Five Apartment Fitness Tips

January 22, 2014 Updated: January 20, 2014

 

Losing weight is one of the top New Year’s resolutions and exercising in the comfort of your own apartment can save time because you can work out whenever you have spare minutes but can’t dedicate an entire evening to pumping iron at the gym. Using these five simple exercise tips, you can get in shape without leaving the comfort of your place.

1. Calisthenics

Calisthenics are a very apartment-friendly form of exercise, because you use your own body weight as resistance. Some popular calisthenics routines include situp, pushup and squat variations.

They might not sound exciting, but these fundamental exercises will work wonders for your physique. To get psyched up, imagine it’s your own personal boot camp—you can even measure yourself against basic training standards at Military.com. For more advanced and challenging moves try glute kickbacks and decline pushups. None of these exercises require equipment and can be completed in the cramped quarters of even the smallest apartments!

2. Strength Training

A set of weights is a practical exercise tool for apartment dwellers to own. These are very cost effective and can be easily stored in a drawer, closet, or under a bed. Using weights, you can work both upper and lower body muscle sets—from bicep curls, chest presses, and deltoid raises to dead lifts, walking lunges, and squats with weights.

Similarly, resistance bands are easy to find, purchase, and store and can be used for strength building routines or Pilates.

3. Climbing Stairs

If you live in a high-rise building, try taking the stairs as much as possible. Avoid waiting for the elevator, burn calories and improve your cardiovascular fitness on the way up to your apartment. Plug in your headphones and amp up your workout with the iFit Radio app, or crank up your own favorite tunes. Alternate single-stair climbing with double-stair climbing to work different muscles.

4. Yoga

Make any apartment into a yoga studio by purchasing a yoga mat, a set of scented candles, and some relaxing music that will help you to find your inner peace and tranquility. This ancient form of exercise and meditation can easily be performed in any apartment, no matter how small. There are many online yoga videos and class subscriptions these days to give you inspiration and a routine to follow. Check out YogaVibes.com, DailyDownwardDog.com, or MyYogaOnline.com, and consider a monthly subscription to stay on track!

5. Exercise Ball Chair

An exercise ball chair will certainly make a unique decorative statement in your apartment. Exercise balls are an effective way to develop core muscles, but they can be bulky and awkward to store in an apartment. An exercise ball chair, complete with detachable exercise ball, is a way to offer your guests a place to sit that will surely start a conversation. The chair can be also be used at your desk to develop core muscles while you work on the computer. Find great exercise ball workouts online at Lifetime-Fitness-Routines.com and Exercise-Ball-Exercises.com.

These tips are from Rent.com, a rental listing site that can help you find the right apartment for your at-home fitness needs.

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