Many women have a difficult time getting to the gym with their busy schedule. We all have busy schedules. Women often have children to raise and meals to cook at home. Getting all of the errands run and chores done leaves little time to get a workout in for some women. Some women are intimidated by the heavy weights and the equipment in the gym. Others just want a workout from home because they don’t enjoy fitness classes. The great news is that there are all kinds of at home workouts for women that will challenge you and get you in shape!
Getting your cardio in on a treadmill is an effective way to workout at home. There are many inexpensive treadmills that you can purchase online that are easy to set up and get you started on your at home fitness. While running on a treadmill can seem boring, you can vary your speed and even add some weights and a workout to your treadmill walking or running!
Some people have discovered that treadmill desks improve their work performance as well as helping them get fit! While walking while you work can be distracting at speeds over 3 miles per hour, you can steadily burn a few extra calories each hour if you are walking and working at the same time. There are a variety of treadmill desks on the market and you can even make your own!
- Great way to get cardio in your life
- Keeps you moving when you may want to quit
- Lots of different speeds to suit your needs
- Can be expensive to purchase
- Takes up space in the home
- Mainly works out the legs
Yoga and Pilates
For people who don’t like to strain their joins with a lot of forceful repetitions, there is yoga! Yoga is a series of different asanas. Each different pose is held for an extended period of time while clearing your mind. The yoga poses help to lengthen certain muscles. They gradually build your muscle and improve your flexibility!
- Great for flexibility
- Increases strength and muscle tone
- Needs only a small space and a mat
- Calms the mind
- Not much equipment needed – only a mat
- Not a strenuous cardio workout
- Doesn’t stress the lympatic system much
Jumping on a trampoline is an excellent way to get in shape. The benefit of rebounding is that it increases the gravitational load that is placed on your body. With each bounce, you are stimulating the lymphatic system. Rebounding is an effective way to get in shape at home. A rebounder is a piece of equipment that can be easily stored and doesn’t take up too much space.
- Very effective cardio workout
- Does not strain the muscles
- Increases the heart rate quickly
- Can easily add weights to intensify the workout and build muscle
- Must purchase a rebounder or mini-trampoline
There are great aerobics videos that you can use to get in shape at home! This takes me back to the 1980’s! Recently, I was in an adapted gym class and discovered that they were using Richard Simmon’s videos! The kids had a lot of fun with Sweatin’ to the Oldies! Aerobics can give your cardiovascular system a great workout. It will tone your muscles, but you won’t get large muscles from aerobics workouts.
- Inexpensive to get started
- DVDs and workout videos can be very entertaining
- A variety of workout videos to choose from
The best at home workout for you is going to be one that fits your personality and your style. You will want to select one that fits your lifestyle and your goals. Are you willing to have a piece of equipment around your home, such as a treadmll, in order to get your cardio in or would you rather schedule in a run around the neighborhood and build your muscles up with a pilates exercise? The best at home workout for women is going to vary with your needs and goals, but these are some great workouts to get started with!