How To Exercise From The Comfort of Your Home
It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to a training routine if you're out of shape.
There are many different factors that come into play and, consequently, not all workouts will work for everyone.
With a little bit of research and knowledge about your body type, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn't be able to find an exercise routine that will help get you back in shape at home!
In this blog post we'll go over the basics on how to start exercising at home if you're just getting started:
Figure out your fitness goals and find a program that suits them
This might be the hardest part of starting a workout routine, but it's necessary in order to get more out of your time.
It sounds obvious, but if you don't know WHERE and WHY you want to train, there is no way that you'll find something effective for yourself!
Do some research about what fitness goals are possible and, more importantly, realistic for you.
Do some research on different workout routines and find one that fits your particular lifestyle and goals.
If you want to get ripped, doing workouts with weights will probably be more effective than cardio alone.
If you struggle with weight loss, then a diet change might help more than going from couch potato to marathon runner!
The best way to get started is by doing just a little bit at first...
Don't be discouraged if you can only do one push-up or walk for five minutes the first time you try something new.
Just getting moving will give your body and mind an immediate boost of energy!
If you're starting with a new routine, try to add more time or reps as you go.
It might take a few weeks for your body and muscles to adjust, so don't give up!
Find an activity you enjoy
No matter what your fitness goal is, the best way to stick with any routine is by finding something you enjoy.
If running or hitting a punching bag for an hour sounds like torture, try taking a walk around your neighbourhood
Or get up on Sunday and go hiking while listening to music!
The more you enjoy your time exercising, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Here's a selection of great workouts for beginners at home:
- Lying down on an exercise mat and doing basic crunches or push ups. This is easy on the joints and can be done anywhere!
- If you're feeling more adventurous, try doing squats while holding a laundry basket in front of your chest.
- Pick up one heavy object and carry it for as long as possible (a suitcase works great or even a big bag).
There are so many exercises that can be done at home without any equipment needed!
Find a workout buddy to keep each other accountable
A workout buddy can be the difference between success and failure.
Find someone who you know will keep their word, like your best friend or family member, to help motivate each other in achieving goals!
Find a workout partner who won't let you slack off - make sure they're as committed to fitness as you are so neither of you have an excuse for not getting out there.
Track your progress
In order to know how far you have come, it's important to track your progress. This way you can see just how much better each day is getting and the small steps that are being made too!
To start, keep a simple journal or calendar for your workouts.
Start by tracking the days you work out and then mark how many minutes it took to complete that workout.
Once this becomes more routine, include any new exercises you're trying in these numbers too!
This will help motivate you because every time you put down an exercise you'll know that it's a little bit more of your goal complete!
To take things one step farther, consider getting really creative with tracking your progress.
With the help of an app or just some old fashioned paper and a pen, make yourself little challenges to track each day as well. For example, how many minutes can you stay in plank position?
How many push-ups can you do in a row before taking a break?
This is especially important when it comes to pushing yourself during your workouts.
The more difficult the challenge, the better - this will ensure that you're getting enough of an interval training routine going on.
Stay consistent by sticking to your training routine - if you're going to do something, be sure to make it a habit!
If this means waking up early and working out before work, or adding in some exercise during lunchtime at the office - whatever keeps you on track is what matters most here.
And yes, that does mean sacrificing some extra time where you might be able to relax in bed for a few extra minutes before heading off to work!
When it comes down to it, though, this is the best way to stay consistent and keep on track with your workout routine - especially at the beginning.
This will help make sure that you are following your workout routine and won't skip workouts like you might if they're not a part of your day-to-day.
Be sure to stretch before and after your workout
You should always stretch before and after your workout. This will help prevent injuries, allow you to work at a higher level of intensity without injury, and get the best result in less time.
Some possible stretches are: Cat-Cows (simultaneously do both), Downward Dog, Child's Pose with Hamstring Stretch, and Hamstring Stretch.
It doesn't have to be complicated or strenuous - just do it (you can thank us later)!
Invest in some basic exercise equipment
You can find inexpensive quality exercise equipment at your local sporting goods store, and even some online stores.
Exercise mats are a great way to avoid back pain when doing exercises on the ground!
Obviously, not everyone is in a position to invest money as well as time on getting fit, so have a look around your home; if you haven't got any of the equipment to hand, use tin cans, water bottles, etc. Most things will work in a pinch.
Don't forget to drink your water
Water is essential for maintaining good health and preventing fatigue during workouts so you need to make sure you're getting through at least two litres a day.
Try to spread it out over the day, particularly if you exercise or take part in any physical activities.
Bonus - Get enough sleep
You may feel like you can function on less sleep than the average person, but it is not healthy.
Lack of sleep compromises your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness and disease.
A lack of focus due to too little shut-eye can lead to mistakes that could be avoided with just one night’s rest!
Take care of yourself by getting at least seven hours each day for the best results.
When it comes to fitness, there are many paths you can take. You just need to find the one that suits your goals and routine best so you'll never have an excuse not to work out!
We hope this post has provided some insight into how you might go about starting a new workout plan or finding ways to incorporate fitness into your everyday life.
If we could give any last piece of advice, it would be to start small and remember if something is too challenging for today then tomorrow will be better.
Start with these simple tips and see where they lead you - who knows what changes may come as time goes on?
Remember that when making decisions like these, success comes from consistency rather than trying once in a while.
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