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How to Avoid Boredom by Adding Fun to Your Indoor Workouts

Mihir Patkar 12-11-2015

Winter is coming. Sometimes, you don’t want to, or simply can’t, step out of your home. But that doesn’t mean you skip essential exercise. And hey, you can make it a lot of fun even if it’s indoors!


We’ve already shown you some of the best YouTube channels to exercise at home 7 Best YouTube Workout Channels To Exercise at Home Home gyms and personal trainers help the moneyed get up straight from their beds and hit the gym. We lesser mortals have to call on our powers of self-motivation and discipline to trudge the few... Read More , but that’s not what we’re going for here. It’s time to have fun with workouts because the moment it becomes a chore, you’ll stop doing it.

Your Music, Your TV!


The most enjoyable part of working out from home is how you can control everything and not have to wait your turn for stuff. Of course, you can download a free workout playlist Free Music Downloads: Energetic Workout Playlist [Sound Sunday] Dancing boosts confidence and it's a great workout, too. Whether you're dancing, biking, or lifting weights, these free music downloads will keep you moving during your workout sessions. Read More or grab a beat syncing app of your favorite music The 7 Best Running and Workout Music Apps Here are the best running music apps that play music to your running pace. Read More , but why not go one step better.

It’s all about customization at home, so make a workout playlist of your favorite songs that are set to the tempo of your desired heart rate. All you need is BeaTunes to analyze your library and choose songs according to the best BPM (beats per minute).

Fabio Comana, a faculty instructor at the US National Academy of Sports Medicine, told Real Simple you should match your workout with the music’s beats. He recommends:

  • Warm-ups: 100 to 110 BPM
  • Strength exercises: 110 to 120 BPM
  • Endurance, speed, and agility exercises: Higher than 120 BPM
  • Stretching: 90 to 100 BPM

Pro Tip: TV makes cardio a lot of fun! Walking on the treadmill or cycling at home is tedious, but if you ration it as “two episodes of Modern Family”, it’s a good way to get your workout while having fun.

I recommend catching up on TV while doing cardio (like the exercise cycle), since it’s easier to keep your eye on one thing at that time, and listening to songs or podcasts while doing aerobics, weights, or stretches.

Play In to Work Out


Speaking of the TV, being at home means that you can fire up your video game console and play a motion-activated game to try and lose some weight! Yup, it actually works, and there are plenty of real-world users who attest to that.


While you can choose anything that works with the Wii U, Xbox Kinect or PlayStation Move, your best bet is to go with a game like boxing. In the above study, researchers found that boxing burnt the most amount of calories (216) in 30 minutes compared to dancing (159), tennis (159), baseball (135), bowling (117), and golf (93).

That said, you could pick up any intensive video game to help lose weight 4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight All too often, people who are not gamers have this idea that individuals who choose to spend their time playing video games are lazy. Sure, we like to sit around with a controller in our... Read More . The objective is to really exert yourself and get immersed in that environment, don’t take it easy or cheat with less forceful moves.

Several gamers also recommend dance-based titles like Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) for consoles or the PC-based StepMania Want Dance Dance Revolution On Your Computer? Try StepMania Forget karaoke or game titles like "Just Dance" -- the best way to make fun of yourself and exercise has been playing "Dance Dance Revolution." Read More . Kotaku’s Richard Eisenbeis lost weight with DDR, and Reddit’s Fittit community also gives a thumbs-up to dance games.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

The best part about working out from home is that you have zero chance of embarrassing yourself. That hot guy on the elliptical won’t see you make a fool of yourself during aerobics, and that cute girl at the leg press isn’t going to smirk when she sees you struggling with the 10th push-up. But more than that, it means you can be uninhibited and experiment!


Dancing is a fantastic exercise and it gives you a full-body workout, but it’s embarrassing enough that you probably won’t do it in public often. At home, that’s not a problem anymore. So dance like no one’s watching and have a blast!

