Do you work out? I have 6 Tips For Working Out At Home that can help you get on your way to healthier living. I love staying active! I really want to share my happiness and success with you and help you if I can.
You’ve heard all the experts saying that a great way to keep your metabolism working its best is by lifting weights of some sort. Muscle burns many more calories than fat, even when you are resting. Now that’s enough motivation for anyone to start working out! Weightlifting is also especially great for women and good bone health. I’m not talking about heavy duty weightlifting, just the type that helps tone and keeps your muscles in healthy shape. Gym memberships can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get fit (and stay fit) without one. You can workout in the comfort of your own home and still get in a good workout. You don’t need all that fancy equipment – just a few key items and you’re set. Here are the 6 tips for working out at home:
Use YouTube. You can find many great workout videos and routines on YouTube…and it’s all free! Whether you like yoga, Pilates, strength training or boot camp style workouts – it’s all there. Check out channels like Blogilates (mainly Pilates), Tone It Up (strength and cardio), and Fitness Blender (every type of workout you could think of).
Get weights. You can find relatively cheap dumbbells at stores like Target, Five Below, and Wal-Mart. Buy a pair of light weights and heavy weights. If you want to invest in a good pair of weights, you may want to buy adjustable dumbbells. Although they are pricier, it gives you the freedom to adjust your weight with every exercise you do. Want to buy other “home gym” equipment? Look for a bench, pull-up bar, and jump rope.
Find workout routines online. There are plenty of resources online for at-home workouts. Simply do a Google search and you will find many. Use websites like BodyBuilding.com to find reputable workouts. Also look for fitness bloggers (who are certified personal trainers) who regularly post workout routines. There are many phone apps that can help you with this too.
Get outside. Working out at home doesn’t just have to mean working out in your living room or basement. Get active outside! Start running, cycling, hiking…whatever you please. Now that it’s fall, the weather will be getting cooler, which will make it the perfect time to go outdoors. You all know that my favorite things to do are hiking and walking for exercise and they are both so good for you too.
Don’t get distracted. One of the positives of going to a gym is the fact that it’s your time. Don’t let distractions get in the way of your at-home workout. Let family members know that you plan on working out at a set time. Don’t let household chores get in the way either. Think of it as an appointment with yourself. Slacking off can become easier since you’re in your own home, but don’t let it happen! The best way to make a new habit it by starting small and adding something new to it each week. So start where you are right now and don’t look back, even if you have to take baby steps at first.
Use equipment you already have. Don’t have weights yet? No problem. There are plenty of workouts you can do with just your body weight and what you already have at home. For example, a set of steps is great for jumps, step-ups, lunges, push-ups and tricep dips. You can also use a chair for step-ups. Utilize your home in your workouts. Chances are you know someone who does like to work out and most people love to give advice so don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you’re starting out and learning.
I’m not an fitness professional but have been working out and weightlifting myself since I was in high school. I’m also married to a fitness professional and have many friends who are so I’ve learned some great techniques that have worked for me over many years. As with any new physical thing if you are doing something new for the first time it would be beneficial to you to speak to your doctor about your program if you are unsure, before you start.
There are so many ways to be active without ever stepping foot in a gym. You can get fit right in your own home, whether you have weights or not. Now you really have no excuse not to exercise! It’s the perfect time to start too, with the kids back in school and the thought of all that upcoming holiday eating just around the corner. So tell me… “What are you doing for your health when it come to fitness or active living?”