Hi guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a snowy one here in MA. When I woke up Saturday morning, it already looked like winter wonderland outside and the snow was still coming down pretty hard! That ruled out a trip to the gym so I hit the treadmill in the basement and did a quick strength training routine.
There are always going to be times when something screws up your plans and you have to either give up the idea of a workout or squeeze in what you can, where you are….like snowed in. Here are some easy ways to get in a good workout even when you can’t make it to the gym. If you have dumbbells, great. You can add in some weights. If you don’t, that’s fine too because this workout really only requires the things you already have.
Split Squats (photo via The Running Junkie)
You can use the edge of a couch, chair or ottoman, if you have one.
Wall Sits (photo via FitStudio)
Fake Stability Ball Crunches (photo via POPSUGAR)
I use the edge of my bed or sometimes the couch to mimic the effect of using a stability ball. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s still pretty effective. This picture isn’t exactly right, but it’s the closest I could find.
You can do these on the floor or using the edge of a chair, bench, etc.
Decline Pushups (photo via Oxygen Magazine)
Again, a chair, couch, or ottoman is perfect for these.
If you don’t have a treadmill at home, you can get in some cardio by doing stairs. I’ve done this in the past when my treadmill was broken.
Any body weight exercise works too.
Examples: Planks, crunches, bicycle crunches, leg lifts, sumo squats, burpees, plank jacks, curtsy lunges, donkey kicks, bridges, etc.
There you go! It is possible to get in a workout anytime, anywhere as long as you’re willing to get creative.