January 4, 2014

Workouts for Small Spaces

My husband & I recently (and FINALLY!) bought a 670 square foot house, and the only room with enough empty floor space to work out is the living room.  So I've been learning how to do exercises in small spaces, and it's been interesting to say the least!

I do jumping jacks and high knees in my kitchen, because doing them in the living room was causing the television to shake, rattle and roll, and I didn't want it to fall over and break from being shaken too much!  So the kitchen is the spot for the exercises involving the more plyometric moves.

The living room is perfect for everything else though.  I've been doing sequences of lunges, pushups, planks, wall sits, and bicycle crunches on the floor in my living room.  Who says you can't get a great workout at home? 

I have 2 pieces of workout equipment that I sometimes use during my workouts.  The first is a 10 pound medicine ball that I hold while doing crunches and squats.  The second item is an elastic tube with handles, and I use that for bicep curls and rowing, to work my back & shoulders.

The picture above is from my fitness Pinterest board here, and it has a great circuit of exercises, a similar sequence to what I've been doing at home.  What this picture doesn't say, however, is that a method for doing this circuit is do each exercise for 30 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds or less, then do the next exercise for 30 seconds.  Repeat this process for the entire circuit, and what this does is keeps your body working at close to its maximum potential, giving you both a strength and cardio workout.

I've been aiming to do this circuit 2x through, three days a week, with other sessions where I'll focus on my abs, legs, or arms/shoulders/back.  Remember, if you're new to exercising or haven't exercised in awhile, start off SLOW.  You will be sore, but you'll get over it, and then you can come back for more.  And if you can't complete the entire circuit even once, don't worry about it at all because you'll improve with practice, and soon you'll be able to cruise through this entire thing! 

This is a tough workout!  Have fun and let me know if you try it!

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