Working Out at Home with Hannah Durbin

By: Sarah Vates
Photo Courtesy Hannah Durbin

Hannah Durbin is no stranger to working out, with more than 18,000 Instagram followers and newly launched blog Healthy Happy Hannah, she makes a living off of creating a healthy and safe space for women. Hannah strives to create a space for women that encourages health, whether it be mental, physical, or spiritual. Hannah is an eating disorder survivor who now uses social media to host an honest conversation about living your most healthy life.

Hannah shared with us her favorite home workouts and how you can stay motivated to get your workout on at home.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Durbin

What’s the best kind of workout for those who want to exercise in the home?

HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts are awesome if you’re at home with limited equipment! I recommend a 15- or 20-minute full body HIIT session that includes a variety of cardio and bodyweight strength training exercises. That way you’re fitting everything you need into one efficient workout! Also, if you’re willing to invest in a set of resistance bands, you can get an awesome strength training workout done from the comfort of your own home.

What are some of your tips for staying motivated to workout at home?

Be creative! I’ll often use household objects as weights or I’ll use chairs as benches to do things like tricep dips or decline push-ups. The workouts don’t need to be picture perfect, they just have to make you feel good! I also recommend throwing in intervals of burpees, high knees, jumping jacks, etc. in between sets to get your heart rate up! This really helps to get the endorphins flowing.

What are three must-have pieces of equipment in your home gym?

Resistance bands, a set of basic dumbbells, and a yoga mat! If you have those three, you have endless possibilities!

How do you exercise in your home?

I’ll typically do body-weight HIIT workouts, basic dumbbell circuits, or ride our Peloton cycle bike. When I do workouts in my house, I try to keep them as short and sweet as possible!

What is a typical at home workout look like for you?

Here is a basic example!

Warm up: 100 jumping jacks

HIIT Circuit 1: Repeat 3–5 times

20 seconds push ups, 10 seconds rest

20 seconds jump squats, 10 seconds rest

20 seconds sit-ups, 10 seconds rest

HIIT Circuit 2: Repeat 3–5 times

20 seconds commandos, 10 seconds rest

20 seconds alternating forward lunges, 10 seconds rest

20 seconds leg lifts, 10 seconds rest

HIIT Circuit 3: Repeat 3–5 times

20 seconds high knees, 10 seconds rest

20 seconds burpees, 10 seconds rest

20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 seconds rest

Cool down: static stretching

What would you tell someone who’s new to exercise in the home?

Make it fun! Working out at home gives you the freedom to try new things without worrying what others around you are thinking! It can be liberating to blast your music and just move! If you’re struggling to figure out what exercises to do, there are tons of at-home workouts online that you can find with a simple Google search! I also have a number of workouts posted to my website and Instagram page as well.


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