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What's a good way to workout at home?

Asked by roundsquare (5522points) April 23rd, 2010

So here’s the deal. Where I live, its too hot to run or anything outside. The gym is too far away. I’d prefer to workout at home, in my (fairly large) room in the morning before going to work. I know I can do push ups and sit ups. Is there other good stuff to do?

Also, I’d like to get some cardio in somehow. Should I just do jumping jacks?

I’d prefer not to buy weights or anything else if possible, but if its not possible, I’ll do it.

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DarkScribe's avatar

You can run of an evening. I live in a semi-tropical area, often in a full tropical area and I have always been able to run at night. Sit-up, crunches, push-ups and similar are easy. A set of dumbbells and one of those old fashioned “Bullworkers” from eBay can match most of the more elaborate gym equipment in a pinch. When I am traveling and away from my own gym, that is what I take.

thriftymaid's avatar

Watch Flashdance.

Scooby's avatar

If your room is fairly large why not get yourself an exercise bike? They don’t take up too much room at all. I have a rower also in my room I work out in & it’s only 4×4 metres, plenty of room, plus they fold up too…… :-/

brinkofit's avatar

I second the exercise bike. Pull up bars you can attach on your door are great too and it’s only 30 bucks.

mattbrowne's avatar

I use this

plus music or tv news or a DVD.

roundsquare's avatar

Heh… yeah, I’m a bit too poor to get an exercise bike. Plus, at the moment, I don’t live anywhere more than a year. Good idea though.

martyjacobs's avatar

I’ve found that Wii Fit Plus is a good way to make daily exercise more fun. If you stick to a regular program, I think this game can have more than just novelty value.

There are some great mini-games to promote cardiovascular exercise, such as boxing and step aerobics.

The downside to this solution is that you need to buy a Wii and a Balance Board. The upside is that you’ll also be able to play Super Mario Galaxy ;)

Cruiser's avatar

Get a punching bag or strike dummy and do basic kick boxing drills for 15–30 minutes or more. Nothing more needed. Even doing shadow kick-boxing can be a heart stopping killer workout. Use 1–2 lb weights in your hands for added arm blasting workouts.

Siren's avatar

I recommend a dvd tape where you just follow along, especially the ones that allow you to go at your own pace.

Scooby's avatar

Bicycle (abs) Lie on the floor and bring the knees into the chest. Straighten the right leg as you twist the body, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee. Repeat on the other side in a cycling motion.

Kickbacks (Triceps) Bend forward, keeping back flat and abs in, and hold light-medium weights (Tins of beans), elbows bent. Straighten the elbows to engage the triceps. Lower and repeat.

Hammer Curls (Biceps) Holding medium-heavy dumbbells (lrg tins of beans), perform hammer curls with your palms facing each other. For added intensity, stand on one leg for a balance challenge, switching legs with each set.

Back Extension (Lower Back) Lie face down and squeeze the lower back to lift your chest a few inches off the floor. Lower and repeat.

Lateral Raise (Shoulders) – Hold light-medium dumbbells ( tins of beans)&, keeping elbows slightly bent, lift arms out to the sides to shoulder level. Lower and repeat.

These are s a few exercises I can think of you can do without the use of equipment, other than tins of beans in place of dumbbells because you’re “a bit poor” :-/
Hope it works out! ;-)
If anymore come to mind I’ll be back…...

millastrellas's avatar

i like to do the insanity workout videos at home. They have helped me keep in shape and feel good about myself.

millastrellas's avatar

yes! except it’s not just that video, it is a bunch of different ones. It seriously is a hard workout, at least for me it is. I was reading somewhere how it can burn from 500–1000 calories.

roundsquare's avatar

i should give it a shot. i hope i can keep up with it…

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