5 Exercise Ideas for Small Living Spaces

May 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

If you want to stay in shape but live in a small space or can’t afford a gym membership or costly exercise equipment, what are your options? Here are five cost-effective ways that you can stay fit in a small living space without hurting your wallet.

You don’t need a fitness club membership or a home gym to stay in shape. There are plenty of creative ways to work out and strengthen your body whether you’re short on space or short on cash.

home exercise 5 Exercise Ideas for Small Living Spaces

1. Exercise DVDs. – These videos are usually very inexpensive and are available in a wide variety of specialties, such as Yoga, aerobics, walking, dancing, yoga and resistance training. Before you purchase a video, read reviews to make sure the exercises can be done in your home. Some videos require additional equipment or a smooth surface. You can also find exercise videos on youtube.

2. Jump rope. – If you think you’re too old to jump rope, think again. Professional athletes regularly take to the skipping rope to quickly and effectively burn calories. Jump ropes are inexpensive, can be taken anywhere, and can be done in your living room! Just make sure the length of the rope is not too long if you have a low ceiling. It is recommended that you have at least ten inches above your head. This can be fixed by shortening the rope by wrapping it around your wrists. Also remember to wear athletic sneakers to avoid ankle injuries.

3. Squat around the house. – Waiting for a pot of water to boil? Brushing your teeth? Watching TV? These are all opportunities where you can practice squatting or stretching. Squatting involves standing and then lowering your body while keeping your knees over your toes. This is a great way to improve the strength in your thighs, hips and buttocks and it can be done while doing other activities.

4. Make a workout of simple tasks. – If you can park your car further away from the entrance of your home, this will force you to walk a few extra steps a day. Similarly, you can take the long way when taking out the trash. If you live in an apartment, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Finally, if you have to run an errand in close distance and weather permits, why don’t you walk instead? This will help you to get more exercise as well as save on gas costs for your car.

5. Exergaming. – While not exactly inexpensive, video consoles like the Wii and PlayStation offer video games that involve fitness and exercise that can all be done in the comfort of your living room. With several hundred games that can work as a personal trainer, help you engage in interactive sports, or simply improve your posture and balance, these games are a worthy investment that can give you the feeling of having a gym in your own home!

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