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Easy Home Workouts to Avoid the New-Year’s Gym Rush

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Although we’re still in the middle of winter, it doesn’t mean that your health and fitness routine should be taking a backseat to holiday treats. Well, yes, definitely still do that! But, moderation is key, my friends. Technically speaking, you should really be hitting up the gym all-year-around, no questions asked! Problem is, life happens — things get in the way! There’s no denying, let alone changing that. So really, what can you do? If you’re anything like us, you’re busy, and a couple weeks or months can go by without doing something physical, and it’s hard to get back on track. Well, turns out, you don’t need a gym to stay fit — in fact, exercising from home can be equally as effective! We had actress Indy Yelich-O’Connor show us how to do exactly that.

As Indy shows you, there’s no need to use all that heavy equipment in the gym to get the body you desire. So, instead of using an exercise ball for sit-ups, go ahead and pull over that ottoman you’ve got and use it instead. No brainer, right? In addition to the flexibility and muscle-toning moves that Yelich-O’Connor shows here, you can mix it up by adding some free weights and resistance bands to make sure you’re really feeling as if you’re getting the same workout as in the gym.

So, what’s it take to stay in shape without the gym? Nothing more than some determination, a few household items that you can use, and maybe a yoga mat or towel beneath you in order to protect carpet from getting a little too sweaty. The best part? This doesn’t not only can be used at home, and when you travel!

This article originally appeared on our sister site, FHM.

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