Tips for Working Out At Home

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness expert John Basedow shares his top tips for working out at home.

    John Basedow: Whether you are struggling to find time to exercise or don't have the budget to join a gym, not working out is just not an option. And according to The American Council on Exercise, you can easily do a challenging full body workout from the comfort of your own home by following some simple routines.

    You don't have to feel lonely working out at home, try a DVD or online video to follow along with an instructor. This is a great opportunity to experiment with a new routine that you have been interested in checking out.

    There is no need to buy expensive equipment, a simple jump rope will help you with cardio and a couch or ottoman can be used for strength training with your body weight. Get your heart pumping and your arms and abs firing with a mountain climber.

    Start facing the couch cushions and place your hands on the seat of the couch directly under your shoulders, arms extended, walk both the back out to a pushup position and brace your abs in tight. In a quick controlled motion, begin alternating running one knee in towards your chest at a time, keeping your shoulder steady over your hands the entire time.

    For your legs do couch squats, stand in front of the couch, keep hip width apart, squat down as if you want to take a seat, then press back out. But don't be afraid to purchase equipment if you want it. Stationary bikes or treadmills allow you to create your own routine at different levels and intensities. Also making a financial commitment can help your mental focus, because it changes thought to reality and you will be more likely to stick with the plan.

    So, enough excuses of no time and money, incorporating a home work out routine, will help you meet your fitness goals.