How to Workout at Home

Easy ways to workout at home from celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler.

By Kathryn M. Tyranski from Reader's Digest | January 2008

It doesn’t matter where you work out, as long as you do it. Here, celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler offers tips for turning your home into a gym. Try for three sets of ten unless otherwise noted.

     

  • 1.

    Water Weights

    Fill empty laundry detergent jugs with water to a weight you can handle, and cap. Do biceps curls, shoulder raises and other arm-slimming moves.

  • 2.

    Pull Up a Chair

    Sit on the edge of a sturdy kitchen chair with your hands on the edge of the seat. To strengthen triceps, move forward and lower yourself with your arms, bending at the elbows. Then stand in front of the chair and do squats (be sure not to sit completely) for hamstrings and quads.

  • 3.

    Ottoman Action

    To firm your buns, lie on the floor and place calves on an ottoman. Lift hips off the floor while squeezing glutes.

  • 4.

    Become a Stair Master

    Walk or run up and down stairs eight to ten times to increase your heart rate.

  • 5.

    Make a Deal

    Take 15 playing cards and place them in front of you in a pile. To strengthen legs, lunge toward each card, right foot in front, to pick up cards. Repeat with left leg. Then tone your abs: Lie down with knees bent, cards in hands. Sit up, contracting abs until you can reach forward and place one card on the floor. Repeat with all cards.

  • 6.

    Have a Ball

    Sit up, feet on the floor, knees bent at a 45-degree angle, and lean back slightly. Hold a soccer ball in front of you and move it from side to side, rotating your torso, to target your obliques. Next, lie down, knees bent. Place the ball between your knees and squeeze, to work your inner thighs.

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