Fitness + Well-being

No More Excuses: 5 Workout Routines to Do in Your Living Room


From fitness streaming services to printable workout PDFs, as well as apps that offer thousands of exercises at your disposal, you’re officially out of excuses to avoid working out. Bad weather or a small budget just won’t cut it.

If you’re the kind of girl who finds it near-impossible to haul herself to the gym after work, or who gets turned off exercise as soon as the temperature drops, here’s the solution: Five at-home workouts to suit every budget and every lifestyle.

Here, we spotlight some of the best exercise e-books, printable workout guides, fitness apps and videos designed to get you in shape. Keep scrolling to see which one’s right for you:

#1. Kayla Itsines’ 12 Week Bikini Body Guide ($69.99)

Kayla Itsines is nothing short of an Instagram sensation. The 23-year-old personal trainer has grown a following of 2.4 million dedicated fans thanks to her "12-Week Bikini Guide" e-book that promises to completely transform your body in three months via a circuit-style exercise plan done for only 28 minutes three times a week. During every 28-minute workout, you follow two routines for seven minutes each, and then repeat. As the weeks progress, your workouts get tougher.

#2. The Butt Bible ($26.99)

An ebook inspired by the best-selling DVD, this guide is all about sculpting a shapely butt. You will need some basic equipment, like a bench and free weights, to follow the routine.

#3. Flat Stomach Belly Fat Blaster at Home

Fact: Crop tops aren’t disappearing next summer, so crunches and sit-ups are about to be your new BFFs. This workout focuses on developing core strength, endurance and stability while helping you burn excess fat for a more defined mid-section. Aside from helping you on the path to Victoria’s Secret abs, a strong core is great for your posture and can help alleviate back pain, too.

#4. Tabata ($119.85)

Tabata can help you burn more fat and make you look much leaner than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout, making jogging on the treadmill seem a lot less impactful.

This trendy method is a type of high intensity interval training (HIIT), another buzzy phrase you’ve probably seen making the rounds on fitness blogs lately — and when it comes to HIIT workouts, Tabata is the one with the most scientific research backing it. In the ’90s, a Japanese professor led a study showing that exactly four minutes of intense interval training was just as effective as hours of lighter workouts, and the “Tabata Protocol” was born.

#5. 7-Minute Enhanced Scientific at Home Workout for Men and Women

Only have a few minutes to spare? Pull up — or print out — this free 7-minute workout. It’s easy and effective — and you can literally do it in front of the TV.