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Anti-Gym Workouts for the Home-Bodies

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at KU chapter.

We all know the gym can be a terrifying place, especially if you’re a newcomer. It feels like every time you walk to a machine, a thousand people are staring at you like you don’t belong (when in reality, they probably haven’t even noticed your existence). We’ve all been there. So, if you’re like me, you avoid the terrors of public gyms at all costs. But it’s still important to get a good workout at least once or twice a week, so here are some great alternatives that you can do from the comfort of your own home, away from the prying eyes of gym rats.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is probably my personal favorite way to work out. It can be a fun, relaxing way to let off some steam and stretch out your sore and tired muscles from your hard week of work and school. All you have to do is throw on some yoga pants (who would’ve thought they were actually good for their name), google some moves and you’re set. You can even throw some music on in the background if you like. Here’s a great video for beginners.

2. Zumba

We’ve all heard of this crazy new workout phenomenon by now, and let’s face it, it looks SO fun. And not only are you getting in a GREAT workout in the process, but you’re learning how to let loose and just have fun (not to mention picking up some pretty nifty dance moves along the way). Here is a link for beginners.

3. Insanity

Well, I have to say as a former user of this method, this workout most DEFINITELY lives up to its name. INSAAANE. But my goodness, is it worth it. You may be exhausted, sore and tired as a dog when you’re done, but I promise you will never feel more proud of yourself. You have to buy the DVD set, but here’s a link to an example workout from Insanity.

4. Pilates

Similar to yoga, pilates is a great way to relax and work out, just a bit more intense and focuses on different parts of your body. Unlike yoga, if you’re looking for something to really get your heart rate going and sweat dripping, pilates is more your style. Here’s another beginner’s video.

5. Jog/Run

(not that literally anyone looks this gorgeous when they’re running)

I know I said these would be stay-at-home exercises, but this one is so simple and really only involves your neighborhood or a nice empty trail. All you gotta do is plug yourself into some pump up music, pick a path, and go. Enjoy the great outdoors for a while. Plus, you can do this at any time of the day, like early morning or late night, to avoid people.

Jacey Bishop currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief/President of Her Campus KU. In the past, she has served as the Development Director and the Events Director for HCKU, as well as serving as a content contributor for the past three years. Jacey is currently in her final year of study at KU for her Bachelors of Social Work and English, as well as a minor in Communications. She is very active on the KU campus, participating in Student Senate, Multicultural Scholars Program, She's the First, and KU Student Ambassadors. You can contact Jacey at jaceybishop@hercampus.com.