7 Low Impact, Quiet Exercises for Apartment Living

If you’re a heavy exerciser, chances are your workouts incorporate dynamic movements that, when done in a gym or studio, are considered the norm. But, when you’re short on time and a drive to the gym doesn’t fit your schedule, it’s great to whip out your workout mat and get your 30 minutes in at home. Living in an apartment space can make those home exercises difficult. You don’t want to be that noisy neighbor who pounds on the floors and walls unaware of all the ruckus they’re making.

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Developing a low impact and quiet exercise routine can still help you slough off those calories while keeping your neighbors happy. These workouts offer a combination of cardio and strengthening motions that will burn calories, raise your heart rate, and leave you in a healthy sweat. Each exercise targets individual muscle groups and for a total body routine.

Set your own pace but watch out for form and flexibility. Focus on controlling your movements to maximize energy expenditure and minimize the risk of injury. So, lay out your mat, play your favorite energy-boosting music, and try these low impact exercises in your home:

Planks – One minute planks are great for toning your abdominal area by fully engaging your core. Opt for an up-down plank or a plank tuck with extension to increase your range of motion and caloric expenditure. For up-down planks, you’ll start in the traditional plank with elbows to the ground and your body fully extended. Use your arms to push yourself up, one arm at a time. Then bring yourself down to the regular plank position. Repeat this motion, and avoid swaying your torso too much. For plank tucks, start in a plank position with your hands to the floor. Tuck one leg in toward your arms then move into a reverse leg lift. Repeat one leg at a time. Try two sets of 10 reps each to get the most of these challenging planks.

Toe-Touch Crunch – Lie on your back with your legs pointing toward the ceiling and your arms extended above your head. Make sure not to overexert your back. Carefully swing your arms up to meet your toes. You should slightly lift your head, shoulders, and pelvis throughout this movement. You can place one hand behind your head for comfort. Try completing 15 to 20 toe-touch crunches.

Lunges – Lunges are a great strengthening exercise that focus on your hips and glutes. Try an elevated lunge and you’ll surely feel the burn. You won’t need expensive, bulky equipment for these. Simply grab a chair and place one foot on the seat behind you. Keeping your forward leg straight, bend it at the knee until you reach a lowered position that is comfortable for you. Low-lateral steps are also an effective way to boost toning potential. Rather than lunging forward or backward, you’ll move side to side. Do two sets of 10 reps each.

Modified Burpees – Burpees done in a closed living space with thin walls should be taken one step at a time. In these modified burpees, just tone down the energy. Focus on feeling the individual muscle groups through each movement. When you raise, do so slowly and one leg at a time. Try one set of 15 reps for this full-body exercise.

Squats – Squats are an effective lower-body workout but can get boring overtime. Add an arm hook to your squat routine for some excitement. Get into position and throw four hooks while twisting your torso slightly. Do four hooks in the squat position and four hooks in the extended position. Try for three sets of 10 reps each.

Triceps Extension – Your legs will welcome a break with this next exercise. Lay on your back with your knees folded. Using a dumbbell with a weight that is to your liking, raise one arm above your chest – that’s your starting position. Extend your arms without locking them in place. For one rep, your elbows should bend to about a 90 degree angle. Do this by lowering the dumbbells so that they are on either side of your head. Then lift them again. Do this for 15 to 20 reps.

Overhead Press – Show your biceps some love with this exercise. You’ll be in the standing position throughout, your legs should be shoulder-width apart. Using two dumbbells that are at a safe enough weight to lift over your head, lift your arms at the shoulders laterally. Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle with the dumbbells in your palms facing forward. Raise your arms, extending your elbows until the weights are almost touching. Bring them back down. Keep your form in check and try to complete two sets of 12 each.

Feel free to wrap up this workout routine with five minutes of gentle stretching to relax your body and mind.

Apartment Amenities for Lifestyle and Fitness

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we value health and fitness. Our community offers a variety of amenities to suit all your lifestyle needs. An on-site gym means you can be as loud as you want while using top-notch exercise equipment. As a member of our apartment community, you will also have access to a resort style pool and beautiful walking paths that showcase the Rio Grande Valley’s greenery. Give us a call at 956-678-4444 to schedule a tour or for more information about the benefits of living in our Weslaco apartments.

Real Life Grey’s Anatomy

No matter where you go, it’s likely that you’ll hear somebody gushing about Grey’s Anatomy the second they hear about your profession. While the show is a guilty pleasure for most of us, it makes the lives of medical professionals look downright glamorous. Of course, as a real-life member of the local medical field, you know that the reality is very different.

