Your gym has been temporarily shut down because of COVID-19 concerns. You might be wrong to think that you are unable to get a great workout at home because you don’t have the right equipment.
There are many simple ways to move at home. These are some helpful tips to help you choose a home exercise program, stick with it and see the best results.
1. Select your home gym
You can designate a place in your home to be your workout area. To have many options for a productive and efficient workout, you only need to give yourself a corner the same size as a yoga mat.
2. Wear your workout clothes
Dress up as if you are actually going to the gym. When you wear athletic clothes, it will feel more like you are exercising.
It might be a good idea to get out your running shoes and run around the yard for 15 minutes. This is a great way for you to warm up before starting your workout.
Running shoes are also a good investment. It is important to take care of your feet. Do your research on the best shoe for you to wear for your workout.
Wood suggests that you reward yourself with new shoes, or a new outfit for your workout after you achieve a goal. This is only possible if you have the budget.
3. Do not worry about your gym equipment
Most likely, you won’t require that much equipment.
Wood says that there are many exercises for body-weight. Planking, push-ups, and body-weight squats are some of my favorites. These three exercises work for many muscle groups simultaneously. These exercises allow you to build muscle and burn calories with fewer movements. To reduce injury risk, it is important to follow proper form. These three exercises can be used to create your own circuit.
You have many options if you only have the basics such as a mat and hand weights. It’s a smart idea to have at least two sets of weights in case you need them
You can also use soup cans and water bottles to increase resistance if you don’t own hand weights. Other equipment that might be useful include resistance bands and a foam roller. This equipment can be used to help stretch and pamper your muscles before a workout.
4. Get new workouts with your device
You don’t have to make your own circuits. That’s okay. You can find many routines online, including through apps, and many of them are free.
GetFit: Home Workouts & Gym, Fitplan: Gym & Personal Training, and the Tone It up app are all options. These programs offer a variety of workouts you can do anywhere, anytime. Many are available for free. Some offer a free trial to let you see if they are right for you before you commit to buying them.
Smart speakers can be used to help you with a home workout. If you are looking for a quick way to burn calories and get in some exercise, Alexa can create five-minute workouts.
Spotify also allows you to create a free, energizing playlist. You can choose songs that will get you going, and change your playlist from time to time to keep it interesting.
5. Realistic fitness goals
Take it slow, be patient and take care of your body. It doesn’t mean you have to rush. Instead, set a realistic goal for yourself and stick to it. It might be possible to do it three days per week. You will become more comfortable as you do more.
Do you work from home or have you been working at home because of the COVID-19 situation recently? You might be interested in other ways to keep active while you are away from home. You can track your reps and times, and set yourself a challenge to improve. Wood suggests that this is a great way for you to track your progress and motivate yourself to improve.
Try your best to not make excuses. Wood says, “Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Schedule a time for exercise that suits you, regardless of whether you are a morning person or night-time person.” You will feel better and more satisfied if you make it your own.