It’s not always easy to make time for the gym when you have so many other commitments in life. Between work, family, and a social calendar, many people find themselves letting go of their workout routine, but it doesn’t have to be that way! A workout at home can sometimes be just as valuable as a session at the gym, and it’s a great way to keep healthy without missing out on downtime with your loved ones.

So where do you start? Many exercises can be done effectively with just your body weight, but sometimes it may be beneficial to invest in some equipment. Keep reading to find our three favourite at-home workout routines!

1. Chin ups

Installing a chin up bar is a really cost-effective way of adding to your home gym set-up. There are many different varieties of chin up bars available at retailers such asFitness Market, with some that can be attached permanently to a wall or just temporarily hung over a door. Chin ups are a great exercise that improve muscle tone in your arms, back and chest. These are a great way to track your overall fitness by challenging yourself to see how many you can do. You can also adjust your grip on the bar to work different sets of muscles.

Method: grip the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart and fingers facing away with your arms straight up above you. Pull yourself up until your chin passes the bar, hold, then lower yourself until your arms are straight again. It should feel as though your elbows are pulling towards the floor.

2. Squats

Squats are a full body exercise that help to build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and hip abductors. They are a low impact exercise that most people can do easily and will also help to improve your posture. You can increase the intensity of a squat by using handheld weights or by holding the squat position for longer.

Method: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight centred over your heels. Bend at the knees and as you lower your body move your arms straight out in front of you for balance. Make sure that your knees don’t bend over your toes and that your weight is on your heels, lowering your hips as if to sit on a chair. Also, keep your chest upright. Hold for a few seconds and then raise back up into the standing position.

3. Push ups

An obvious one perhaps, but push ups are a classic exercise for a good reason: you can quickly use your own body weight to get fit. Push-ups can help to increase the size of your chest, biceps and triceps. Push up bars or handles are an excellent way to make your push-up routine more effective. The bars elevate your body and provide stability, allowing you to go lower and work harder.

Method: Get into a plank position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and bend at the elbow to lower your chest to the floor, whilst keeping your body straight. Then, push back up until you are back in the plank position.

With a little planning there’s no reason that you can’t improve your health, fitness and body shape at home. These exercises show that training with minimal equipment and your own body weight is a fantastic way to work on your fitness journey.