Disclosure: I am not a personal trainer, nor a physician. You should always consult with an expert to find a fitness program that is best for you.
As a new mom, my daily routine is impacted greatly by having a baby at home. I can’t always get to the gym when I want to, and even when I can go, I can’t necessarily spend as much time using the free weights and weight machines as I’d like to. Since we only have a couple pieces of fitness equipment at home (we have an ab roller, a stability ball, resistance bands, and yoga mats), I’ve had to get creative about finding ways to work on my strength training at home without the use of the expensive equipment that I have access to at the gym. When I can, I use little man as my weight to do exercises from the Baby Strong program, but I need to have other options than just using him as a weight in order to work on my strength training.
One of the great things about doing strength training exercises at home is that you don’t have to try and carve out a solid block of 30 or 60 minutes for each workout session. Its very easy to incorporate strength training exercises at home whenever you have a few spare moments. I try to do as much strength training during one single period as I can, but sometimes with a baby that’s just not possible.
So what are some of my favorite at home strength training exercises? (Please note, since I’m not a personal trainer I’ve included videos put together by others that describe some of these exercises.)
1. Donkey Kicks
These exercises work your lower back, legs, abs, and glutes. They’re a great exercise for working multiple muscle groups, which is great when you’re limited on time but still want to get a great workout in.
2. Fire Hydrants
These exercises work multiple groups as well – your hips and glutes. I typically alternate between donkey kicks and fire hydrants during one workout.
3. Push Ups
There are so many different variations of push ups that you can perform, all which will help make your upper body stronger and your core tighter. If you’re on the weaker side, consider doing push ups on your knees until you feel strong and confident enough to do a full push.
4. Sit Ups on Stability Ball
I love feeling the burn each time that I perform this exercise. I often feel a greater burn doing sit ups on the stability ball than I do just doing sit ups lying on the floor.
Planks are one of my favorite ways to work my core. They can be easily performed almost anywhere. I’ve even been known to do planks at the gym while giving my upper body or lower body a brief break from the weights.
QOTD: What are your favorite at home strength training exercises?
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