In the RGV, our nurses and support staff train and serve selflessly. We know that you work long hours and face situations we would deem impossible. Because of this, we’re aware that those in the medical field tend to experience a higher rate of burnout than people in other professions. However, what you do on a daily basis makes a world of difference. We encourage you not to lose sight of your impact!

Take A Breath

We know that creating life/work balance is hard. The long hours are often unavoidable. Stress and emotional drain are part of the package when peoples’ lives are in your hands. At Santa Anna Apartment homes in Weslaco, we’re highly aware of this fact and have an immense amount of respect for the individuals who have chosen to selflessly devote their time to the care of others. Here are three tips for avoiding professional burnout and improving your work life balance:

  • Unplug– As if days crammed with patients, labs, and paperwork aren’t enough, professionals are now inundated with calls, texts, IM’s, emails, and notifications on their smart phones. Some days even if you leave work, there is no escape! If you are not on call, find a period of time to unplug. Savor the silence. Breathe. Meditate. Nap. Embrace a moment of peace.
  • Exercise– Your body and mind are the tools with which you perform your very important job. Would your car run its best without maintenance, fuel and oil? Of course not! Our bodies need exercise as much as air, food and water. Unfortunately, as lives get busy, exercise is one of the first things to be pushed out. Find something that fits into your schedule and get your body moving, your blood pumping and your mind refocused. If you have an exercise facility available that’s ideal, if not, find a jogging/walking path or swim laps.
  • Find Your Happy Place– Once you finally get to leave work, make sure that you have a sanctuary to retreat to. Even if you only get to be there a few hours a day, make your home, regardless of the size, your happy place. Surround yourself with colors that make you feel good. Light up some lavender candles and soak in a hot bath. Listen to your favorite tunes. Whatever will make you say “ahhhhh”.

Your Sanctuary in Weslaco Texas

If you are a medical professional looking for a new place to call home in the Rio Grande Valley, we’ve got you covered! Santa Anna Apartment Homes are the perfect place to live, play and relax.

We admire what you do for us, and we are more than happy to offer exclusive discounts on our luxury apartment homes to all medical professionals.

We value the hard work and service you provide for our community. On behalf of the Santa Anna Apartment homes, we thank you for your efforts in upholding standards of good health throughout the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. We invite you to unplug and enjoy the amenities of luxury apartment living:

  • Close proximity to Weslaco schools
  • Pet-friendly amenities: Bark Park and Pet Washing Station
  • Residence features: outdoor cabana and fireplace
  • Safe and secure living environment
  • Spacious luxury floor-plans
  • Lifestyle and fitness facilities
  • 24-hour on-site customer service and maintenance

Luxury Apartment Living For Life / Work Balance

Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco offers a prime list of amenities for our residents to enjoy. We strive to go above and beyond exceptional apartment living with exclusive discounts for our tenants working in the educational and medical fields, as well as border patrol agents. We want to be your happy place!

Check out all of our amenities and samples of our floor-plans to see why Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect community for you and your family. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about one of our units.

Santa Anna Honors Border Patrol Agents with Exclusive Discount

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, we strive to maintain a safe community for our residents. We understand the value of security and honor the hardworking individuals who have devoted their lives to protecting our borders. As a small token of our appreciation, we offer an exclusive discount for Border Patrol agents and their families. Whether you’re working at a sector in McAllen, Harlingen or Brownsville, we are located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley making our facilities the prime location to live and work.

Check out the following perks you can enjoy at a special discounted rate:

  • 3% monthly rent discount for Border Patrol agents
  • Proximity to local Border Patrol stations and schools
  • Family-friendly and pet-friendly amenities
  • Safe and secure living environment
  • Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom luxury floor-plans
  • Lifestyle and fitness facilities

As a thank you for enriching and fortifying our cities, let us repay you. If you’re a Border Patrol agent looking for a place that offers great family amenities, take advantage of this special offer today! Whether you’re new to the area or relocating within the region, you can rest assured that we will do all we can to provide an apartment community that meets your every need. Get in contact with one of our staff members to learn how you can take advantage of this special offer.

Going Beyond Great Apartment Living

Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco offers a prime list of amenities for our residents to enjoy. We strive to go above and beyond exceptional apartment living with exclusive discounts for our tenants working in the educational and medical fields, as well as, border patrol agents. Check out all of our amenities and samples of our floor-plans to see why Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect community for you and your family. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about one of our units.

7 Apartment Essentials for Your Move-In Day

If you’re moving into your new house or apartment, move-in day will be a rushed and messy ordeal. It’s best to be prepared with the basic necessities. These seven essentials include must-haves for various areas of your home as well as some things to ensure your comfort during the first few days.

Towels and Toiletries

Feeling stinky and sweaty after a hard day of work? You’ll be wanting easy access to towels and toiletries when you’re getting settled in your new place. Pack a bag or small box filled with your shampoos, soaps and bathroom towels to keep handy.

Bedding

After a long day of moving and unpacking, you’ll want a comfortable mattress and fresh sheets to rest on. While the first few weeks of your move will be all about getting acquainted, never sacrifice your sleep time.

Emergency Kit

You never know when an accident will strike, so it’s wise to keep an emergency kit of first-aid basics. Keep a kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain killers and alcohol close by.

Tool Set

For small DIY projects, maintenance and repair tasks, and hanging portraits and shelves, you’ll want tools like a screwdriver, hammer and nails nearby.

Kitchen Utensils and Dishes

Whether you plan on cooking or ordering take-out for the first few days in your new home, you’ll need your kitchen utensils and plates around. You can eat on countertops and couches serving as makeshift tables, but spoons, forks and knives are a must.

Cleaning Supplies

With a few cleaning supplies at your disposal, you can spruce up the furniture as you unpack it. Keep your favorite cleaning tools around so you don’t add to the mess that may already be present from the moving process.

Something of Meaning

To make your new living space feel like home, set out something meaningful to you. This could be a family portrait, your favorite lounge chair or a household item that was gifted to you by a special someone.

Lease Today

Moving into your new home is a big task to undertake, but you’re not alone with Santa Anna Apartment Homes by your side. We can help make the move to your new luxury apartment swift and easy. Just contact us today or call us at 956.678.4444 to learn about our layouts, amenities, and prices.

Tips for Moving To Your New Apartment

Moving to a new apartment can be an exciting adventure for many. The prospect of having a new space to call your own and new amenities to enjoy are no doubt fun to think about, though the moving process is rarely part of the excitement. Moving all your belongings is a tiresome and lengthy ordeal, but there are tricks to make the move easier and less stressful.

Write a Master Plan

Before you do anything else, make a list of everything you have to do and how much time you have to get it done. This includes large furniture pieces you made need help with, purchasing moving items, things to giveaway, and other errands that must be completed within your moving period like managing your utilities. The master plan will serve as an organized guideline to ensure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.

Toss it. Donate it. Sell it.

It may be the most dreaded part of moving, but you should get rid of clutter early on. All those items you’ve had hidden in the back of your cabinets, drawers, and closets for ages need to once again see the light of day. As a rule of thumb, if you have not had a use for it in a year, then you don’t need it. Sort old clothes and equipment by what you can throw away, donate, and sell. This way you can focus on the things that you’ll need in your new home.

Gather the Right Moving Supplies

To save money on moving boxes, stop by your local Costco, Sams, or similar stores to ask for packaging boxes that will no longer be in use. If you’re planning on placing some of your items in storage, opt for plastic boxes and vacuum-packed bags. Finally, if you don’t have access to a large enough vehicle for moving, hire a moving truck or consider using moving containers in the process. Make sure to be fully packed and ready to go when they show up at your door step.

Pack Smartly

Protect fragile items by stacking them or using towels and clothing as cushion. Remember to number and label your boxes to keep track of your personal items and for easy unpacking. Then pack in layers with heavier items on the bottom. You’ll want to have access to essential items you’re likely to use first in your new home.

Cover Yourself

A smart mover will take pictures of their old apartment once everything has been moved out as well as pictures of their new apartments before everything has been moved in. This provides photographic evidence to both landlords in case of property damage or security deposit problems.

Take It Easy

The most important thing to remember when moving is to take it easy. Organize the moving process so it doesn’t affect your daily routine too much if you need to work or go to school. Take a few days off to get everything done with plenty of help from friends, family, or professional movers. Focus on enjoying your new apartment once you’re all settled in. Santa Anna Apartment Homes boasts a range of attractive amenities for those looking for luxury apartment living in Weslaco. With a staff offering premiere customer service, we’ll help make the moving process easier.

Welcome Home, New Santa Anna Residents


From the Santa Anna Apartment Homes staff to you, thank you for making your new home in our luxury apartment community. We are confident that you’ll enjoy meeting your new friendly neighbors as well as the staff here at Santa Anna. Feel free to make use of our many wonderful amenities catered to individuals and families alike. The clubhouse and pool as well as the jogging or walking paths are available to you as a special treat that comes with luxury apartment living.

We pride ourselves in maintaining a safe and comfortable community that is interactive and welcoming to newcomers. That’s why we offer plenty of outdoor amenities and planned resident activities. Stay tuned for updates on these activities and more through our Calendar of Events. We’ll also be posting blogs and articles about apartment living for our new and existing residents to enjoy. Please feel free to visit us with your questions and concerns as our doors are always open.