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The Gym, Better Known as Home

Posted on September 10, 2013
By Nikki Martinez

What excuse have you used about working out recently?

Soreness can’t even describe how I felt 2 days AFTER I did a mixed workout, which included some fun Zumba…and the wretched Mountain Climbers my new friend in radio, Rob Dempsey, decided to toss into the mix “for fun.” I probably wasn’t the only one out of the group who felt it all during the rest of the week, so I don’t feel too bad for complaining a little about it. It did make me realize that, even though I was in my Honeymoon Phase in life didn’t mean I should give up on my body during this all. 

Others tend to use the “I have no time” reasoning, but falls flat when you take a step back and look at the 3 hours of TV you decided to take in this evening. Only 30 minutes a day of some type of activity can help tons!

Then there’s the “I can’t afford a gym membership.” This one, even though very valid (the prices for some places could pay for a semester at a private elementary school), can be busted as well. Hence what writer Casey Rackham points to as the Homemade Gym:

Step One: Grab a Yoga Mat

Lay the mat out on hard flooring for a great stretching area or for other floor exercises.

Step Two: Grab a Towel for Stretching

The towel is a great tool for beginners and those with low flexibility. Gently pull up and back on your foot to get a deep stretch in your hamstrings. Hold for 20 to 40 seconds and then switch legs.

Step Three: Slide or Dance

If you have linoleum, tile, or wood flooring, put a pair of socks on. Then slide back and forth (sort of like how a speed skater would on ice). Or you can just dance!

Step Four: Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a cheap and easy way to do some cardio and improve your coordination.

Step Five: Lift Weights

To make some DIY weights, fill milk cartons or water bottles with gravel or sand.

Step Six: Pillow Crunches

Use a pillow to add a little extra challenge to your ab workout.

 

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