At-home workouts are all the rage now, and it’s easy to see why — they’re convenient, grant privacy, and are cheaper than the alternative of buying a gym membership. What’s more, with the right equipment and enough space, it’s easy to get a calorie-torching, full-body workout from the comfort of your home!
Unfortunately, if you live in an apartment, being too noisy during a workout may deter you from giving at-home workouts a try, especially if you live in an upstairs unit. Good news! You can still get a great workout from the comfort of your apartment without creating enough noise to disturb your neighbors. Below we share four tips to help you exercise quietly in your apartment!
The loudest noises associated with working out, especially if you live in an upstairs apartment, will be caused by moves that involve jumping or stomping, such as jumping jacks, running in place, burpees, and so on. Low-impact modifications of these exercises can reduce the amount of noise caused by these moves significantly. For example, rather than jumping off the ground doing jumping jacks, simply thrust your arms into the air and alternate stepping out to the side with your legs. Most exercises have low-impact variations, so if you’re worried a particular move is making too much noise, just research what you can do instead.
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of noise caused by a workout routine is by creating a cushioned workout space that will dampen the sounds. For example, a pile of rugs or a thick yoga mat can help by absorbing the force of some loud moves. Have thin walls? If you’re worried about noise leaking into your next-door neighbor's apartment, you can hang sound-proofing panels on the walls of the room where you do your workouts. Additionally, you could just exercise in socks rather than working out in noisy sneakers.
Workout equipment can be clunky and cause a ton of noise. Fortunately, there’s equipment that won’t cause as much noise as typical free weights. For example, rubber-coated free weights won’t create a noisy, metallic clang when you set them on the floor or bump them into one another. Additionally, you can pick up some resistance bands if you want to forgo noisy free weights. A resistance band is a long elastic band that can be used for strength training. Resistance bands are an excellent alternative to free weights, as simply pulling up and down these bands will activate the same muscles as lifting weights.
If you want to forgo the risk of causing too much noise, and the weather permits, you can head outdoors for your workout. Not only are some of the greatest cardio-based workouts easy to do outside, such as running, biking, and swimming, but there are a plethora of health benefits related to exercising outdoors. For example, exposure to sunlight can enhance vitamin D production, which is linked to a better mood, a boosted immune system, and reduced inflammation. Better yet, you can turn exercising outdoors into a social gathering by running or biking with friends!