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Creative Ways to Change Up Your At-Home Workout

By Genevieve Cunningham

Working out at home has been a concept that is growing over the years. For some people, the only place to work out is at the gym. They have all of the equipment and the motivation and the personal trainers. But for other people, the only place to work out is in the comfort of their own homes. They don't have to leave. They don't have to get dressed. It's just easier and more convenient. The only problem with at-home workouts is that they can get boring. Because we can't own as much equipment as a gym, workouts done at home tend to get stale. But luckily, they don't have to! If you need to change up your at-home workouts just a bit, take a look at these creative ways to challenge yourself today.

Squat in Heels

Squats are so good for the lower half of your body. Doing squats works every muscle from the calves all the way up to the glutes. But if you do them regularly, your body will get used to them. And this is when a change can be really good. If you're a woman, try putting on some heels before squatting. This changes the angle of your feet, which means that different leg muscles are worked in different ways. It will definitely burn! If you're a man, or you simply don't own heels, you can simply place your heels on a step or on anything that angles the toes forward. You might feel silly at first, but you'll feel the burn and see the change in your legs as a result.

Grab Some Canned Goods

Canned goods are for more than just eating. They can also serve as weights! An average can of food weighs between one and three pounds. Choose a couple of cans that fit comfortably in your hands, and then use them for weights. Do bicep curls, tricep extensions, and lunges. Do whatever exercises you normally do, but this time, include the cans. It won't add a significantly powerful change to your routine, but it will be enough to provide a little extra challenge.

Watch Something Good

If you do the same routine every day and you like routine, just try changing your scenery. Watch a new show while you do your workout. Watch a movie you've been wanting to see. This might slow you down a bit, but it can keep you going when you normally would have quit. It's a great way to knock out two birds with one stone -- a quick Netflix binge plus a solid workout.

Don't let your at-home workouts get boring. Use these tips to change up your routine and keep your muscles guessing. With some very small changes, you can improve your workout, have a little fun, and change your body for the better in small, significant ways over time.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Van Nuys, Calif.

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