We get it: Life can be crazy-busy! With work, running errands, picking your kids up from school and extracurricular activities (or your pup from doggy daycare!), your to-dos probably seem endless — so much so that the mere thought of spending an hour at the gym is almost comical. How can you possibly fit in a workout? Here’s some good news: You don’t actually have to get your exercise in at the gym — there are other ways you can get fit, without a membership!
In fact, there are a number of exercises you can do right at home — whether that’s in your backyard or living room — that will benefit your health without any gym equipment. And when it comes to working out, the health perks are practically endless.
For one, experts agree that exercise can support your weight loss efforts, and is a great way to keep your heart healthy.1 Staying active could help lower your blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and make your heart muscle stronger.2
Getting active can even help if you are at risk for having diabetes — studies indicate sedentary people who started exercising were able to lower their insulin resistance.3
So, if you’re crunched for time but still want to reap the numerous benefits that come along with breaking a sweat, try these exercises. You can do them from the comfort of your own home, build your strength and improve your fitness — no gym required! Start with 10-15 repetitions, then add additional reps as you feel more comfortable.
New to fitness? Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Exercise.
Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine.