Easy Home Workout

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Easy Home Workout

The holidays are a perfect time to take a break from the gym – and give this easy home workout a try!

Home workouts have always played a critical role in my own fitness program. Not only are they convenient, but they offer a little variety when the gym becomes too repetitive. Whether you’re tight on time or just looking for a change, I’ve come up with a quick and easy home workout that will help keep your fitness and weight loss goals on track.

There are a few key principles to any successful home workout.

First, it has to be appropriate for the space you have. If you live in a condo, you can’t include sprints in your workout. Similarly, you should always make the best use possible of any equipment you have on hand. But getting a little creative can go a long way, as you’ll see from this workout.

You should also make sure that any home workout is balanced. While focused home workouts (such as a home abdominal workout) can definitely be useful, it’s important to have a series of exercises on hand that target every muscle group. This will allow your home workouts to be flexible, and increases the likelihood that you’ll stay on track with your overall routine.

Easy Home Workout

 

This easy home workout is designed to be a total body workout routine that can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

As for equipment, I’m going to give you some options. If you have dumbbells or a workout bench, feel free to use them. Or use a chair or couch instead of a bench, and water bottles, soup cans, or other household objects instead of dumbbells.

For all of these exercises, aim for 2 sets of 8-12 reps, depending on your time and your workout goals. If your focus is on building strength and size, stick to the lower end of this range. For fat burning and toning, stay around 12 reps per set.

  • 3 minutes Warm Up – Jumping Jacks or Jump Rope (TIP: If you’re looking to invest in a good jump rope for home, take a look at this LCD Digital Jump Rope.)
  • Lateral Lunges (each side) with dumbbells or other weight (view exercise)
  • Lower Ab Bicycle Crunch (view exercise)
  • Pushups with feet on bench or couch (view exercise)
  • Squats with dumbbell or other weight (view exercise)
  • Ab Crunch (hold weight for extra resistance) (view exercise)
  • Incline Pushups with hands on bench or couch (view exercise)
  • Standing Bicep Curls with dumbbells or other weight
  • Tricep Dips on bench or chair
  • Bent Over Lateral Raises with dumbbells or other weight (view exercise)
  • Standing Calf Press with dumbbells or other weight (view exercise)
  • Bicycle Crunches (view exercise)
  • 3 minutes Cool Down & Stretching

This easy home workout packs quite the punch, and all in under 30 minutes! Get creative when it comes to adding resistance to these exercises, or consider grabbing a set of these Adjustable Resistance Toning Tubes – they can replace pretty much any weight!

For more great home workout equipment, check out my recent article on Best Home Workout Equipment here.

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