4 Apartment Friendly Exercises for Strength and Heart Health

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workoutYou don't have to sacrifice your daily workouts simply because you live in a Charlotte, NC apartment community. There are many ways to exercise quietly. Sure, you could buy some exercise equipment, but often people find their investments in-home workout gear will spend more time in the closet than in use. Why not take a step back in time when calisthenics was the predominant workout routine in the US.

Today's calisthenic workouts are ditching the sit-ups, push-ups, and leg lifts for new routines that offer a total body workout and are quiet — making these the perfect strength-building and heart-healthy workouts within the quiet of your apartment home.

Work Your Heart With Quiet Burpees

Burpees will work out your chest, back, arms, abs, and glutes and legs — while also spike your heart rate. They are part of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine but can be easily done for a few minutes within your apartment. If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, burpees are a cardiovascular winner. 

The classic burpee is a four-point move from a standing position, dropping into a squat, then kick your feet back behind you into a raised plank position. At this point, you can perform a push-up or simply start over again.

Tighten Your Glutes With Lunges

A lunge uses the weight of your body to work out your hips, quads, glutes, and hamstrings. In the beginning, it can tough to keep your balance during a lunge, so holding on lightly to a table or chair is perfectly fine. 

Lunges are performed by standing tall and taking a big step forward with right leg while shifting your weight forward until you lightly tap the left knee to the ground — and repeat on alternate foot and kee.

Strengthen Your Core With Planks

Planks will not only increase the muscle strength of your abs, but your entire core section will be stronger. These isometric exercises use the power to hold a static position as a way to increase muscle strength. Check out these written and video instructions on 5 Best Plank Exercises for a Rock-Solid Core to get started with these gut-buster exercises.

Silent Air Squats for Upper Legs

Squats build powerful legs and are found as part of most Crossfit training programs. With air squats, your hips will descend lower than your knees. While squatting, your hips travel up and down while your natural lumbar curve is maintained. Try to keep your heels flat on the floor at all times during air squats.

Consider your in-home workouts amid the style and beauty of an Addison Park apartment in Charlotte, NC. Or swing by our 24-hour fitness center! Addison Park is your oyster! 

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