good workout to strengthen the glutes, without taking up all of your time.
Stepping Workout: 10,000 Indoor Step Challenge
This one is a great one if you’re new to fitness or want to do something with little impact on your body.
I haven’t completed this workout but I think it is a great way to get your steps in and just simply move your body. I think sometimes we complicate fitness, me included, and this simplifies it.
Also the workout is roughly 30 minutes, making this an easy one you can do quickly when you’re strapped for time.
The people who have did this also rave about the progress they have seen doing the indoor challenge. Best part too, no equipment needed!
Now there are 5 various at-home workouts that you can use to get started. All of the workouts don’t require equipment, they just require your best self, some motivation and the readiness to get your body moving.
Some of the ladies have yoga mats but they aren’t necessarily needed. It’s really up to you. I do some of my at-home workouts on my mat and sometimes I just do it on the bare floor or carpet (don’t wear socks or you will slip and slide!)
So I hope you have fun with these and allow the workouts to help you have fun getting active! A fitness lifestyle is not as hard to acquire as most think. You really only need yourself and the motivation to get it done!
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