Now that health measures are being lifted and gyms are reopening, many people are going back to their old workout routines. But over the past couple of years, a lot of us have figured out that working out at home has its upsides: it's faster, it's cheaper, and you don't have to worry about viruses and germs floating around.
Whether you're trying to save money, travel a lot for work, or just aren't ready to go back to the gym yet, you can still keep fit at home with minimal equipment. Here are our top workouts that you can do in a small space.
Commit to a 30-day Yoga Challenge
We know, we know... Home yoga workouts aren't as challenging as most power yoga classes at your local studio. But by maintaining an at-home yoga practice, you can still get fantastic benefits by doing a bit every day.
The wonderful thing about yoga is that it only requires space for your mat. Whether you decide to join a subscription service, attend your local studio's remote classes, or watch free yoga videos on YouTube, challenging yourself to do a short yoga practice for 30 days straight is a great way to make it a habit. In addition to enhancing your balance, and flexibility, yoga can help you reduce stress and clear your mind.
Also known as bodyweight exercises, calisthenics require very little space and virtually no equipment. You can do calisthenics anywhere — your living room, bedroom, hotel room, even a hallway.
So what are calisthenics, exactly? You're probably already familiar with a lot of these exercises already. They include squats, push-ups, lunges, leg raises, sit-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, burpees, the list goes on. You can easily come up with your own calisthenics routine, but if you need a little inspiration, you'll find lots of free workouts online.
Look up HIIT Workouts on YouTube
HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training and these workouts don't require a lot of space. They typically incorporate movements like high-knees, running in place, jumping jacks, and burpees. If you live in an apartment and that sounds like too much jumping for your small space, YouTube is teeming with "no jumping" HIIT workouts you can try.
Try a Pilates or Barre-Inspired Workout
Like yoga, Pilates and barre-inspired workouts only require enough space for your mat, so you can do them in front of your TV or a little corner of your bedroom. If you're not sure where to begin, start by checking out Blogilates. And if you're interested in trying a ballet-inspired workout, look up Ballet Beautiful or do a search for "barre workout" on YouTube.