There are days, especially in the winter, when you just don’t feel like driving to your New Orleans gym. And really, there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you still do some exercises while you are at home. You might think about how great it would be if you could afford that fancy equipment they use at your gym. But the reality is you don’t need expensive equipment in your home to get a good workout.

Walking

If the weather is cooperative, there is nothing better than heading outdoors for an inspiring walk. It’s wonderful to get outside and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

If the weather does not want to cooperate, then get your walking done at home. If you don’t have a treadmill, take to the stairs and go up and down them for a few sets. You could even grab your laundry and haul it up and down the stairs with you, making your workout even better.

Walking up and down stairs helps tone up your legs and gives you the equivalent of a low-impact aerobic workout. If you think this might not be terribly exciting, pop on your headphones or earbuds and crank out some gnarly tunes.

Jumping Jacks

Remember how much fun you had doing jumping jacks as a kid? Good news for you, they are not only fun but a great cardio exercise as well. They are also a great way to warm up before doing other workouts.

Leg Lifts

Leg lifts are a great way to build up muscles and strength in your legs. Doing leg lifts with your legs straight out is rather difficult, you might want to start off with your legs slightly bent.

driving-side-page-content-image-12-26-16Pushups

Not many people will say this is their favorite exercise, but there are easier ways you can do them. You don’t have to go “Rocky Balboa” and do pushups with one hand, you can start off by doing them while on your knees. You can even do them standing up against a wall. Either way, pushups build arm strength and work the muscles in your chest.

Squats

Doing squats will give you the toned legs and butt you always wanted. If you find squats to be a little too difficult, start off by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair.

Weight Lifting

Who says you need an expensive set of weights for lifting? You can use any number of items from your home for weight lifting exercises. You will want to start off with something relatively light, like a full water bottle, then work your way up to filled gallon containers or laundry detergent bottles.

Dancing

Dancing is a wonderful exercise that does as much for your spirit as it does for your body. Lift your spirits and give your body a workout by busting out a few moves.

You see, you don’t need a bunch of expensive, space-filling equipment to get a good workout at home.