If you’ve been living in a co-living space in Singapore, can you create your own fitness routine within your room rental? Yes, you can. If you find it’s too much of a hassle to hit the gym or go for that early morning jog in the park, you can still get a workout at home. All you need is a fitness mat and you’re good to go. The only catch? Well, your flatmate is right next to your room. And you wouldn’t want to wake him or her up with your early morning fitness routine. So here are some quiet, flatmate-approved workouts you can try. Oh, and one more tip: check out YouTube for workout routines to follow.
Yoga is definitely one of those fitness routines that’s great for your body, breath and mind. Plus, your roommate won’t hear a thing as it’s just you and your breath doing your thing. Get an invigorating start to your day with a series of Sun Salutations, before moving on to some standing or balancing poses like Warrior or Tree Pose. You can then move on to Downward Dog and some backbends like Cobra before finishing off with some forward bends and Child’s Pose.
Pilates is a great way to tone your body and develop your “core”. The exercises are meant to activate your core and keep your body stable and balanced. You don’t need the Reformer machine for a Pilates workout. There are plenty of Pilates matwork exercises that you can do such as the Pilates one hundred, single-leg stretch, roll-ups, leg circles and criss crosses.
3. Resistance band workouts
Using resistance bands – those stretchy elastic bands – are a great way to develop your muscles. Plus, they’re a low-cost option for weight training. From bicep curls to front squats, lateral walk to overhead presses, there are plenty of resistance band exercises you can try to target various muscle groups. This is one quiet workout that’s totally flatmate-approved.
A workout you can try where equipment is not needed is the Low Intensity Interval Workout (LIIT). Unlike it’s high impact counterpart HIIT, LIIT exercises are pretty easy to follow, a lot less sweaty plus there’s less chance of an injury. Create a circuit with exercise reps followed by the requisite rest intervals. Some common LIIT exercises include squats, push-ups, planks and sit-ups. Don’t forget to include a warm-up and cool-down.
5. Strength training
To squeeze in a strength training without going to the gym, all you need to do is invest in a couple of dumbbells or a kettlebell. Or, you can even improvise with some water bottles. Some simple strength-training exercises you can do while holding your dumbbells include lunges, squat with overhead raises, triceps kickback or the shoulder press.
So, there you go. You have plenty of options to work out in the privacy of your room rental without disturbing your flatmates. On the plus side, a home workout means you can work out anytime at your own schedule and at your own pace. It also saves you time as you don’t need to travel to exercise.