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Can You Lose Weight by Exercising in Your Bedroom?

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author image Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.
Can You Lose Weight by Exercising in Your Bedroom?
Dancing in your bedroom helps you burn calories. Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Although a gym membership has many benefits -- including use of free weights and workout equipment -- it's possible to get a solid workout without one. Exercising in your bedroom does have its limitations. You cannot run long distances, and exercising in the same, small space might become tedious. However, your bedroom can serve as an exercise space that allows you to complete various exercise techniques without stepping foot outdoors. Exercises include calisthenics, weight-lifting and even cardiovascular work. These exercises burn calories. To lose weight, you'll need to burn more calories than you consume.

Space-Saving Calisthenics

Calisthenics can be completed anywhere because they don't require much space and rarely require the use of additional objects. Calisthenics include pushups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks and lunges. You can also make use of objects in your bedroom to maximize your calisthenic workout. For example, use a chair or bed to prop your feet up and assume a pushup position with your hands on the floor and face looking at the ground. Hold this plank position to strengthen your core muscles, or do actual pushups to target your arms and chest. Calisthenics will increase your endurance, build and maintain muscle, and burn calories. Do 10 to 15 minutes worth before or after aerobic exercises.

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Weight Training

To expedite your weight-loss journey, add weight training to your workout regimen. By building muscle all over your body, you'll be able to exert more energy throughout the day and during your cardiovascular exercises. Weight training also makes your body burn extra calories to mend torn muscles -- even when you aren't working out. To weight train in your bedroom, use either dumbbells or various items already in your home, including soup cans, filled milk jugs or books. For example, you can hold a soup can in your right hand. Let your arm hang by your side. Then, without moving your upper arm, bend your elbow to bring the soup can toward your shoulder. These soup-can biceps curls strengthen your biceps in your upper arm.

Cardiovascular Exercises

Cardiovascular exercises should be done daily. In addition to burning calories and helping you lose weight, they keep your heart and body healthy. Though it's more difficult to do cardiovascular activity in your bedroom because of limited space, it can be done. Bedroom appropriate cardiovascular activities include running or jogging in place, dancing and step aerobics. If you have a TV or computer in your bedroom, you can also watch fitness videos and follow along with them.

Workout Consistency

It doesn't matter how you burn your calories when it comes to weight loss. The only factor that does matter is that you do burn calories and that you burn more of them than you consume throughout the day. To lose one pound, you need to burn 3500 calories more than you consume. For best results, work out for at least 30 minutes daily and adjust your diet so it includes nutritious, filling and high-protein foods that sustain you all day long.

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