Though many of us like the idea of getting in shape and achieving fat loss through exercise, it’s often difficult to summon the motivation to go to the gym. Between the membership fees and the gas to get there, working out can get expensive. Plus, the trips can be time-consuming, and if the gym is crowded, the experience can be stressful as well.

The good news is that there is an alternative: home exercises. Let’s look at the best ways to achieve physical fitness without the need for a gym membership.

(Note that we advise working with a medical weight loss clinic to protect your physical health and ensure optimal results. If you go it alone, try just one or two reps of each exercise, and gradually increase the quantity.)

Exercises to accomplish weight loss without leaving the house

  1. Bird dog – Get on your hands and knees, with your hands straight beneath your shoulders and your knees straight beneath your hips. Carefully stretch one of your legs out behind you, and stretch the same-side arm out in front. Both should be parallel to the floor. Repeat with the other side.
  2. Bridge – Lie flat, with your back against the floor and arms at each side. With your feet remaining on the ground, bend your knees and lift your hips, forming a straight diagonal line from your knees to your shoulders. Maintain the position for three seconds. Be mindful not to strain your neck.
  3. Plank crawl – This exercise is a popular choice for fat loss. However, it is strenuous, so don’t overdo it, and place your knees on the ground as needed. Get your body in line to do push-ups, with your arms extended straight to the floor. Bring one arm down so that the forearm rests on the ground, followed by the other. Raise each arm back up to the push-up stance, one at a time.
  4. Side plank hip drops – Hip drops are another great way to achieve weight loss from the comfort of your home. Get onto your side, but propping yourself up with your forearm while keeping your elbow straight beneath your shoulder. Your feet should remain on the ground. Push off with the forearm until the arm is fully extended. Maintain for three seconds.

Home exercises can be a fantastic way to lose weight and get healthy so that you can look and feel your best. At the Atlanta Medical Clinic, though, we find that fitness is best achieved through professional guidance and a multifaceted approach: medical, nutritional, and physical. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your options