4 Easy Exercises You Can Do at Home
It's always great to get in a good workout, but sometimes it's just not possible to make it to the gym. Maybe you're too busy, the weather is bad, or the kids are running around the house. Whatever the reason, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on your daily dose of exercise.
In fact, there are plenty of exercises you can do right at home! In this post, we'll discuss four easy ways to get in exercise that you can do without leaving your house, or with spring on the horizon, your yard. So put on your favorite workout clothes and get ready to sweat!
Hop on the elliptical machine
I know what you’re thinking — “duh!” The elliptical is a pretty obvious choice when it comes to getting exercise at home. But hear me out — there’s a reason why it’s obvious: it’s just a downright smart choice when it comes to exercise.
There are a ton of different elliptical exercise machines out there for you to choose from, all depending on what your budget is. But you can get a pretty decent one that gets the job done for just a few hundred bucks — there’s no need to spend thousands for all the bells and whistles unless you just really want them. Don’t let good marketing tell you otherwise.
Ellipticals are great low-impact exercise machines that are ideal for people like me who aren’t fans of running outside or on a treadmill. Most ellipticals generally come with a screen that tells you how far you’ve gone, your heart rate, speed, and more. More expensive ones will give you a TV-like screen with set exercises and more. But if you’re shopping on the less-expensive side, many have spots for phones and tablets.
Grab a golf putting mat
So we’re going from “duh, obviously” for the elliptical to “wait, what?” for the second. Again, hear me out. While golfing on the course is great exercise, using a golf putting mat inside might not be a solid option — at least not for physical exercise.
A lot of people forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. We need things to help relax us, calm us down, and take our minds off of things that are stressing us out. When we work from home, it’s hard to separate work from life. We need a bit of mental exercise to break up the day. That’s where a golf putting mat comes in.
You can place a golf putting mat anywhere you want, but your office may be a good choice. Seeing it will encourage you to stand up, stretch, and putt a few golf balls into the holes in between meetings. It may not be a whole lot in terms of physical exercise at home, but it’s a great way to get out of your chair during a long day at work.
Try your hand at badminton
Here's an at-home exercise that's also a little unconventional: badminton. It's not something you see a lot of others suggest, but it's a great exercise to do at home if you have a partner to join in on the fun.
All you need to do is grab yourself a badminton net (a portable badminton net with a stand will make life easier), some badminton rackets, a birdie or two, and you're good to go.
Make sure you have enough room in your backyard for your *SONGMICS badminton net. If not, you may need to head over to a park. That's why a portable badminton net with a stand may be your best bet -- you can bring it with you wherever you go.
* SONGMICS is a sub-brand of SONGMICS HOME.
Jump on the trampoline
Jumping on a trampoline is great for low-impact cardio and improving your overall mood. If you're not a fan of spending an hour on the elliptical, a good home exercise alternative is jumping on a trampoline.
These days, trampolines come in all sizes. Whether you're looking for an indoor trampoline for purely exercise-at-home purposes, or want a large outdoor trampoline that does the job while also giving you (and your kids) a spot for some outdoor fun, you can find a trampoline for your needs.
If you have room to spare, grab yourself a large backyard trampoline. You can get them in a variety of sizes, usually between 10 and 15 feet. If you have kids, some even have a basketball hoop integrated into the frame for a bit of extra fun.
For tight spaces, a small backyard trampoline may be the way to go. You can still get all the benefits of exercising on a trampoline without taking up too much space in the yard and save some room for that badminton net!
No matter what your goals are, exercise should be fun. Whether you're looking for something classic like an elliptical machine, want to focus on “me” time with a golf putting mat, off and spend some time outside with a badminton net, there are plenty of ways to get in some much-needed exercise this spring.
When you're ready for even more fun, backyard trampolines may just be the way to go -- you get your exercise and your kids get some fun. You're a winner all around!