Exercise At Home, With Very Little Equipment

by glenn on May 25, 2012

Yesterday was an awful day weatherwise.  Whether you work in an office or you work at home, this was not the kind of day that motivated you to head to the gym.  The skies were gray, the rain was hard.  Even a couple of claps of thunder rang through.  However, there is no reason that you couldn’t just decide to do some exercises at home.
Being in a home office has advantages and disadvantages.  Without getting into the litany of pros and cons, let’s just agree that being able to drop to the floor and start doing push ups is an advantage.  While you may not have office colleagues to push you for a lunchtime workout, you do have great flexibility of when and where to exercise.  You never know when the need or the opportunity for physical activity is going to strike you.  I am reminded of the scene in A Few Good Men, when Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Pollack are discussing the case and Tom Cruise suddenly decides he needs his bat.  “I think better with my bat,” he says.  For many, exercise is the bat and when you need to do it, you need to do it.  What would it look like to see someone do some push ups in the middle of the office?  Colleagues would think the person has lost it.  But if you need to do some push ups or jump rope and you work at home, this is much more acceptable behavior.

Exercise options for the home have changed significantly over the last decade.  With the explosion of personal training in New York City, many personal trainers in Manhattan are becoming more than trainers.  They are innovators and inventors.  There are so many new kinds of resistance bands, stretch bands, water filled weights, sand filled weights, adjustable weights, and mats.  This is in addition to all the innovative workout dvds and videos touting different workout programs.

No longer are home workouts limited to push ups, sit ups, and a jump rope. Those are great options, but now is lots to expand on.  You should not completely replace sit ups, push ups, or jumping rope, but you can mix it up a bit right in your living room.   Resistance bands can help provide you with a vast number of upper body exercises to help strengthen and tone your arms, back, and chest.

Remember, before starting any physical fitness or weight training program, see your doctor for a complete checkup.  A complete annual physical should be a part of everyone’s wellness plan.  This simple visit to your doctor can help stave off chronic or serious health problems from developing.

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