Exercises You Can Do at Home

Exercises You Can Do at Home
For most people getting enough motivation to go to the gym can be hard.  And with the expense of membership and the time it takes to get there – it really wouldn’t take much more to convince someone to stay home and skip the whole thing all together.  Anxiety about leaks can be more than enough to push you over the edge.  But by skipping out on exercise, you are depriving yourself of something your body needs to stay healthy and strong.  Luckily you don’t need to have a gym membership to get the exercise you need.  Here are some things you can do to get exercise in your own home!

Body Weight Exercises: Body weight exercises (like squats, lunges, pushups or crunches) are a great way to exercise without any equipment.  You can follow a routine or pick different exercises to work on each day.  Search on the internet for routines or moves that fit your needs, or meet with a personal trainer to develop a set of moves just for you. 

Dance Videos: There are a ton of dance video options available on the internet or on DVD.  You can pick based on your favorite music, on the type of dance or even on the type of workout you want to get.  Just like dance classes you might take at the gym, all you have to do is follow the dance instructor as they show you the moves.  
Play with Pets or Children – Playing with pets or children doesn’t sound like a work out, but it can take more than you think.  Walking, running and squatting are all common aspects of playing and can be a fun way to exercise at home.  Don’t have your own kids or pets?  Offer to babysit or dogsit.  Their moms could probably use the break.
Yoga: Get your own yoga mat and try yoga at home.  Dim the lights and light a candle to mimic the feel of a yoga class at the gym.  If you don’t know enough yoga to try completely on your own, try getting an app on your smart phone or buying a DVD.  For more information on the benefits of Yoga, see Yoga for Improving UI.

Run or Walk on Treadmill: This can be boring for some, but for those of you who are runners this might be the best way to get in your runs without risking a public accident.  Put your treadmill in front of a TV to tone down the boredom. 

Run or Walk Outside: This might be a stretch depending on your kind of UI, but even just a quick jaunt around the block can do wonders for your mood and your body.  Make sure you are wearing good quality, comfortable shoes and don’t go farther from your house than you feel comfortable walking back.  To make it less of a chore, try inviting a friend or replacing your weekly coffee with a weekly walk.

Exercising at home can be great, but keep in mind that exercising alone can also be dangerous.  Make sure to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine and consider exercising only when someone else is in the house with you.  If you live alone, you might consider inviting a friend.