In times like this, it can feel hard to stay motivated in keeping up with exercise. Now is more important than ever for being fit, especially considering how much time we are spending at home. Letting laziness and lethargy win might seem easy but maintaining your body’s health through regular exercise is only going to help you long term.
Working out from home might not seem as enjoyable as going to the gym, but for now, it is the best you can do. To make the most of your new at-home surroundings when it comes to fitness, these workout tips should help you out.
1. Make a Plan
Before you even pick up a weight or hop on the stationary bike you need to make a plan. Failing to plan is planning to fail, as the old saying goes, so creating a workout plan with goals is going to help you stay motivated and give you some understanding.
Do you want to build strength? Do you want to lose weight? Are you interested in bodyweight exercises or calisthenics? These are important questions to ask yourself. Make sure to get a journal and track your progress as well. It is easier to set goals and reach them when you can visualize them through writing them down.
2. Figuring Out What Equipment to Get
The next step is assessing what you need to make your workouts the best they can be at home. If you are mostly doing bodyweight exercises then you are likely not going to need much, other than a yoga mat.
For those who want a more robust experience working out at home, there is a lot you can get for your home. Dumbbells and resistance bands are a good start and cost fairly little while bigger weight sets with benches or racks are going to climb in price.
If you need something a little more, a stationary bike is an excellent choice with a lot of exercise capacity with more advanced technology now and you can learn more about the differences to see whether you want a classic bike or one with a workout assistant/screen. Stationary bikes, rowing machines, and other cardio machines are some of the most popular because they can last long and give excellent results for an at-home solution to working out.
3. Making a Workout Space
Not in the literal sense, unless you are a confident enough carpenter, but picking or turning a space in your home into a designated workout area is a good way to make the at-home exercise feel less like a chore and more like a legitimate alternative. You will want some decent space for movement and to avoid getting in anyone’s way, or vice versa.
Basements usually work well because they have sturdier flooring and less of a risk of breaking anything. There are cheap rubber flooring/mats you can purchase to protect the ground more and make it more comfortable for any kind of exercise that require you to be on the ground, like pushups or sit-ups, and anything where you have to lay down.
Likewise, you can even use your backyard for the added space and no worry about dropping weights, plus you get the bonus of being out in the sun during your workouts. Regardless, find a room or space in your home and convert it into your new gym studio to maximize your gains.
4. Get the Family Involved
For those who are stuck at home with their family, it might be beneficial to get them involved too. Not only does this promote healthy living for you and them, but it can even help keep you motivated to commit to your workouts as well. Having more people join in on similar exercise goals is a great way to hold each other accountable for reaching goals.
5. Make a Conscious Effort to Change Your Habits
Exercising itself is important for the at-home workout, but your habits are too. Beyond just goal setting and planning, try to make conscious efforts of changing your habits.
If you find yourself sitting or laying on the couch for extended periods, get up and walk around. Get outside if you have been inside too long. Small changes will add up and contribute positively to your workout plan and life in general.
Being stuck at home does not mean you have to miss out on quality workouts. While it is not as ideal, and certainly not as robust as a gym, there are plenty of ways to stay fit while at home and these tips show you how fun, easy, and important it can be to commit to getting your exercise even while at home.