Whether you’ve recently set a New Year workout resolution or are looking to add some additional workouts into your current routine, we’ve included five home workout ideas that will help you get fit for the right from the comfort of your home
New Year resolutions often invite big, far-reaching goals that tend to fall by the wayside after a few months. The key to being successful in your resolutions is to start small, set realistic goals, and – most importantly – to stick with them. That’s why we’ve provided these helpful workout ideas that can be performed from home and only require 30 minutes of your day to start seeing results. Avoid the crowds and achieve your fitness goals at the same time with these 5 home workout gym alternatives!
Strength Training Exercises
Tone your arms, legs, and core with some easy at-home strength training exercises. There’s no need for expensive equipment or a gym membership, as all of these exercises can be done right at home. The benefit of strength training is that you can choose exercises to target the muscles you want to improve, and you can see results using only your bodyweight or resistance bands. Start by setting aside 20-30 minutes a day and doing any of the exercises below:
- Plank, Pushups & Sit-Ups
- Lunges, Squats, & Squat Jumps
- Weightlifting with household objects
- Jumping Jacks, Burpees, High Knees
If you find yourself needing some inspiration, there are tons of motivating workout videos and sessions online to keep you right on track.
Morning Yoga or Pilates
Start your day off right with a mindful full-body workout. All you need is a yoga mat or ample space for stretching to reap the long-term health benefits of incorporating yoga or pilates into your life. Then, with a bit of practice and focus, you can improve your flexibility, balance, and mindfulness to tackle the rest of your day. Set a goal to master the classical Tree Pose, High Dragon, Swan, or Butterfly poses or add new poses to your routine each week. Have fun with it!
Local Hiking Trails
Walking just 30 minutes a day can lead to weight loss, reduced levels of stress, and better overall heart health. So if any of those are on your New Year resolutions list, then take advantage of the nearly four miles of local trails surrounding the beautiful Lakeside at Tessera community. There are plenty of convenient local opportunities to start your day with a casual walk or even a cardio-boosting jog.
If you find yourself wanting more trails to explore, there’s a network of enjoyable trails at the nearby Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, right outside of Austin.
A great way to strengthen your muscles, burn calories, and build up your endurance is by incorporating aerobic exercises into your workout routine.
If running seems like a drag to you, try some other great exercises to start like swimming, cycling, using an elliptical machine, or dancing. All of these fun activities can be done in the comfort of your home or around the Lakeside community.
Whether you have a stationary exercise bike or a road bike, cycling is a wonderful way to get your heart and lungs pumping for an extended amount of time. At the Lakeside Club’s infinity pool, you can practice your backstroke, breaststroke, or various pool exercises. Swimming offers a way to move your joints and muscles in a low-impact manner, and water aerobics is a great way to add pain-free movement to your day as well. You can also grab a stand-up paddleboard or kayak and use one of the many nearby launches into Lake Travis for some free range exercise.
Add a little fun to your aerobic exercises by getting the whole family involved in a weekly dance party! Embarrass your kids with your cool dance moves while adding a little family bonding into your workout schedule. It’s a great way to improve everyone’s flexibility, cardio, and ab muscles, as it’s sure to bring a few laughs.
Recreational Sport Activities
Committing to a workout routine can be challenging at times. An easy way to stick to your workout goals is to keep it fun and engaging and not allow it to become a bothersome chore. Do you have a favorite recreational sport? Sharpen your volleyball, basketball, or frisbee skills while improving your cardiovascular fitness by joining a local rec league or putting together a casual game with your Lakeside neighbors.
Get Fit This Year at Lakeside
Lakeside at Tessera has so many great amenities and community features that will help you get fit in the new year. Join with your neighbors and knock out some fitness resolutions!