Workout from Home: Easy Ways to Turn Your Home into a Gym
Missing the gym during these times of quarantine? Transform your home into your own workout haven with a few clever home hacks and some smart use of common household items.
Are you raring to hit the gym, but quarantine is stopping you? Are you hesitant to go to the gym because you fear exposure? The answer is simple. Achieve your fitness goals while staying safe by turning your home into a gym.
With Work From Home as our new normal, Workout From Home could be the answer to all your fitness needs. All you need is a fresh way of looking at your home and some creativity, and you could be working up a sweat as if you never left the gym.
The best part? Absolutely no bulky gym equipment needed!
How to Turn Your Home into a Gym
Room by room, we’ll show you how you can transform your home into workout heaven.
This is a no brainer. Chances are, you have a flight of stairs at home. If you live in a condominium, then you have even more stairs just use your fire escape. You don’t need that equipment, just use what you already have!
Simply climb up one step then climb back down by doing the action in reverse. No stairs? You can do step-ups with a sturdy bench or a chair.
- Stair-Climbing Cardio
Climb up and down your stairs for 30 minutes for some great cardio. Great for your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves.
This is the part of the house where you can find a bunch of equipment alternatives. You can even use your trusty kitchen fixtures for your strength training! Just don’t forget to put away those knives and glassware.
- Kitchen Counter Pushups
Want to ease yourself into an upper body workout after weeks of inactivity? Do pushups against your kitchen counter.
- Front and Side Shoulder Raises with Water Bottles
Those water bottles in your kitchen will work great as impromptu weights. If you can get a good grip around a 1-liter or 2-liter bottle, they’ll be perfect for front and side shoulder raises.
- Water Bottle Bicep Curls
Yes, the same water bottles will also work for classic bicep curls.
While no tools are required for calisthenics like squats, jumping jacks, or burpees, you can raise the difficulty with a small sack of rice. Even a small 5 kilogram sack of rice in a sturdy backpack can make a big difference in your workout.
While traditionally for gaining weight, the dining room can be transformed into an awesome workout zone. The key piece of gear you’ll need? The dining room chair.
- Chair Dips for Triceps
Workout those triceps by doing chair dips.
- Chair Step-Ups
Dining room chairs are also perfect for step-ups.
- Floor Sliders
Clear out some space in the dining room, and it’s the perfect place to do a variety of floor slider exercises that will workout your core. For starters, you can do the Slider Mountain Climber, the Slider Plank Jack, or the Slider Knee Tuck.
As the bedroom is a space that’s all about peace and tranquility, it’s the perfect place to do balance exercises and yoga. All you’ll need is a yoga mat, though a clean floor will work just as well. You can even do some of these exercises in bed!
- Balance Exercises
Working on balance is often an overlooked part of exercise. With so much emphasis on body building or cardio, balance exercises are often forgotten. But they’re an important way to improve overall fitness, and they help to strengthen your core.
We could fill a whole article (or more!) on the benefits of yoga. Not only is it a great way to improve flexibility, muscle strength and tone, it also boosts respiration, energy and vitality.
Now that You’re Set, Don’t Forget to Stay Fresh!
Here are a few extra tips:
- Take regular baths. It may be tempting to skip baths when we all hardly go out, but don’t — especially after a workout.
- Stay cool: hydrate. You’ve heard it before, drink eight glasses a day to make sure you’re properly hydrated.
- Keep sweaty clothes fresh with Downy Sports. Your clothes do not have to be stinky. Stay fresh even during an intense workout! Just use Downy Sports with 24 Hour Deodorant Protection. You will surely work out longer and more often.