How to Get Fit at Home Without Equipment

home fitness how-tos Dec 21, 2020

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How to get fit at home without equipment is a question many of us might have asked ourselves over the last few months. With limited or zero access to gyms, it has become more important than ever to find ways that we can get fit and stay active from home. 

There are also many other reasons that you might want to workout from home. From the convenience of not having to worry about childcare to adherence to stay-at-home orders, many of us have had to get really creative with our workouts. 

This is exactly what I did when I first moved to Paramaribo, Suriname in 2015 for a year-long government contract for a few particular reasons: 

  • For one, I was living in a brand new country and trying to learn the ropes for a brand new career. 
  • Secondly, I barely knew where the grocery stores were, so I certainly had no clue where the gyms might be. 
  • Lastly, I was embarrassed about the fact that I was overweight and really didn't feel comfortable going to a gym yet. 

Can you relate?!

If so, you can probably understand why getting fit from the comfort of my own home is not only convenient but a stress-reliever.

Being able to workout from home really gave me a safe space to reestablish a workout routine until I built up the confidence to step foot into a gym again.

If stepping foot into a gym is something you fear or it's not even an option right now, there are so many ways that you can get fit at home even with limited to no gym equipment. That's why in this post, I'm sharing with you five simple ways to get fit at home without equipment! 

5 Simple Ways to Get Fit at Home Without Equipment

1. Bodyweight Strength Training

Bodyweight strength workouts are one of my favorite ways to build strength when you have limited to no access to the gym. What I really love about bodyweight strength workouts is that it gives you the opportunity to work different muscle groups that you might not otherwise focus on.

Most importantly, when you focus on building the foundations of bodyweight strength, you will be surprised how much this will improve your strength when you do add weights. 

If you're just getting started with bodyweight strength workouts, some of my favorite places to find workouts are: 

2. Fitness and Exercise Apps

There are so many amazing fitness and exercise apps that you can use whether you're brand new to exercise or a seasoned pro. The great thing about the variety of apps that are now available is that you can tailor them to your fitness level and goals. 

Don't be concerned that you won't be as motivated by an app. When you find the right one for you, you'll be amazed at how committed you can be to not only maintaining a workout routine, but there are some apps where you can compete with friends and even strangers.  

While there are so many fitness and exercise apps to choose from some of my favorites that are both free and low-cost are: 

3. Cardio Kickboxing 

Cardio kickboxing is a fun and challenging workout that combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. Even if you're a person who doesn't have a lot of stamina or doesn't find themselves very flexible, this is still a workout that you can enjoy. 

The great thing about doing cardio kickboxing is that it helps with your coordination. If the idea of balancing on one foot or throwing a punch frightens you, cardio kickboxing can really help you build confidence and muscle. 

For those like myself, who definitely need a little bit of guidance, here are a few great places to check out for workouts:  

4. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High-Intensity Interval Training better known as HIIT is one of the best ways to make the most out of your home workouts, especially when your time is limited. HIIT is the perfect mix of cardio and strength training that allows you not only to get a super quick, but effective full-body workout. 

What I love about HIIT is that it's an adrenaline rush that will help you build strength and endurance while improving your overall performance. Plus, it's fun which is essential for motivating you to actually do it! 

If you're looking for a HIIT workout to try for your next workout, a few places I recommend are: 

5. Outdoor Running 

Running has immense health benefits from strengthening your muscles to improving your cardiovascular fitness. Knowing that many people have a love/hate relationship with cardio, I left this one for last!

Don't dismiss the power of a jog through the neighborhood or a run out in nature. With many of us spending a lot more time at home than we might want to, hitting the pavement or a trail might actually be the very thing that you need to reenergize your body.  

If you're just getting started with running or reestablishing the habits here are a few options that you can try: 

There you have it! Five simple ways that you can get fit at home without equipment. 

Although I personally love my gym equipment, when you're first getting started with building a workout routine you don't need any of that. A plan to keep you on track and commitment to stay the course is all you need! 

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