With the holidays coming up and New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, you may be thinking about going to the gym more often (or at all) to get in shape or to at least feel less guilty about all of the pie you’ll be eating. However, with the pandemic still affecting the Kent, Ohio, area, many gyms are closed or have limited capacity. At Kent’s Best Apartments we have closed our common areas in order to protect the health and safety of our residents, including the fitness center.

So, with options for working out outside of your apartment limited, it requires us to get creative inside the apartment. The good news is that there are dozens of exercises that don’t require weights and are still incredibly effective at increasing your heart rate, building muscle strength, and flexibility.

Top At-Home Exercises That Don’t Require Equipment


Planks

This exercise is simply holding your body in a single position, but it’s working the entire body, including the arms, legs, glutes, and especially your core. Though the plank position is typically your forearms and toes on the ground with your body suspended, there are variations to the exercise as well. When done consistently, this is a great exercise for relieving back pain as over time your abs will grow stronger and can support your body, reducing the strain on your back. You may also experience improved posture!

Plank Variations

  • Straighten your arms and hold yourself in a push-up position.
  • Alternate extending each arm above your head.
  • Alternate raising each leg.
  • Bring alternating knees to either elbow.

Squats

Not many people look forward to doing a set of squats, but they are one of the most beneficial types of functional fitness exercises. Squats help build leg and glute muscles and the core and back are activated during the movement. When doing squats, it’s incredibly important to get the position right. When done incorrectly, squats can be hard on the knees or hamstrings.

Tips For Doing Squat Safely

  • Keep your feet a little wider than hip-width.
  • Push your hips back and bend at the knees and ankles.
  • Keep your chest up.
  • Engage your core.

Lunges

Another classic no equipment exercise, lunges are great for building and toning leg and glute muscles, as well as building flexibility in the hips. Lunges are typically done by stepping forward with one foot, but they can also be done by stepping backward or even to the side. When done correctly, the movement will work your glutes, calves, and hamstrings. If you want to make lunges more challenging, hold on to three- to five-pound dumbbells.

Tips For Doing Lunges

  • Keep your upper body straight and your chin up.
  • Keep your shoulders back and relaxed.
  • Don’t bend the knees more than 90 degrees.
  • The knees shouldn’t touch the floor.

Push-Ups

Lunges and squats target the legs, so if you need a good arm workout, then get in a few sets of push-ups. Similar to holding a plank position, push-ups activate the core, biceps, triceps, deltoids, and lower body.

How to Do Push-Ups Correctly

  • Keep the core and glutes engaged.
  • Keep your elbows close to the body.
  • Keep your body as flat as possible.
  • Look up slightly to reduce neck strain.

Jumping Jacks or Jump Rope

If you want to take a break from strength training exercises and want to get your heart rate up, try jumping jacks or using a jump rope. It’s a simple exercise that gets your body moving and is a great way to warm up muscles throughout the body. Be sure to push through each jump with your legs and arms to engage the muscles.

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If you attend Kent State University and are looking for off-campus housing, you can’t go wrong with one of our three locations: Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace. All three locations are within walking distance of campus and feature updated kitchens, spacious floor plans, and all of our apartments are pet-friendly! Schedule a tour with our friendly staff today. We offer online support whenever possible.