Working out is tough but doing so at home creates a more comfortable and supportive environment. This could also lead to a lackadaisical approach to exercise since in many instances there is no trainer present there.
That does not mean that training in your own home has to be sub-par. On the contrary, there are many ways to get a great workout right in your living room or backyard. Keep reading to find out how.
Download An App
Maximize your home routine with a workout app. There is a multitude of exercise apps available from the app store and Google play. Some cost a few bucks but others like the Spartan home workout app assist with your goals in various ways for free. Upon installation, you will be able to choose from among ten different types of workouts. These incorporate over one hundred and forty exercises that target twelve muscle groups. Customize your very own routines and fluctuate between three levels of difficulty. You get to save even more money as no equipment is required for any of the exercises.
Choose An Ideal Location
Select an area in your home where you have privacy and won’t be interrupted. Also, take into account the amount of space required for the exercises you plan on doing. If you’re exercising during the day, pick somewhere shaded and breezy. Facing away from windows will help minimize distractions. A room with a door that can be closed or locked would be great. Let the children and spouse or significant other know that you’re about to begin your routine and should not be disturbed. Put any pets on the outside.
Narrow Down Your Goal
It will be easier to accomplish if you know exactly what it is you want out of the exercise. Many people want a skill improvement combination of flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance. The America Heart Association agrees that all four aspects should be included in a healthy exercise routine. Choose to focus on a different aspect every time you exercise that way the routine does not become repetitive. You may also consider specifying certain body parts to work out on different days. This allows for rest and recovery periods for those body parts not targeted on that specific day.
Set both long and short-term goals. Every time you accomplish a short-term goal add a level of difficulty to it. This may look something like spending an extra five minutes working out or increasing your weight limit from ten pounds to fifteen. You continue pushing yourself and the results will show. Never, however, overwork yourself. Know your limits.
Take Time To Warm Up
Warming up is still important no matter if you plan on doing some crunches or a more intense HIIT workout. Give your body some time to prepare for what is to come. Do some stretches or some low-intensity exercises that mimic what your workout will entail. Slowly increase the intensity. This will help better your performance while safeguarding you from injury.
During the exercise, pay attention to your posture. Using a mirror can help you check on your form if you are working out alone. Always remember, it is better to do fewer reps and sets but doing them well than many done incorrectly. You would have wasted time and placed your body under unnecessary strain. If you are unsure of the proper way to carry out any exercise, pull up a corresponding youtube video from a certified professional and follow along.
Use What You Have And Do Only As Much As You Can
There is no need to worry about purchasing exercise equipment. There is usually a DIY solution for whatever exercise you intend to do. Bicep curls but no dumbbell? No sweat. Fill an empty water bottle of an appropriate size to act as your weight. No exercise bike? Do brisk walks up and down your stairs. Do not let your lack discourage you.
If you are supposed to exercise but feel void of motivation or are simply drained of all energy, don’t beat yourself up. Take a rest. There are times like these for everyone. Resolve to come back stronger the next time.
Working out in the comfort of your abode has been made easy. Step one, download an app or pull up a youtube video. Following along with credible video demonstrations will ensure you get a good workout while maintaining proper form. Have your goal set in mind and do what you can to meet it but don’t become overcome by discouragement if you fail to. There’s always tomorrow.