Easy At-Home Exercises for Small Spaces
We’ve all been there: all the best intentions, setting your alarm early and putting out your workout clothes so you can hit the gym early in the morning before work. And then when your alarm goes off, it’s snooze all the way and the gym is a distant memory.
It can be difficult to get motivated, even when the gym is located in your apartment lobby! Luckily, you don’t always have to leave your apartment to get a good workout in. We’re sharing some easy fitness exercises you can do right in your apartment. They’re all easy moves you don’t need a lot of space for, and best of all, won’t drive your neighbors crazy!
Use a yoga mat or a soft surface to come to a plank position for as long as you can (a great place for beginners to start with is 20 seconds). This move will target your abs. Not sure how to plank? It’s sort of like a pushup, and that’s the easiest way to get into the position. Start in the pushup pose and then lower both forearms to the ground with your elbows aligned below at your shoulders. Keep your arms parallel to your body and pull your belly button towards your spine (this is where you engage your core and get the most out of the move!)
Want to add a little cardio to your workout? Take your plank a step further and do up-down planks for an ab workout and cardio! As an added bonus, this move also works your arms and shoulders. Simply move up and down from your forearm plank position to push-up position. Do them as fast as you can while staying controlled and avoiding swaying your torso from side to side. Repeat for 10 reps and then reverse the direction for another 10.
We can’t forget working out your butt and thighs. An elevated lunge is the best way to do it. Grab a chair, coffee table or other sturdy object and place the top of either foot on it. Keep the opposite leg straight at first, but then to start the move, bend it and lower your pelvis to the floor. Make sure that your foot is out far enough so that your knees always stays directly over your ankle. Then, rise back up to the starting position. Repeat 10 times, switch legs and then do it again for each leg.
If you’re comfortable (and on a ground floor or not worried about neighbors), a similar move is to ditch the chair and jump back and forth between lunges. This is another easy way to double up on your workout for cardio and legs/butt.
Another great exercise that focuses on your butt and legs is squats. Stand slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, turn your toes out slightly and then squat down as far as possible. Just make sure to not let your knees go past your toes. To double up on this move and get some cardio in, too, increase the speed at which you do the reps – just make sure you’re still focusing on staying in form.
Another way to target a second area is grab a rolled up towel or light weights and raise your arms over your head. Keep them up in the air while squatting to work on your arms.
Do you have a favorite workout routine you can accomplish without leaving your apartment? Share below!