With the holidays coming up, we thought it was a good time to share some at-home workouts you can do in the comfort of your own apartment. As we’ve previously mentioned, working out has lots of perks. It can also be a great stress reliever during the often overwhelming holiday season. If you know how to work out at home, it’s easy to set aside a little time to focus on yourself in the midst of seasonal chaos. No matter the level of holiday-induced stress you experience, you can always find a place to get out some of your angst in the form of a good, hard work out. Since many of us will be indulging in some delicious eats next week, we thought it was best to focus on fat burning exercises you can do in the comfort of your own apartment. Check them out below, and plan your holiday workout routine accordingly.
Inverted V Pipe Exercise
If you’re into yoga, you may recognize that this exercise looks a lot like downward dog. It’s a great core workout that can burn fat while strengthening your stomach muscles. As you’re performing this exercise, don’t be afraid to bend your knees generously. Although most photos of yogis in downward dog have their legs totally straight, it isn’t a natural position for all of our bodies.
Here’s how to do it:
Begin in plank position with your elbows bent underneath your shoulders. Your back should be straight, and your feet should be hip-width apart. Lift your hips toward the ceiling while pressing down with your shoulders and arms. Then slowly return to your plank position. This is one set. We recommend doing three sets of 15.
Jumping rope is one of the easiest ways to get some cardio into your day. It’s also a lot of fun which makes it one of our favorite fat burning exercises to do at home (or anywhere you want). Just be mindful of your surroundings. If you live in an apartment above others, you may want to refrain from jumping rope too early in the morning or too late at night. It can cause a lot of noise for your downstairs neighbors.
Your standard jumping will do just fine. However, if you want to integrate a special routine, we recommend starting off here.
Glute bridges are another one of our favorite fat-burning exercises. They strengthen your glutes as well as your thighs, so they’re a great choice if you’re looking to improve on your lower body strength. When you’re performing your glute bridges, be sure to drive through your heels. This will protect your knees and also help to activate your glutes, which may not be activated if you haven’t worked them out in a while.
Here’s how to do a glute bridge correctly:
Begin on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Your arms should be flat by your sides. Begin to lift your hips off the group by driving through your heels. Keep lifting your hips until you’ve reached the bridge position. Hold for a few seconds. Then slowly return to your start position. That is one set. We recommend completing at least three sets of 15 glute bridges at a time.
Jump squats provide a complete, total-body fat burning workout without the need for any additional equipment. They pack all the muscle-toning benefits of a standard squat with the added benefit of a cardio workout, thanks to the jumping part.
Here’s how to do a jump squat:
Begin standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Next, bend your knees and do a squat as you normally would do. Then jump up while engaging your core. Land on your feet and dip down into another squat. This is one set. We recommend doing three sets of 10 jump squats at a time.
The tried-and-true crunch is still one of the best fat burning exercises you do can at home. The trick is that you must do them correctly, which can be a problem for some people. Here’s how to do them right:
Start by laying on your back with your hands behind your head. Next, bend your knees. Bring them up towards you so that they create a 90-degree angle, and lift your shoulders off the floor. Now, twist your upper body to the right while simultaneously pulling your right knee in towards your left elbow. Then, do the same thing with your alternate leg and elbow. Repeat as many times as you like.
Looking for some yoga moves you can practice right at home? Check out some of our previous articles below: