6 Ways to Effectively Workout at Home

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Some days, it’s really difficult to go outside, especially in the winter months. It can be rainy or cold. So what are you going to do to get some exercise indoors? 

It’s wonderful if you are able to afford nice fitness equipment at home, just like in the gym. As nice as it sounds, it will not be an option for most of us. If you don’t have a gym membership or want to stay healthy and exercise at home on a budget, what can you do?

No more excuses! Here are 6 ways you can exercise indoors at home.

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1. Walking & Stair Stepping

You can go outside to exercise with your family or pets and enjoy the scenery around you if the weather is fine; but when weather has other ideas, you can just get an effective walking workout at home. If you have stairs, go up and down a few times. This will help to tone up your legs, while getting some low impact aerobic exercise as well. If you don’t have any stairs available, you can exercise with aerobic stepper, or just walk around the house.

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43″ Cardio Fitness Aerobic Stepper

Twister Stepper Machine

Fitness Step Air Stair Climber

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2. Squat and Kick

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, hands behind your head, and elbows out to the sides; Push your hips backward and bend your knees and sit back as far as you can; At the bottom of the squat, shift your weight onto your right foot, then kick your left leg in front of you, extending your right leg, then return your left foot to the ground. Repeat, kicking with your right leg, and continue alternating. 

These are excellent exercises for your legs and buttocks. You can just try these by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair, if you find them too difficult at first. As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you can adapt to them and you will provide some benefits to your body.

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Photo from Nicole Radziszewski

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3. The Plank

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Photo from Andrea Cespedes


The plank will challenge your entire core and have you all sweaty and shaky in seconds. Place your elbows underneath your shoulders, and your feet together. Now lift and hold your body weight, aiming for a straight line from head to toe. Start off holding the position for 30 seconds, and add an additional 10 seconds every day. As all body weight exercises, you can adjust the intensity at any time according to your training situation. See how long you can go for, it’s definitely not easy!

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4. Pull-up

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Photo from Andrea Cespedes


Pull-ups  work arm and back muscles, giving you great bang for your buck. This is a great test to your body weight strength! And you can now do it in your own home. Slowly pull your body up, bend your elbows, until your chin is level with the bar. Pause, then slowly return to your starting position. Repeat. Aim for 2-3 sets of 10 reps, several times per week.

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5. Dancing

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Dancing  is an effective way to burn calories, and get your heart rate going up while having fun. Many people may be shy if they are in the gym or in a crowded place because their dance skills are not good. But if you are in your own home, there is no need to look like a professional dancer or impress anyone, you can pick out different music style and just dance to your hearts’ content.

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6. Exercise Balls

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Exercise ball, yoga ball , or fitness ball – the ball goes by many names. For everyday fitness enthusiasts, the ball is the multifunctional and must-have exercise equipment that can help them to improve their health and fitness. It can be used for a variety of exercises, including abs, back, chest, arms, and legs, it is the best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. So long as you insist, you will see some benefits.

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