8 ways to exercise at home for convenient, cheap and effective workouts

Start your workout routine with some simple stretches, or use them to unwind before bed. A quick routine of quad, hip flexor, seated hamstring, and shoulder stretches can keep muscles flexible, improve posture, and increase blood flow.

Simple Stretches

Yoga classes are abundant online, ranging from dynamic sessions to relaxing yin classes. Try an energizing flow in the morning or a calming routine before bed. A good yoga mat is essential, and a block and bolster can be helpful, but optional.


Pilates, similar to yoga, stretches muscles and builds strength. It's a low-impact exercise, making it gentle yet effective. Depending on your time, opt for a 15-minute, 30-minute, or hour-long workout.


High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) involves intense exercise followed by short recovery breaks. Exercises like burpees, mountain climbers, running in place, squats, and pushups with 30-second intervals can be done at home with minimal equipment.

HIIT Training

Aerobics boost cardiovascular health and usually require no equipment. Online routines make it easy to get started. Consider investing in an inflatable ball for sit-ups.


Zumba combines cardio with Latin-inspired dance moves. Find a class online, invite a friend, and enjoy improving your dance moves and fitness.


Create a circuit workout by mixing different exercises in various parts of your home. For example, do squats in the bedroom, run up and down stairs, and do bicep curls in the kitchen.

Circuit Workouts

Practice salsa dancing at home to prepare for your next night out. Learn the footwork solo, or make it an at-home date night with your partner.

Salsa Classes