8 Apartment-Friendly Cardio Moves

Today, many people find it more challenging than ever to maintain a healthy weight and body shape. Routine exercise is critical to keep in shape and lead a balanced life. Whether you are preparing for or healing from a surgical procedure, Dr. David Dreyfuss has committed to helping you attain your cosmetic goals, safely and effectively. Here are some workout tips his team has assembled to help you exercise in confined spaces at home.

1. Squats

Ask any personal trainer, and they’ll tell you squats are an effective workout. They’re excellent for strengthening the hamstrings and quadriceps muscles and toning up the core and buttocks. If you have dumbbells, you can make squats more advanced, but even without the added weight, you’ll see a difference.

2. Mountain Climbers

This challenging indoor cardio exercise is ideal for those who are starting an at-home workout regimen. It is an excellent workout for the core and legs. Start in a high plank position, then run one knee toward your elbow, then back — alternate motion between your legs at a vigorous pace.

3. Burpees

Some call these “ups-and-downs.” They’re a useful exercise for elevating your heart rate and building muscle. Start in a standing position with your legs shoulder-width apart. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat. Put your hands flat on the floor, then jump your feet back to softly land on the balls of your feet in a plank position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels. Jump your feet back up to your hands, then explosively jump into the air with your arms over your head.

4. High-Lows

This simple, but effective, exercise is also a great stretch. Touch the air in a standing position with your feet at shoulder width, then bend down and touch your toes. Repeat.

5. Shadow Boxing

If you have a full-length mirror, box yourself. If you don’t, box a wall or air. Believe it or not, this is a tough workout that requires no equipment or gloves. Be sure to move your feet and hips, and quickly throw short jabs and crosses. If you have a sparring partner, be careful.

6. Stair Climb

If you live in an apartment complex, going up and down the steps is a great workout that you can manage in intensity, like jogging or walking. Walking briskly up and downstairs will elevate your heart rate immediately.

7. Push-Ups

The best bodyweight workout in history is the pushup. There’s a reason the military has used this exercise for centuries. It works out almost every body part and is simple to do, especially in cramped spaces.

8. Planks

Like the pushup, planks naturally lend themselves to small spaces. They are practical body toning exercises for the core, chest, and upper arms — perfect for maintaining tummy tuck and liposuction results. Get into a push-up position, then rest your upper body on your forearms and elbow instead of your hands while keeping your back straight. Strive to hold that position for a specific timeframe, like 30 seconds or a minute. Repeat for sets.

When Is Working out Safe After Plastic Surgery?

Recovery after plastic surgery varies from patient to patient, procedure to procedure. Most individuals are ready to resume exercise four to six weeks after their operation, but Dr. Dreyfuss will inform you when it’s OK. To learn more, contact us today to schedule your consultation.