Fitness Friday: Working Out When You Can’t Make It To The Gym

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/31/2014 | 11:00 AM EST

Let’s face it, sometimes getting to the gym is a challenge. But it doesn’t mean you still can’t get your workout on

Making it to the gym everyday can be challenging, even impossible. Even the most dedicated gym-goers may find it hard to be consistent. But just because you happen not to make it out because you had to prepare dinner or because you left work later than usual, it doesn’t mean you have to kiss your plans of getting a good workout goodbye - you can do it right in the comfort of your own home.

On an episode of Being Mary Jane, Gabrielle Union’s character can be humorously seen doing butt lifts and squats with her hair pinned up while getting ready for work. Though the scene spoke more to Mary Jane’s obsession with looking desirable to men, it’s a great example of how dedicated one could be to staying fit.

If you’re the type to make excuses to not go to the gym, or you simply find you don’t always have the time, check out these great workout tips you can do conveniently in your own living room.

Digital Workout Class

Thanks to technology you don’t have to go any further than your television screen to get a good workout in with a trainer. Between a variety of workout DVDs and Netflix, you have many classes to choose from. Whether you’re looking for hip-hop abs from trainer and choreographer Shaun T or a donkey booty from reality star Phaedra Parks, there something for everyone. But don’t just simply watch it, commit to really engaging the workouts. Because there’s no real trainer in front of you to push you, it’s important to be dedicated to what you’re doing.

Invest In Loose Weights

You don’t need an elliptical machine in order to tone up or build your muscles. The best weights are actually loose weights, so head over to the nearest sports store (or Target) and invest in some. When you’re not using them you can very easily hide them under your bed or in the closet so they won’t clutter up your space.

In-Door Yoga

Stretching is essential to the body, and if you’re a yoga enthusiast you don’t need an instructor and crowded class to get your stretch on. Keep it indoors with your very own yoga mat. Because all you need is your body to participate, where you do it doesn’t really matter. So turn on some relaxing nature sounds and get in the zen spirit. Once you close your eyes and breathe, you’ll forget you’re even home.

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