There are so many times where the gym is calling my name, yet my body wants to stay home. Whenever this happens, I write down a workout and tell myself that I must complete it by the end of the day. I often tell my husband to hold me to it and that helps me stick to my plan.
Working out at home can call for some creativity. Think about it—when you head to the gym, all the machines are already laid out for you— easy peasy. However, when you’re at home, you need a mix of extra motivation and some creative thinking. Below are 3 of my favorite at-home workouts that are easy to prep for, fun to do, and will make you sweat:
Soccer Ball HIIT (High Intensity Training):
Grab a soccer ball, a mat, and yourself.
3 sets of 12 reps:
- Soccer Ball Squats: Hold the soccer ball in your hands in front of your body and squat down. Squat down to the point as if you were to sit in a chair and raise the ball above your head. Stand back up and bring the ball back down in front of you. Repeat.
- Ball Touches: Set the ball in front of you on your mat. Get down on your hands and knees and go into a plank position. Make sure the ball is a foot or so away from you and reach one arm out at a time to tap the ball. Switch arms and continue tapping the ball for 12 reps. (6 per arm).
- Soccer Ball Sit-Ups: Sitting on your mat, hold the ball in front of you, resting on your stomach. Lean your torso backwards, keeping your feet on the mat. Tap the ball on the floor behind your head and then sit back up. Repeat.
- Ball Foot Taps: Place the ball in front of your mat on the floor. Standing in front of the ball, tap you toe on the top of the ball, switching legs as you go.
- Burpees: Begin in a standing position with the ball in your hands. Move into a squat position with your hands on the ball. Kick your feet back into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended on the ball. Immediately return your feet into squat position. Stand up from the squat position. Repeat.
Relaxing night yoga:
Grab a yoga mat and yourself.
Complete 3 rounds.
- Sit with your legs crossed and your hands on your legs. Breathe in and out. Feeling your chest move up and down. Sit here for at least 60 seconds.
- Move to your hands and knees and slowly make your way into downward dog. (30 seconds).
- Come down into a plank position and move your right foot in front of you, moving into warrior pose. (Hold for 30 seconds).
- Move back down into a plank position and switch to your left foot in front of you. Move into warrior pose and hold for 30 seconds.
- Step your right foot up to meet your left and move into mountain pose. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Step your right foot back, moving into warrior pose. (Hold for 10 seconds).
- Move make into plank position and move into cobra pose. (Hold for 15 seconds).
- Repeat the steps 3 more times starting with the downward dog.
20 Minute Fat Burn:
Grab a mat and yourself.
45 seconds work: 15 seconds rest (repeat 4 times)
- Jump & Plank Up – Start at one end of your mat and broad jump to the other end. Lower down into a plank and walk yourself back to a standing position at the other end of the mat to start again.
- Quick Taps – Start on one side of your mat, quickly tap each foot on the mat as you move laterally across the mat. When you get to the other side, lower into a lunge and tap the floor. Repeat on the other side.
- Jump Hop Squat – Start at one end of your mat with your feet together. Hop them wide and then back together up and down the length of your mat. When you reach the end of your mat, drop into a squat, reaching for the floor before going back the other direction.
- Plank Jacks – Starting in a plank, do a plank jack (feet hop from together to wide then back together).
- Kneel to Knee Hops – Start by kneeling on your mat. Step one foot forward and press through that foot to come through standing and hop up, driving the other knee towards the sky. Move the knee driving leg back, then the weight bearing leg back so you are kneeling again. Switch sides.
There you have it! Those are some of my favorite at-home workouts for you to try! Remember, you can always modify these if you cannot do all of the moves listed. And remember, make sure to always consult with your doctor before exercising. These workouts are one’s that I often choose to do because they are fun, easy to prepare for, and make me sweat.
Do you have any fun at-home workouts that you love? If you do, I would love to hear from you!