Who needs a gym when you have a home?

As women, we have so many hang ups that keep us from joining a gym. Oftentimes, gyms are intimidating and expensive.  If the buffed up men aren’t eyeing you through the mirror then you have to sacrifice your first born to pay joining and membership fees.  For a woman, who may already be insecure about her weight, all of this may be a deterrent that hinders her from taking that first step to leading a healthier lifestyle. The solution is simple…create an in home gym with simple household products.  I have provided a list of exercises that you can perform in and around your home that will help you get on your way to a healthier and more active lifestyle.

1.       Pick up the pace on the steps: If you have steps in or around your home, take advantage of them by running/jogging up and down them for about 20 minutes for a fast and effective cardio workout.  During the spring and summer months, walking around the neighborhood adds variety to your exercise also.

2.       Raid your cupboards: If you do not own a set of dumbbells, use bottles filled with water or sand as well as canned goods as a substitution for free weights.  Also, if you have debated for months on whether or not to purchase the shake weight, try this at home “remedy.”  Fill a 2-liter bottle with water and perform the same arm movements you see on the commercials to get the same result.

3.       Make good use of your furniture: Tables and chairs can be used to perform exercises such as triceps dips, one leg lunges, hip extensions, leg drops and modified pushups.

4.       Put your DVD player to use: Purchase inexpensive exercise DVDs on Amazon or Ebay on h workout with them a few days a week.

5.    Take advantage of your kids’ video games: The Wii (with Wii Fit) and Kinect are two new video games that have excellent exercise components to them.

By taking advantage of the things you have in and around your home you can easily be on your way to a healthier and more active lifestyle.  Spring and summer are right around the corner…not time for debating, get started now, your bathing suit will thank you later!

Remember, healthy living is 90% mental and 10% work (just my theory) so, make it up in your mind to live healthier and nothing can stop you!

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