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Working Out Solo? No Problem!

Woman at the gym

Tiffany from Middleburg, Fl. asks:

“What can you do to get in a workout routine when you are working out alone? What exercises would you do alone with no spotter?”

Hi Tiffany!

Thank you for your question! So I would definitely take advantage of the Internet to get inspiration on the different types of workouts you can do at home alone. If you like dancing, there are videos on YouTube on Zumba that you can follow which will be fun, and it's like having your own dance party at home! And you can even do it naked, which can be freeing! Haha, just a suggestion, you do not need to follow it! I would also do simple basic exercises like jumping jacks, squats (you can look up how to do a squat properly too on YouTube… Make sure your weight is on your heels and your knees do not go past your foot so as not to strain your knees), and lunges (making sure the angle that you create with your upper and lower is bent at a 90% angle). If you want to invest a bit in your fitness routine, you can also buy at home workout videos. Look up Tracey Anderson, who is the celebrity trainer to the stars. She has some good beginner videos. I have seen her video being sold at Costco, too, which will save you money if you have one in your area, or similar big box stores like that. You can also find some beginner/intermediate yoga videos. Look for the words “Hatha Yoga” which is the foundation of Power yoga that can be more advanced. Hatha Yoga will be easy to follow but will give you enough oomph to sweat and get lean. Basic sit-ups are always good for your stomach muscles. You can put your feet under a coffee table and depending on your level, straighten your arms towards your bent knees, and do sit-ups. YouTube really is a perfect place to look for the right way to do an exercise. Here are some movements you should look up to get inspired: Sit-ups, crunches, dips, push ups, modified push ups, squats, lunges, side lunges, simple balance movements, jumping jacks, running in place, interval training etc… I would also look up “proper way to breathe during exercise” ‘coz that is important. If you want to invest a bit more in buying some small weights and a yoga mat, that would really help open up doors to more exercises too. Hope this helped!

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