Between work, commutes, shopping, and family responsibilities, it can be hectic to find time to hit the gym. You may also want to avoid the gym, mainly if it includes a commute and is crowded. So, what’s the best solution? You can try working out at home. Sounds perfect, right?
Unfortunately, working out at home has its fair share of challenges. You may easily upset your neighbor in the apartment below you by jumping around and lifting weights. Your workout music may also be an unpleasant sound for neighbors trying to sleep or get a baby to bed. It’s safe to say, several complaints and a visit from the landlord are problems you don’t wish to encourage.
Fortunately, this does not mean that you should quit. Working out from home is comfortable and possible, especially if you find the right exercises and routine. Here are some great home exercises that won’t annoy your neighbors in other apartments:
Planks are an excellent way to work out and strengthen your core without making noise. Place your arms on the ground as if you’re about to do a push-up and align them with your elbows. Stretch out your legs and keep your body as straight as possible while balancing yourself on your toes and hands. Hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds without changing your position.
Squats help you practice balance while exercising your leg and glute muscles. Stand on the floor with your legs shoulder-width apart and keep your back straight. Slowly bend at the knee while balancing the weight on your feet. It helps to spread your arms out in a straight line as you bend to avoid compromising your back.
Lower yourself as far as possible without passing your toes. You can use a chair to determine how far to bend if you’re unsure of your squat position. You’ll feel the burn in your thighs and glutes as you squeeze to get back up.
Triceps dips are an excellent way to work out your arms, legs and glutes. While you perform a squat, you do it supported by a bench or chair. Face the chair as if you’re about to sit on it, but instead, place your arms on the sitting edge. Keep your legs far enough as if you’re about to sit at a 90-degree angle, and bend at the knee, down to your toes, when you dip. Lastly, move up and down with your arms.
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and place your hands on your waist. Take a step forward with one leg, and bend such that the leg is at a 90-degree angle. Keep the other leg in its former position and stretch it out to balance your upper body when you move forward. Alternate the lunges between different legs.
Performing each exercise correctly ensures that you burn calories without causing injury. YMCA of Southern Nevada offers Facebook Live workout videos that you can follow for the best home workouts. Check out the Y today and enjoy fitness at home.