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Late Night Home Workout Ideas

I know I am not alone when I admit that when the season Premiere of the Biggest Loser ended, I wanted to workout. I find that show so motivating. Unless you belong to a 24 hour gym, chances are low you are going to head to the gym at 10pm. You can harness that motivation and workout in the convenience of your own home! Here are a few ways to make a home workout work even if it's late.

  • So what if it is 10 pm, the gym is closed and your downstairs neighbors are sleeping. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home.
  • Push ups, planks, side plank and elbow planks are quiet and will work your upper body and core!
  • Sit ups of all variations work wonders day or night. If noise is an issue, the slower you do them the less noise you will make. Looking for a new abs routine? Check out this Short, Sweet and Complete Abs video.
  • If you have hand weights you can do a wide variety of exercises that make absolutely no noise - except for your breath, of course!
  • Say you are in the mood for alternating reverse lunges, don't let sleeping folks around you keep you from lunging, just make your lunges as quiet and controlled as possible - this will make you work even harder and challenge your coordination.
  • If you can rock out, try an exercise DVD - here are some that I have reviewed. Pilates and yoga tend to make less noise than cardio if noise is a consideration.
  • Stretch! Flexibility training is an essential part of fitness that is quiet and easy to do. Plus it is a great way to calm down after a busy day. Chances are high a short stretching session will motivate you to workout the next day!

Fit's Tip: Contrary to popular belief, exercising before going to bed doesn't interfere with sleep. If you feel super awake after exercising, try a nice soothing bathe since they tend to promote sleep over invigorating showers.


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marley11 marley11 9 years
i loooove doing plank. it really tones your abs so well.
pebby01 pebby01 9 years
great tips, thanks fitsugar!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I used to work a job where I had to get to work by 5 am, so I'd often work out at 3:30 in the morning on my elliptical machine. I would watch TV with the volume set pretty low and I didn't have too many problems with anyone waking up. So maybe these tips could be "late night OR early morning" workout tips!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
One of my friends has turned me on to doing situps during all commercial breaks. It took me awhile to get in the habit...but even if I am not in the mood to do a night time workout...I feel guilty if I don't jump on the floor for situps at every commercial break!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for all the great ideas, Fit!
ohohmommio ohohmommio 9 years
Thanks....some really great ideas.
lily314 lily314 9 years
Also, whatever your evening workout is, you can unwind with a couple of relaxing yoga poses or breathing exercises. Or warm milk.
apsara1 apsara1 9 years
Check out for a super duper repository of consumer reviews (no instructor/commercial postings allowed) has excellent "do quietly" workouts that you download onto your mp3 player. iBallet workouts are great because mostly they don't require much or any equipment.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
I agree, the Biggest Loser always makes me want to get moving. It's such a motivating show. I'm thinking of getting the new Firm system, I saw an infomercial for it this week. Maybe I'll start doing that after the Biggest Loser on Tuesdays!
bluebutterfly bluebutterfly 9 years
How lazy am I you ask? I live next door to a 24 hour gym and still don't workout.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Those are great tips and probably better than playing Wii Boxing just before bed! :)
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