Start your work week off right by exercising in the comfort of your own home. Release happy endorphins by incorporating daily home workouts that help your body stay healthy while melting away stress that threatens to negatively impact your work life.
If you have limited time and can only squeeze in a few home workouts per week, you will probably get the best results from workouts that have a strength component. This includes lifting weights, doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and yoga.
Establish a routine that doesn’t get in the way of your work schedule. A few suggestions would be waking up 30 minutes earlier to do a quick morning workout or swap screen time for a HIIT workout 3 times per week. Don’t forget to apply an antiperspirant roll-on after taking a shower to keep your underarms fresh and smooth!
Here are three home workout exercises to help kickstart your work week:
Strength training helps make you stronger by building muscle endurance. With strength training, you move your body against some type of resistance, such as your body weight, free weights, dumbbells or resistance bands. Before starting your workout, always do a warm-up routine that includes movements that work your legs, arms, and other major muscle groups, brisk walking, or jogging on the spot.
HIIT style workouts
If you don’t feel the burn after a HIIT home workout, you aren’t doing it right. HIIT full-body workouts sear through fat and only take a mere 30 minutes to complete. It is a training technique in which you muster all of your efforts through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods.
HIIT training keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. The afterburn effect of HIIT is referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.
Yoga is the perfect way to cross-train because it stretches tight muscles, increases range of motion, enhances balance, and improves alignment. More importantly, yoga boosts energy and calms you as it teaches awareness, focus, and patience.
The ideal yoga home workout incorporates six types of poses:
- Standing poses build strength and stamina.
- Balancing poses promote focus.
- Forward bends stretch back and hamstring muscles.
- Backbends improve breathing.
- Twists aid in digestion and tone abs.
- Inversions increase circulation, leaving you calm yet energised.