The Best Workouts to Do in an Apartment

The Best Workouts to Do in an ApartmentGetting to a gym may just not be practical for some people. From the registration fees to the monthly fees, to the ridiculous crowds, and always having to wait for the equipment you want to use, it can all be a little much. The good thing is that there are plenty of great workouts you can do from your own apartment, requiring minimal to no equipment. As long as you take the right safety precautions and are mindful of your neighbors, these exercises are a great way to stay in shape from the comfort of your own place.

Resistance Band Workouts

Resistance bands are a great low-cost home alternative to weight machines. These stretchy elastic bands target hard-to-hit muscle groups and add difficulty to standard body-weight exercises, such as squats, push-ups or crunches. You can even use resistance instead of free weights, to try high-intensity arm exercises like bent over rowing, triceps extensions, and bicep curls. These exercises tend to more closely mimic natural movements, compared to free weights. And of course, elastic is usually a lot quieter than heavy, clanging weights.

Yoga

Yoga is great for your body and mind, and it comes with the added benefit of silence. If you’re looking for a cardio workout, try a sun salutation sequence. When performed in fast succession, these movements can definitely get your heart rate up.To build strength, try body weight resistance poses, like chair-pose, chaturanga, dolphin or high lunges. These postures don’t require a high degree of flexibility, but will burn excess fat. Just be sure to take it slow at first!

Burpees

This is an intense and impactful exercise that does a little bit of everything. They’re great cardio and they strengthen your arms and legs. Also, there’s no need for any kind of equipment. 20-30 of these using the proper technique, and you’ll most definitely work up a sweat. However, keep in mind that these are quite strenuous and require jumping. If you have neighbors below you, you might want to reconsider these workouts.

Planks

You can’t get much quieter than the classic plank. If a simple plank is getting too easy or too monotonous for you, there are a few little alternatives you can add in to work different muscles and liven up your workout.

Planks to push-ups are great for your core, shoulders, triceps and chest. Begin in a plank position then transition into a push-up by extending the right elbow and placing the right hand flat on the ground. Transition to your left elbow and hand until you are in a push up position.

Star plank is a variation of the plank position  working your chest, abs, and shoulders while using your core a little extra. Instead of keeping your arms and legs at shoulder and hip-width apart, you spread them out and attempt to stay low and tight.

High Knees and Butt Kickers

High knees and butt kickers are great cardio exercises and can be done in your own living room. Even while performing them in place, you are definitely still getting a good workout. Begin by doing each set for about 45 seconds, ramping up the intensity as necessary. After a few sets you’ll definitely be worked. However, much like burpees, make sure that you don’t hop too hard and disturb your downstairs neighbors.

Squats and Lunges

These great and basic lower body workouts are effective, quiet, and able to be done anywhere. Add difficulty by mixing in a few dumbbells or medicine balls to deepen core strength. Try jump squats to add a punch to this exercise, landing softly and going right into another squat. You can add the same variation to lunges too.

Though most at-home workouts are more low-key, it’s still important to make sure that you and your property are safe. Always stretch before working out, take new exercises slowly to learn the right form, and make sure that you’ve protected your apartment with a Renters Insurance policy.

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