Summer is around the corner, so ladies everywhere all know what that means- swimsuit season is upon us. One of the hardest aspects of either getting or staying in shape is finding the motivation to get to the gym for a workout. By the time you get home from a long day at work, feed and take care of the family, tidy up around the house, and finally get a moment to rest and take care of yourself, the last thing you want to do is to think about getting dressed, sitting in the car, and driving to the gym. However, there are ways to get in your daily exercise from the comfort of your own home using the materials inside your house. Here are five easy to follow suggestions.
1. Lift weights. Lifting weights can help you build or improve upon your body’s muscle as well your arm strength, and it doesn’t take much to create your own weights at home. Gallons of water work well as weights, but you can also buy inexpensive dumbbells from sporting goods stores.
2. Climb the stairs. It might sound odd, but climbing or running up and down your stairs is one of the best forms of exercise you can get at home. Think of it as a real life stair master machine. By running up and down the stairs you will tone your legs and thighs while also getting in your cardio workout.
3. Watch a workout DVD. If you are unsure of what a full body workout entails, watch a workout video. There are hundreds of videos in the market for all types of exercises. Whether you want to work a specific part of the body or you need an instructional guide on how to use a certain piece of workout equipment, there is more than likely a video for you. Another good thing about working out alongside a video is that you won’t feel alone. It will feel as if you have a personal trainer or a group of people working out along side you.
4. Jump rope. You more than likely jumped rope as a child, and you should begin to jump rope again. Jumping rope is a great way to get in your cardio, and it is something you can do either indoors or outside when the weather is beautiful. Jump ropes are inexpensive and can be found in sporting foods stores.
5. Take regular walks. It might sound too simple, but walking is a form of exercise. Make it a part of your daily routine to take leisurely walks around your neighborhood every evening after meals. You can involve the whole family by making it a part of their routine as well. If mornings are a better time of day for you, get in your leisurely walk in the early morning before work or before the neighborhood has woken up.