For some of us, joining a public gym just isn’t an option.
They can be pretty expensive and if you are already not feeling very confident about your body weight, being in a gym surrounded by people who look relatively fit and healthy can be quite off putting.
It’s also quite daunting when you look around and see all the fancy equipment but don’t know quite what to do with it.
Well gyms are not the only answer.
The great thing about starting a home exercise plan is that it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg. You can use items around your home to help you lose weight for free.
Here are a few examples of the types of cardiovascular exercises you can do from home.
1. Power Climb Those Stairs
Obviously you need to have stairs in your home, so if you live in a single level apartment or flat you might want to shoot straight to tip number 2.
Whilst not everybody has the space or can spare the extra expense of purchasing their very own treadmill or exercise bike, climbing stairs is a great method for ramping up your cardiovascular activity.
To give yourself a gentle warm up, begin walking up and down the stairs for a count of 3 or 4 times. Take a rest for no longer than 60 seconds. Start on your next set of 3 or 4, but this time run up and down the stairs. Then take another short rest of up to 60 seconds.
Continue to work in sets like this for a further 4 or 5 times. Feeling sweaty and tired? You should be you’re burning up those calories and really giving your body fat a good run for its money.
2. Skipping / Jumping Rope isn’t just for the kids!
If running up and down the stairs is not for you, how about getting all nostalgic with a skipping rope. Buy, beg or borrow one from your children’s play box. As well as being a source of amusement (or is that bemusement!) for your little cherubs, it’s a fun way to kick start your home exercise plan.
Time yourself skipping for 1 minute and then once again give yourself a rest period of no more than 60 seconds, before skipping again. As above, work in sets of 4 or 5 in the beginning stages – you can always increase the number of sets you do when you feel ready.
The great thing about this workout is that you can really challenge yourself with small increases in the length of time you jump for. The longer you skip, the more fat you burn. Talk about an intensive all over body workout!
After you’re comfortable with skipping for a minute, see if you can push this to 2, 3, and 4 or maybe even minutes before giving yourself that rest break.
Just be sure to pace yourself if you’re new to skipping. We wouldn’t want you to end up in a crumpled, entangled heap on the floor.
3. Add Some Strength Work to Your Routine
We all have tins of something or other happily sitting in our kitchen cupboards. These can double as hand weights to add strength work to your home based exercise plan, helping you to firm up all those saggy bits.
Try regular squats, lunges, shoulder and chest presses whilst holding a couple cans of beans (one can in each hand naturally). Aim at doing 8-12 repetitions of each exercise and then give yourself a 1-2 minute rest break. Rinse and repeat the set 4-5 times.
By making this part of your regular weekly exercise plan, you will start to notice an increase in your muscle tone and definition.
4. Add Even More Resistance
By using resistance bands in your workout you can further target those flabby areas which need extra work. Resistance bands take up very little room in your home, are commonly available from online stores or sports shops and are pretty inexpensive to purchase.
Grabbing both ends of the resistance band, you can repeat the same exercises as above, namely shoulder presses, squats, chest presses and lunges to give yourself an effective strength based workout.
So there you have it. Just a few simple ideas on cardiovascular exercises to do from home.
Try to combine them with the strength and resistance work to give a balanced workout.
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