You can obviously start with any song you like. Just search and play it on YouTube The Best Ways To Search And Play YouTube Music On Chrome, Firefox And The Web YouTube is fantastic to listen to music quickly and for free. But what if I told you there are browser extensions and websites that make the YouTube music listening experience even better? Read More and shake a leg.

If you have trouble deciding, then check out Beyonce’s Move Your Body workout routine, made for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. And Greatist has collected some great dance workouts, among other free YouTube workouts.

Go Back to School



Taking the “no embarrassment at home” idea further, you can also do fun exercises that you dropped a long time ago because it’s just not cool to do them as an adult. Remember the hula hoop you loved as a kid? It’s a great way to burn calories! Researchers and hips don’t lie.

Hark back to other childhood favorites, like doing sets of jumping jacks while watching TV, or grab that old jump rope and start bouncing! Even if you trip and fall (and yes, you’re going to trip and fall), there’s no one around to point and laugh.

Change Up Your Workout

A workout at home is a great time to experiment and try something new. And there are some really cool workout apps that focus on making things fun.

For starters, try the Superhero Workout game, a free app for Android and iOS, which made it to our list of the best last-minute gift apps iPhone & iPad Last Minute Gift Guide for 2014 Left Christmas shopping a bit late this year? Don't worry – apps make the best last minute presents. Read More . You need to save the world, completing exercise after exercise to unlock new missions and build your character (and yourself).

If time is a constraint, then check out some of the best quick workout apps for Android Stay Fit: The 5 Best Quick Workout Apps For Android Need to find the time to exercise? These apps can help you with only a few minutes of your day. Read More . I recommend starting with the scientifically proven 7-minute workout, which puts you through a series of tough exercises in quick succession. There are 7-minute workout apps already, but you should look at free 7-minute workout videos Use Free 7 Minute Workout Videos To Get Into Shape [Stuff to Watch] There are lots of YouTube videos that can show you exactly how your workouts should be going, and they won't cost you a penny. Read More , especially Jonathan Mann’s musical version.

And if you haven’t yet given it a try, yoga apps make home workouts fun 10 Yoga Apps That Help You Workout Anywhere The world has taken to the benefits of yoga. With a smart yoga app, you can practice your favorite yoga poses anywhere. Here's some help finding a yoga app that suits your needs. Read More .

Skype Your Buddy or Trainer


While the solitude of exercising at home means no embarrassments, some people prefer traditional workouts even at home. So how do you get to your gym buddy or personal trainer while at home? Simple, video calling!

You can use good old Skype or any of the best free video calling alternatives Sick of Skype? 7 Best Free Skype Alternatives Skype alternatives can free you from mediocrity and greatly improve the video chat experience. This article covers eight options. Read More to start a session, provided your friend or trainer is using it too. Try out for a one-click, no-signup, fuss-free, cross-platform service Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Is Here & It's Really Good People have been crying out for a decent video conferencing app for ages. We thought that was Google Plus. We were wrong. Meet Read More .

Apps and services like Wello actually let you hire remote trainers How to Get Fit with the Right Personal Trainer Online Is online training effective? Will you get the same benefits? And how can you go about finding the best trainer for you? Here's some advice for finding success in your online personal training. Read More over video calls, even letting you choose group or solo activities. Several trainers even offer such services over Skype or Hangouts, and a quick Google search will help you find such providers.

Just make sure you have set up a good webcam A Guide to the Best Budget Webcams for Under $60 If you don't own a webcam, you should get one ASAP. It's one of those things that seems unnecessary until you have one, and then it suddenly becomes useful for all kinds of things. Read More , and have a stable Internet connection.

Share Your Workout-From-Home Ideas

Whether you’re snowed in, rained in, or just too lazy to go to the gym, you’ve worked out at home at some point, right?

How did you make it fun? Share your experience and any tips in the comments.

Image Credits: gymnastic exercises at home by Yeko Photo Studio via Shutterstock, Terry Robinson / Flickr [Broken Link Removed], Tony Fischer / Flickr, EA Sports, Wello

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