If you just bought a new home, perhaps one of the condos for sale in Winnipeg, you probably don’t want to go out and buy a gym membership, and the weather may not always allow for outdoor exercise. The good news is that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your regular workouts. In fact, there are many activities you can do right at home to burn calories that don’t require pricey equipment.

Get Up and Dance

You don’t have to learn how to dance to burn calories. All you have to do is turn up the tunes and move around to get your heart rate going. Dancing freestyle is a great form of aerobic exercise as it gets the heart pumping and works the muscles while helping to improve balance and burn through a ton of calories. Depending on your weight and age, you can easily burn over 100 calories in just 20 minutes without even noticing.

Jump Rope

A jump rope is cheap and it’s one of the best tools for a home workout there are. Plus, you can have fun feeling like a kid again. You’ll burn around 300 calories in just a half-hour by jumping with your feet slightly apart, keeping your body upright and jumps low to the ground. You don’t even have to have a rope – you can pretend like you’re jumping rope if you need to.

Play Backyard Games

Backyard games aren’t just for kids – of course, if you have them, they can be a great way for everyone in the family to get some exercise. Ultimate Frisbee is lots of fun and you can burn around 50 calories in just five minutes. Other options include horseshoe tossing, croquet, cornhole and kickball.


If you have any stairs or steps in your home, you can use them for a great cardio and muscle strengthening workout. Stepping burns lots of calories and will also tone your glutes and legs.

Use Household Objects as Weights

Whenever you’re watching TV, or even when you aren’t, you can use household objects like laundry detergent bottles or water jugs as weights to strengthen your arm muscles.

Take Advantage of Smartphone Apps

There are nearly an endless number of smartphone apps available that can help you find the best exercises for burning calories at home. Your On Your Own Gym includes over 200 different video demonstrations and lots of quick exercise options that allow you to create your own customized workouts. Boot Camp Challenge features more than 200 activities from beginner to advanced routines along with beat-sync technology. That means it will match the tempo of the music you play to the workout, making it a lot more fun, often resulting in longer exercise time and more calories burned.

Active Video Games

There are lots of active video games out there too, like Wii Fit, Wii Tennis and Just Dance on Xbox Kinect. You can even play a more traditional game but play it while standing up to burn more calories.