According to a recent national poll, “getting into better shape by losing weight” was the second most listed goal on people’s wish list. The number one reason why those otherwise motivated people can’t achieve their goals very easily: going to the gym all the time is a big hassle. Not only can it cost a lot of money and require a huge time commitment, but it is often embarrassing to work out in front of other people when you are trying to lose weight. There has to be an alternative, right? Well, you’re in luck because there are actually three.
Workout One: The Crawling Plank
Start your at-home workout on the right foot. Get prepared for this one, because it is not for the faint-of-heart or apathetic (seriously). It’s like a plank and pushup got married and had a beautiful fat-burning baby. Simply position yourself in the classic plank position, but this time lower yourself to the ground with one of your arms leading. Once you come back up, crawl forward while keeping your body straight as a board. Start out with only about 10 to 20 “crawls” before switching to another workout. This whole shebang should take you only about 30 to 60 seconds and can be done on your living room floor.
Workout Two: Cardio of Any Kind
Getting a good cardio workout is so beneficial that it is impossible to list only one at-home exercise. If you have an elliptical, a treadmill, or another piece of cardio workout equipment then good for you. If you don’t, no worries. You can still get a great cardio workout without packing up for the gym. Usually, in order to achieve adequate cardio fitness, you will need to exercise for at least 15 minutes (or however long it takes to elevate your heart rate). Try something like jumping rope, swimming laps if you have a pool, or taking a brisk walk or jog. Do this at least 3 or 4 times a week to see quick weight loss results.
Be sure to consult with your doctor or a certified fitness expert if you have questions about the kinds of workouts you should be doing. Keep in mind that losing weight by working out at home is easy if you perform all exercises the way they were intended. As a general rule, never do or continue doing anything that causes you pain or extreme discomfort.