What Are The Top Home Exercises?

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Lots of people are working from home so therefore they are working out at home. But what are the top home exercises to focus on? It’s first important to understand the 5 basic movements. These movements can be done with free weights, in a home gym environment, group class or even online class. The 5 basic movements consist of push, pull, squat, plank, and hip-hinge.

In addition some people like variety and may use an exercise bike or treadmill. There are also exercise resistance bands that allow muscles to work concentrically and eccentrically. Another favorite is the Bosu half-circle stability balls which helps with core muscles and spine health.

Each one of those exercises will fall into these 4 categories: Aerobic, Flexibility, Strength, Balance. With so many options available it should be easy to find an exercise you enjoy and get exercise on a daily basis. Here are some top home exercises that you can do.

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Top 4 Home Exercises

Aerobic Exercise

Some examples of aerobic exercise are walking, swimming, jogging, cycling or dancing. Aerobic exercise is important to give your heart and lungs a workout. It also increases endurance. It’s recommended to get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.

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Maintain your flexibility by stretching your muscles. Stretching helps increase range of motion and reduces risk for injury. An example of a stretching exercise is laying down and pulling your leg across your body. Marching in place and doing arm circles are also good examples. Never push a stretch as it can tighten the muscle and cause problems. It’s recommended to do this exercise everyday.

Strength Training

As we age we loose muscle mass so it’s important to do an adequate amount of strength exercises. Some examples include squats, pushups, lunges and resistance from a weight like dumbbells, a band or a weight machine. Strength exercises stimulate bone growth, lower blood sugar, improves balance and reduces lower back and joint pain. It’s recommended to do these types of exercises 2-3 times per week.


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Balance Training

Balance exercises improve stability on your feet and help prevent falls. Usually balance training involves slow movements not high impact. Some examples of this are basically standing on one foot for a length of time, squats and leg lifts. Another example is yoga, tai chi or the stability ball. Try to do these everyday.

What Are The Top Home Exercises?

Home exercises are fantastic for staying fit and healthy without needing to go to a gym. Here are some top home exercises that target different muscle groups:

  1. Bodyweight Squats: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, squat down as if sitting into a chair, keeping your chest up and knees behind toes. Aim for 3 sets of 10-15 reps.
  2. Push-Ups: Start in a plank position with hands shoulder-width apart, lower your body until your chest almost touches the ground, then push back up. Aim for 3 sets of 8-12 reps.
  3. Lunges: Step forward with one leg and lower your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, then return to standing position. Alternate legs for each lunge. Aim for 3 sets of 10-12 reps per leg.
  4. Plank: Hold a push-up position with your body forming a straight line from head to heels, engaging your core muscles. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute, gradually increasing duration as you get stronger.
  5. Burpees: Begin in a standing position, then drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. Kick your feet back, perform a push-up, then immediately return your feet to the squat position and jump up explosively. Aim for 3 sets of 8-10 reps.
  6. Glute Bridges: Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor, lift your hips towards the ceiling while squeezing your glutes, then lower back down. Aim for 3 sets of 12-15 reps.
  7. Russian Twists: Sit on the floor with knees bent and feet lifted, lean back slightly and clasp your hands together. Twist your torso to the right, then to the left, while keeping your core engaged. Aim for 3 sets of 12-15 twists per side.
  8. Jumping Jacks: Stand with feet together, then jump while spreading your legs and raising your arms overhead. Jump again to return to the starting position. Aim for 3 sets of 30-60 seconds.

Remember to warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. And if you’re new to exercise or have any health concerns, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new fitness routine.

If you are new to exercise then you may want to start with balance training. Always start slow and work your way to a faster high impact exercise when your body is ready. Remember exercise is key to good health and can reduce your risk of disease. Exercise also helps with positive mental health. There are many videos and exercise tutorials available online to help you get started. Working from home can be a new experience for many people but also a positive experience.  Exercise combined with healthy eating will help you be at your best for longevity in life.


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  1. Hi

    I really like the first line of your article as it hit the message home. If you work from home  there is a temptation  to snack more and not to move your body, but this is not good for your overall health.i am glad you have come up with exercises that can help me to keep fit and to be more productive  as well. A health  body  promotes a healthy mind.



  2. It is so true that most of us are working from home or advice to stay home during the pandemic, we should not forget to exercise.

    I like to do marching in place and arm circles in the morning to stretch my muscles. I do lots of squatting too.

    Thank you for sharing the information and reminding us to exercise.

  3. I gained weight during the quarantine, and since I canceled my gym membership, I think the best option would be to work out at home.

    For aerobic exercise, I was thinking of jogging, jumping the rope, or cycling. However, for strength training, I don’t have any equipment at home. What do you recommend in this case? I’m not a fan of pushups. Any ideas?

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. @Enrique thanks for stopping by my website.  Some examples of strength training that you can do without equipment would be squats or lunges.  Good luck with your exercise routine.

  4. Isn’t this really cool to see here and very interesting to read about. To be honest, I really appreciate what you have shared here. Getting fit and having the right time for it couldn’t have been better tha now and I really appreciate all you have shared here. Truly, they worthy and really worthwhile. Thumbs up to you for sharing this post here. 

  5. Hello there, This is an amazing article that you have got here. I love to exercises as it keeps me fit and helps to maintain my health. Aerobic exercise seem to be my kind of thing. I do morning walk everyday and sure love the routine. However, your strength training tip opened me up to a new set of exercise I would live to include to my routine.

  6. Hello dear, thanks for sharing such amazing concise information with us all, these post has really been useful to me, I was actually doing some research online when I saw your post, I already saved these page so as to come back for future reference, thanks alot for the info, I’ll surely do some recommendations

  7. Hello Alyse, working out us really good for the body and the more you take it as important the better as we all see the affects of it on our body. Lately I have been really obsessed with building muscles while there are some others that need to be given proper attention of which you have mentioned one of my interest which is balance training. Although I don’t have some of the equipment at home, but I can make do of the few available.

    1. @Justin  I agree working out is good for the body.  I hope you find this info “what are the top home exercises” helpful.  

  8. One of my top priorities since the beginning of the lockdown is to stay in shape and I have Ben really doing well at it but the problem with me is that I need a little push because it gets tiring sometimes. I find that coming online to read great tips like this one really helps me to do my exercises. I think it will be fascinating to be able to join in this home exercises and keep myself in shape. Great stuff.

  9. Really great advise here Alyse, whilst we’re all at home more it is so easy to slip into bad habits and be less active when in actual fact there is so much we can do at home to keep fit and healthy.

    I personally really like yoga, like you said its good for balance and strength.

    I think I’ll try your daily stretches too.

    Great article as always!

  10. Thank you for sharing, I used to do some jogging in the past but exchanged it for yoga now. Yoga also has a lot of balance exercises and stretching. So at least it combines a bit.

  11. I do agree with you Alyse.
    Working from home gave me the push to start working out from home. I have found this useful especially when the weather is bad and I cannot go for a walk. I try to focus on stretches in the morning and balance in the evening.

  12. Excellent information on working out at home. Since the pandemic I have not been diligent in exercising at home.
    Thank you for this invaluable exercising program. For me strength and endurance and balance are very important.

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