Top 10 Fun (and Weird) Fat-Burning Exercises You Can do at Home!

fun exercise for womenMost days, I love working out... and know that no matter HOW tired I might be when that morning alarm goes off, that my gym workout will help get me energized and pumped up to start my day.

But some days, when that morning alarm goes off, the last thing in the world I feel like doing is exchanging a comfy sleep tee for spandex workout clothes, and driving to the gym to lift heavy things. I’d rather stay in my pajamas! (Well, actually I’d rather stay in BED in my pajamas...)

Instead of crawling back to bed, how about trying this super fun (seriously) workout that you can do in your living room... no gym equipment (or workout clothes) necessary?!  It’s something I invented for those “rainy” (lazy) days, when you find yourself in a workout slump... and I PROMISE you’ll have so much fun with this workout routine, that you won’t even notice the 500 calories you just scorched...

What you need:

  • Good music!
  • An old magazine
  • A Frisbee
  • Basketball (or some other firm ball)
  • Your bed or couch

 The Workout:

  1. Warm-up:
  • Turn on your party playlist (if you have a roommate, use headphones maybe?)
  • Relax, be free, and start dancing like nobody’s watching you! Seriously, even if you suck at dancing, who cares?  Just LET GO and move your body to the beat – it’s a ton of fun, burns a ton of calories (500+ per hour), and is one of the most happy, freeing, and uplifting things you can do!
  • Dance for 10-12 minutes (or about 3 – 4 of your favorite songs)
  • Upload your dance to YouTube for everyone to see (just kidding!)

After you warm-up, go through the following circuit 2 times (1 time through if you’re short on time, and 3 times through if you’re REALLY having a blast), with about 30 seconds rest between each exercise.

  1. Thigh Blasters: This one tones that hard-to-target inner thigh region!
  • Rip the front and back covers off an old magazine
  • Kneel on the floor and put one magazine cover under each knee
  • Maintaining an upright position, push your knees outwards as far as you can (about 1 - 1.5 feet apart), pause for a few seconds, and then use your inner thigh muscles (adductors) to bring your legs back together (Hey, be careful on the first rep!  These are much harder than they look, and there’s nothing fun about pulling a groin muscle)
  • Do 15-20 reps
  1. Sliding Reverse Lunges: This exercise tones your butt and quads!
  • Stand up, and put your right toes on a Magazine cover
  • Slide your right foot back into a lunge position, pause for 2 seconds, and then slide back to the start position.
  • Do 10 reps on each leg
  1. Magazine Abs: This one will tone your core, especially that lower-belly area that gives us women trouble!
  • Start in a “woman’s pushup” position, with knees planted firmly, and each hand resting on a magazine cover.
  • Using the magazine covers the same way you’d use an ‘ab wheel’, slide your hands forward to lower your body towards the ground.  Only go as far as you can while still being able to slide back up to the starting position.
  • Do 10 – 15 reps
  1. Running Man: To tone your core, arms, back, and legs (ok, everything will hurt after this one)
  • Start in a pushup position, with both feet/toes on one magazine cover.
  • Keeping your upper body strong and without letting your butt “pop” up into the air, use your abs to slide your right foot up towards your right hand, tucking your right leg to do so.  Then slide your leg back to the starting pushup position. Repeat with the left leg, and then do both legs together.  This is one rep.
  • Do 10 reps
  1. Inch-worms: This exercise is a challenging total-body workout, and it’s surprisingly fun!
  • Start in a pushup position with your feet on a Frisbee (with the smooth side facing down, so it slides easily)
  • Keep your hands planted firmly in place, and slide your feet up towards your hands, keeping your legs as straight as possible and popping your butt up into the air. 
  • Then, keep your feet/Frisbee planted firmly in place, and ‘walk’ your hands out in front of you to return to the starting position.  This exercise will move you forward, like an “inchworm”!
  • Then, you will reverse the movement. From your push-up position, simply walk your hands back towards your feet, and then slide your feet backwards to finish in a pushup position again. Inching forwards and then backwards is equal to one rep.
  • Do 8-10 reps
  1. Army crawls: A less dirty take on the traditional army “crawl” through mud and under barbed wire.  However, it’s no less intense when it comes to burning fat!
  • Start like you would for Inch-worms, in a push up position with both feet on a Frisbee. Since this exercise will move you forward across the floor, you should start on one end of the room, and clear yourself a path to the other side of the room. 
  • Keeping your core tight, “walk” your hands forward, dragging your feet/ sliding the Frisbee behind you.
  • One rep is 10 “steps” forward on your hands, or about the length of a small room.
  • Do 5 reps
  1. Basketball pushups: These pushups will tone and burn your chest, arms, back, and core about 50% more than a regular pushup!
  • Start in a pushup position with both hands on the basketball.  You can do pushups with your knees on the ground if you aren’t able to do regular pushups yet.
  • With your hands on the basketball, lower your chest to the basketball to do a pushup
  • Do 10-15 reps
  • (Sorry no video of this one, because I couldn't find a basketball! :) Pretty easy to figure out though)
  1. Fire hydrants: Yes, these look ridiculous.  But do you want to tone your butt, or not??
  • Start on your hands and knees, with your hands planted directly below your shoulders.
  • Lift one leg out to the side, raising it up as high as you can. This leg should stay bent at 90 degrees. Pause for 2 seconds at the highest point (you should look like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant) and then lower your leg to the starting position. 
  • Repeat 15 – 20 times, and then switch to repeat on the other leg.
  • FEEL THE BURN?!!! (if not, you must have buns of steel...)
  1. Squishy squats: This one lets you workout on your bed! (or couch)
  • Start standing up on the end of your bed or couch
  • Slowly squat down, sitting backwards as far as you can in a controlled motion until you MUST fall down on your butt! (Eventually, you may be able to do this without falling!)
  • Feel free to bounce a bit on your butt after you fall (you have my permission)
  • Then, try to avoid using your hands to help you stand up again!
  • Do 10 reps
  1. Bouncing push-ups: These will tone your arms with the added bonus of giving your hamstrings and butt a good workout! (Plus, they’re just plain FUN!)
  • Kneel on your bed or couch
  • Let your upper body “fall” forward, and catch yourself with your hands, lowering into a pushup
  • At the bottom of the pushup, “bouce” off the bed/couch and use the momentum and your arm muscles to push yourself back up to the starting position as hard as you can! 
  • Do 12 reps

OK... so there you have it -- the fun, odd, but shockingly effective workout you can do at home in your pajamas! For more awesome workouts, try the Quickstart 2-Week Program, or go for the Complete 14-Week Program if you're really ready for a challenge! 

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