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When people think about working out to lose weight, they often assume that to mean strenuous cardio and resistance training at the gym. But what if you are not ready to commit to a gym membership or simply can’t afford one?

Fortunately, there are still ways to lose weight and build muscle in the comfort of your own home. If performed correctly and consistently, home workouts can be every bit as effective as a gym workout.

Each of the recommended routines focuses on strength training. The rationale for this is simple: building muscle through strength training helps to boost your metabolism and burn fat. While you will want to eventually incorporate cardio into your workout, start by getting the basics correct. By seeing and feeling the results early on, you will be more likely to keep with the program over the long term.

Beginner’s Home Workout

In this beginner’s workout plan, you will focus on the large muscles that provide you stability and core strength. You won’t need any special equipment. You can do the exercises together in one workout session or split them up throughout the day.

Aim to perform two to three sets involving 10 to 12 repetitions (reps) of each exercise. If you can only do four or six to start, that’s okay. The aim is to perform an exercise so that you are slightly shaky by the final rep. Every week thereafter, aim to increase the reps until you are finally able to do three sets of 12.

Here are the four exercises to launch your home workout program:

Intermediate Home Workout

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