The majority of people tend to use a gym to workout, but this isn’t necessarily the best option for all of us. Some of us feel self-conscious working out alongside regular gym goers, some of us are put off by pricey membership plans, and others simply can’t find the motivation to travel to the gym before working out and travelling back once they’re tired and weary. Read: Plus Sized Gyms for Exercise
Many of us mistakenly think that if you don’t work out at the gym, your options are whittled down to walking, jogging, or cycling in your local area. This, again, has plenty of cons. Who wants to workout in all weather conditions? Especially at this time of year! The good news is that you can bring your workout indoors to the comfort of your own home. This may seem too good to be true, but read on for a couple of ideas to get you started.
Two Easy Ways to Workout Indoors
Cycling provides you with an excellent cardiovascular workout and comes hand in hand with the same benefits as jogging, running and dancing. However, it is also lower impact, creating less wear on your joints.
Of course, you could jump on a bicycle and head out into the wilderness. But if you’re not all too fond of the outdoors, you can always invest in a static exercise bike. In fact, you may actually get a better workout this way too! When you cycle outdoors, you often only press down on the pedals which uses your quads. But with a static bike, your feet are strapped in, and you have to bring the pedal back up behind you, gaining the power of a full stroke every time. This will work your glutes and hamstrings.
When you cycle outdoors, you can easily coast along for extended distances without pedalling at all, especially if you’re on flat land or going downhill. When you use an exercise bike, you cycle non-stop, meaning that if you’re cycling for ten minutes, you can guarantee ten minutes of hard work and exertion.
If this sounds good to you, it’s time to start searching for the best exercise bike for your needs. Take budget and size into account, alongside the different functions that are available on the given bike. Some will have more levels and different settings, such as rolling hills, calorie burn, or fat burn.
While you could technically walk up and down the stairs in your home over and over again, we wouldn’t recommend it. The risk of tripping and falling (resulting in potentially serious injury) becomes pretty high. It’s also not the most effective stair climbing workout that you can get.
Consider investing in a stair climber. There are generally two types of machine available on the market. The first is the step mill which has an escalator feel to it. You have the opportunity to adjust difficulty levels on this machine, changing options such as speed.
Second is pedal-type steppers. These are more common for home use as they take up less space and are generally cheaper of the two devices. On the stepper, you can increase resistance, which makes you exert more energy in order to press each step down. Like cycling, this is a low impact workout and can quickly tone your legs and buttocks.
More Ways to Workout Indoors
These are just two options that are available to you. There are plenty more: consider weights, squats, and holistic workouts such as yoga and Pilates. You really can bring your workout indoors with just a few simple steps! Read: Yoga Brings Inspiration and Self-Realization
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