We’ve all heard about all of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, and how fitness and exercise contribute a large part to your well being. But what if you don’t live in an area that’s close by any running tracks, or if your schedule doesn’t allow you to commute to the gym often enough? Time to get creative with your fitness routine.
If you’re living in an apartment, cardio sessions can pose a bit of a problem, especially for your downstairs neighbours while you’re doing your P90X routine.
Here are some ways to keep momentum when you’re living in a small space, without burdening your neighbours.
Get into yoga
Don’t discount yoga as an effective workout. While there ARE practices that focus on meditation and gentle movements, there are plenty that will give you an intense workout if that’s what you’re looking for.
You can find free videos on Amazon Prime and Netflix (or even YouTube if you don’t feel like paying for a streaming service, I especially like Yoga With Adriene) that focus on core strength and holding poses for a long time.
Bonus: Your yoga mat can act as an extra layer of padding. Because you’re such a thoughtful neighbour!
Be a good neighbour
Speaking of neighbours…if you really want to jump around without making them hate you, try talking to them and finding a time to exercise when they won’t be home. If they always work until six and you’re home by five, use that hour to quickly squeeze in a 30 minute cardio-intensive workout like Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.
Bro, do you even lift?
Lifting weights is a stationary activity that, contrary to popular belief, won’t turn you into a scary pro-wrestler incarnate. There are tons of apps out there that can help you create a routine that works for your body. Both Fitocracy and JEFIT have received good reviews (just ignore how PUMPED UP the interface looks) because they have plenty of pictures and ways to choose what type of workout you’re looking for.
You can intersperse your weight training with this cardio video from Blogilates that was especially made for apartment dwellers if you’re still looking for ways to get your heart pumping.
If you don’t have a weight set or hand weights, you can also do strength training exercise using your body weight. This routine is a great place to start and was created for people who live in tiny spaces.
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