Home Workout Routines for Busy Women

By Renee Gerber , last updated July 7, 2011

Women who are very busy but want to get fit can benefit from great home workout routines. A workout routine is an important part of your life, as it exercises both your body and mind. Finding the right exercise regimen is actually easier than you might think.

One of the best ways to get a good workout routine going, and one of the first things you should do in order to do so, is to get some exercise equipment. You don't necessarily have to have a full home gym, but at the very least, you should have several sets of dumbbells, a barbell with removable weights, a workout ball, jump rope, and stretch resistant bands. These are all the most basic pieces of exercise equipment and will help you to find a great workout routine you can use on a weekly basis. A lot of people have the misconception that in order to gain a truly good workout, they have to have a treadmill, exercise bike and other heavy equipment.

A particularly easy workout you can do at home, and on a daily basis if you like, is to jump rope. Go outside if the weather is nice, or down to your basement or a room that has adequate empty space and simply jump rope to your heart's desire. This is a great aerobic workout that gets your heart rate up and strengthens your cardiovascular system in general. Your chest, arms and legs will get a good workout as well. You can vary your jump rope exercises by alternating in jumping with both feet at the same time and skip jumping, which is somewhat similar to jogging. Any way you do it, you will be toning up your body, building up a good sweat and burning body fat.

In general, when you don't have workout machines at your disposal, and even when you have no basic exercise equipment, you can still have a great workout. All you really need is a good amount of floor space. Your own body's resistance will offer you the best and most natural workout you can possibly get. You can do plenty of aerobic stretching exercises that involve balance. Situps and pushups are just two of a wide variety of exercises you can perform in this manner. You can mix it up and lean your entire body weight on one arm on your side or on both on your back and raise your body up. This creates a good deal of resistance that works out very specific parts of your body. You should aim to perform two to three sets of 10 reps of each such exercise you do. Aside from pushups and situps, other good resistance exercises are side bridges, glute workouts (where you raise your hips up from the floor while laying on your back), and plenty of others. You will find definite results over time when you regularly perform these workouts!

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