How to set up your home-based exercise program for success.
At various times this year, the coronavirus pandemic caused exercise venues to shut down for extended periods – from baseball fields to swimming pools, yoga studios and fitness centres. However, that situation effectively gave new breath to the home workout as a viable alternative. While many would agree it doesn’t offer the same experience, there are advantages to an at-home fitness regime that can deliver the same desirable results. If you’re interested in working out at home, here are some ideas to get and keep you moving.
Give yourself some space
Where possible, designate an area where you can move freely enough to accommodate your workout activity without disrupting other members of your household. That said, consider this an opportunity to get other family members or cohabitants on board. Tell them what you’re aiming to accomplish and invite them to join you. Working out together can be more fun and add some extra inspiration.
Choose your equipment
What kind of exercise do you prefer? The choices are limitless, but any activity will likely require some equipment. Simple stretching, yoga or Pilates doesn’t require much more than a mat, but be prepared to fork over some cash if you want to add a stationary bike, a treadmill or a collection of free weights or other apparatus. Our Website is a great place to shop for home exercise equipment if you’re unsure your preference for a particular type of exercise will endure.
Set your goals
This is the easy part. Envision achieving even the smallest of goals. If you want to lose weight, be more active, strengthen and tone muscle, build stamina, or simply feel healthier, exercise in just about any form will eventually deliver the results you want. But knowing what you’re aiming for is key to success.
Alternate and stay the course
Being satisfied with your fitness effort largely depends on recognizing that it takes time. Every workout is another step towards achieving your goals. To stay motivated, try stepping out of your comfort zone to keep things fresh – you might even discover a passion for something new. Don’t be afraid to alternate between high- and low-intensity workouts to check all the boxes that contribute to good health.
Mind your mental wellness
Your mind is involved in everything you do, including exercising, eating right and managing stress, so strengthening your mental fitness is just as important as being physically fit. If you’re not happy or motivated about exercising, it will be harder to achieve your goals. Not every workout session has to involve working up a sweat and racing for the finish line. Spending time being creative, gardening, birdwatching, hiking, meditating or listening to music can do a lot to lift your spirits and improve your mood. There’s just as much satisfaction to be gained in attaining a healthy state of mind as there is in being physically content.
A final tip: Finding the will to work out regularly at home can take real determination, but in a way, it’s a lot like striving to achieve your financial goals; after you get started, it gets easier to keep going. Remember to go at your own pace – and don’t forget to celebrate every new level of achievement.