Push-ups are a simple and effective means of working the muscles of the arms. Check out this great list of variations to work different muscles.


If you have sturdy kitchen chairs, you can use two as bases for doing dips to really blast the triceps.

Planks and bridges are an excellent overall body workout. Sit-ups are a good way to target the abs, and there are a number of types of crunches that will benefit the midsection.

Getting out for a run in your neighborhood, or even a walk around the block, can provide sunlight essential to boosting your body’s production of sleep-improving vitamin D. 


The weather is not always conducive to this, however, and if you don’t have an exercise bike or treadmill at home, squeezing in sufficient aerobic activity can be a challenge.


If you have a jump-rope, that’s one of the best calorie-burning workouts you can do. If not, jumping jacks will also do the trick. 


Alternatively, SELF Magazine’s YouTube channel features some excellent high-energy 20- and 30-minute workouts that will really get your heart pumping. Those looking for a lower-impact beginner lever can opt for Body Project’s channel instead.


And if you’re a gamer who’s entered the realm of VR, you can make your workout a lot more exciting by adding virtual swords and firearms to your routine with a product like VIRO MOVE. (We’ve come a long way since the days of Wii Fit.)

Stretching is an element lacking in many workout regimens, and that’s a shame. Among other benefits, it oxygenates the muscles and helps the body release toxins, prevents back pain, improves posture and relaxes the mind, all of which contribute to a good night’s sleep. 


While simple stretches are good, yoga is even better. There are a lot of great instructional videos on YouTube, so all you’ll need is a streaming device, some space and a yoga mat (if you don’t have a mat, try these alternatives.


The YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene has a vast array of sessions, but if you’re doing yoga close to bedtime, you’ll want to avoid energizing styles such as vinyasa and hot yoga; instead, try relaxing variants like hatha.


If you find yoga moves difficult or your flexibility is limited, try the ancient Chinese stress-busting, low-impact practice of tai chi. In addition to increasing the body’s flow of energy, it’s also great for improving muscle strength and balance. Check out the Taiflow YouTube channel for some excellent 5-minute workouts for beginners.

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