5 Perfect Workouts When You Live in a Small Space
Whether you're living in a cramped dorm room or sharing a tiny apartment, there's probably not enough space to start building a home gym. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for you to get stronger and keep your body in shape. Here are a few good exercise ideas for when you have little more than a few square feet at your disposal.
1. Kettlebell Workout
Many fitness fanatics are turning to kettlebells over traditional weights because the equipment's shape allows for more dynamic exercises that can take less time and burn more calories. The best part is that you can do a range of exercises with just one kettlebell, so there's no need to worry about where you'll store weights, bars and benches. You can do most kettlebell workouts in a space that gives you room to stand and move your arms.
2. Quick cardio circuit
You don't need a treadmill, stationary bike or track to get a good cardio workout. You can string together a few basic bodyweight exercises to build a routine that will get your heart pumping and only requires a few feet of space. Do exercises like jumping jacks, mountain climbers and burpees in rapid succession without rest to work your muscles and your heart. This is a great option if the weather outside is bad and your home or apartment doesn't have much space to exercise.
"Unless you're playing double dutch, jumping rope doesn't take any more room than your arm span."
3. Jump rope
Unless you're playing double dutch, jumping rope doesn't take any more room than your arm span. In addition to using space efficiently, jumping rope is an excellent cardio workout that helps tone muscles while burning calories. There's a reason it's a favorite in the boxing community.
4. Resistance band
If you want to build strength in addition to getting a little cardio, but you don't have room or money for a weight machine, resistance band workouts can help. You can do flies, curls, rows and presses with a band or two - just like you'd be able to with a machine at the gym. You may need to anchor your band to a door or beam in small quarters.
5. Office exercises
Adapt workouts and stretches designed for office workers to your home. Work your arms, core and back without taking up any room while you check your email or surf the web.
If space is critical, but you want to stay fit, make enough room for a single-serving Oster® My Blend® Blender. You can whip up a protein shake or a green smoothie in this blender, then attach the sport top and drink right from the jar. Consult your doctor before beginning an exercise routine to make sure you are ready for athletic activity. These are suggestions for workouts, not strict directives.