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Stuck at Home? Here's How to Do a Quick Full-Body Circuit

No equipment — no problem! Get a quick full-body, heart-pounding workout in the comfort of your own home.

Winter can be a real pain in the butt when it comes to workouts. Sickness, bad weather and less sunlight make it easier to stay home rather than hit the gym. Well, that's okay! Just because you're inside doesn't mean you have to skip your workout entirely. Raise your heart rate, and feel great with this quick home routine.

Warm Up a Little

Don't start your workout cold. Get your blood pumping a bit before you get into the exercises. If you have stairs in your house, use them. Walk up and down the stairs for about three to five minutes to get the blood flowing. If you don't have stairs, you can walk around your house briskly, or march or jog in place. Get your arms pumping back and forth as well.

The Exercises

These are just a few to get you started. Obviously, there are so many equipment-free exercises you can choose from, and if you have any equipment in your house the list multiplies. You are also alternating body-weight resistance exercises with cardio-based exercises to really get the heart pumping.

  • Standard push-ups
  • High knee jog
  • Walking lunges
  • Jumping jacks
  • Triceps Dips
  • Mountain climbers
  • Squat with alternating front kicks
  • Butt kick jog
  • Plank
  • Burpees
How to Work It
You can do this workout timed or for sets and repetitions in a circuit format. For example, you can do 15-20 of each movement with no rest until you complete the last exercise. Rest a minute or two, then do it again up to three or four times total.
If you don't feel like counting, download a free interval app, or just use a stopwatch. You can do each exercise for 45 seconds with 15 seconds rest between each. Repeat it twice and you have a 20-minute workout. Adjust the time intervals so that it is challenging for you, but you can finish.
Walk It Off, Stretch It Out
After your done, don't just lie on the floor to catch your breath. Walk around your house, taking deep breaths in and out to cool down. Once you are breathing normally, take five to 10 minutes and stretch out those muscles. Your body will thank you.

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