You don't want to join a health club because it’s too expensive? You love being independent? No problem, you have plenty of options when it comes to working out at home. Squats, planks, jumping jacks, burpees, push-ups, crunches, lunges, Russian twists, sit-ups… There are so many options and you can embark on an effective fitness routine from the comfort of your home! Moreover, it doesn't take much effort or money to design an effective workout program at home. Fit balls, exercise bands, dumbbells, hand weights and push-up bars are an inexpensive way to create a fitness routine that will work every major muscle group. For a complete workout program, you must include these 5 components: a warm-up to gently prepare the muscles for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation, a cardiovascular workout to rev up your heart rate, burn fat, and sculpt your muscles, resistance exercises, flexibility moves, and a cooldown to lower the heart rate, body temperature, and breathing rate.
Here are the best tips to help you whip yourself into shape:
- Build the habit into your daily routine: select carefully the days you can exercise at home and stick to these 2 or 3 fitness sessions per week.
- Designate a workout space at home: it will really help you to get in the mindset of continuing this habit. You can also store your fitness equipment in this area so it will be easier to kick off your next workout session. You can even make the space your own workout haven by posting a printout with your favourite motivational quote on the wall, or pictures of your “body goal”.
- Find online videos you love: if you're not familiar with exercising but want to start working out at home regularly, there are a lot of great online videos to help you get fit. From yoga through HIIT and strength training… You can choose whatever you want to do with very minimal equipment!
- Invest in quality athletic apparel: although you don't need the most expensive clothing, you will be much more likely to stick with a workout routine if you love what you are wearing and if it’s comfortable and functional, like clothes made with dry-fit or sweat-wicking fabrics.
- Remember that working out at home can be as hard as you want it to be. You don't need fancy machines to feel sore and strong.
- Get a high-intensity interval training workout app. If you already have a fitness routine and you want to tweak it a little bit, there are so many free HIIT workout apps that are easy to use. They are the perfect way to set your work to rest intervals, as well as sets. And you can get your heart rate up while focusing on strength work.
- Exercise early in the morning. When you're at home, it's easy to find something else that needs to be done. According to a study, morning exercisers are more likely to stick with their workouts. Working out first thing in the morning is the best way to avoid distractions: phone, cat or dog, kids, the Internet, etc.
Remember one last thing: listening to your body is key. You should not experience any pain during or after the exercise. Mild soreness during 1 to 2 days is normal but acute bone or joint pain that does not subside with time means you are probably doing something wrong.
Would you rather join a gym or workout at home? Tell us in the comments!