Living in an apartment may not offer the space required for a home gym. While this may seem like a downside if you’re an exercise devotee, life in an apartment doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your personal health and fitness goals.
There are plenty of ways to get a great workout in the comfort of your own home. With some inexpensive accessories and a dash of creativity, you can enjoy home workouts without spending a lot of money and having to rearrange your apartment.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas for home workouts!
Home Workout Idea #1: Full Bodyweight Workout
Want an efficient and effective way to build your strength and tone your muscles without the need for expensive exercise equipment? Then bodyweight exercises are the answer!
These simple exercises (many of which you’re likely familiar with) allow you to use your own body weight as a source of resistance against gravity. Some common bodyweight exercises include, but are not limited to, push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, and planks.
Best of all, you can perform these exercises almost anywhere in your apartment. Just be sure to move some of your furnishings to give yourself enough room and use a bath towel or exercise mat to provide some cushioning.
Home Workout Idea #2: Resistance Band Exercises
You could spend thousands of dollars on a piece of exercise equipment that weighs a ton and takes up half of your floor plan. Or you could use that money to take a nice vacation and buy some inexpensive resistance bands from your local store.
A go-to tool for many forms of physical therapy, resistance bands are versatile, affordable and easy-to-use exercise accessories that contribute to full-body workouts without taking up lots of space or breaking the bank.
Available in varying degrees of resistance, simply choose the elastic band that best suits your needs and fitness goals. Resistance Bands with handles help sustain a firmer grip and are great for movements that require a greater range of motion. Once you’ve selected your preferred choice, use the resistance bands for leg presses, bicep curls, chest presses and more. You can also use the bands for pre-workout stretching. Plus, their compact and portable size allows you to take them with you for on-the-go exercising when you’re vacationing or traveling.
Home Workout Idea #3: Create Your Own Home Yoga Studio
The popularity of yoga has grown exponentially in recent years. And for good reason!
Yoga is a low-impact way to enjoy a full-body workout and improve your flexibility, balance, and strength without putting a lot of pressure on your joints. Additionally, it helps reduce stress levels and promotes relaxation.
Yoga is also logistically beneficial for apartment life, since it doesn’t require a lot of room and the only expense is a mat which you can purchase almost anywhere. And if you’re new to yoga, you can find plenty of free online yoga classes or YouTube instructional videos to help you get started.
Home Workout Idea #4: Climbing Stairs in an Apartment Building
Forget the stair climbers and stepper machines. If your apartment building has stairs, then you have access to built-in equipment that’s right at your feet!
Climbing stairs is a wonderful way to get your heart rate up and exercise your lower back muscles. To make sure you don’t overdo it during your first home workout session, start by climbing one flight of stairs. As your strength and endurance improve, then you can increase the number of flights as you go.
Although this is a great form of exercise, please remember to be mindful of your neighbors. We recommend using the stairs during non-peak hours, so you don’t inconvenience anyone.
Which Home Workouts Are Right For You?
As you can see, you don’t have to worry about giving up on your fitness and exercise goals when you live in an apartment. You just need to choose a simple and effective way of committing yourself to a program that works best for you.
At Reinhold Residential, our spacious floor plans make it easy for you to enjoy your home workouts in comfort and convenience. And if you find you need more space or want the benefit of added equipment, many of our apartment communities feature on-site fitness centers for those more intensive workouts!
To learn more about life at a Reinhold Residential apartment community, we invite you to contact our leasing specialists today!