With most of the country under stay-at-home orders and gyms and health clubs closed, many of us have decided to work out at home. For many this is the first time exercising from home, and for others, it’s a new fitness goal.
In this article, we look at three tips for working out at home. It takes some patience, a bit of creativity, and a lot of discipline to stick with it.
Tip #1: Listen to Your Body
If you used to work out with a trainer or through exercises classes, you are used to having someone talk you through your workouts. They create them for you and your fitness level.
In addition, they push you when it’s warranted, and they tell you to stop when they think you’ve done too much.
But, how do you switch gears and fulfill this role on your own?
You must listen to your body. What is it telling you? Is it too sore after a workout? Did you get a pulled muscle?
Your best bests are listening, changing course, setting goals, and not overdoing it. Of course, it’s always a good idea to take a hot tub soak after you exercise to soothe your body and feel better for the next day!
Tip #2: Create a Schedule
This is one of the hardest things about being at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Schedules are all out of shape. Many of us don’t even know what day it is!
The best thing you can do to stick with your new fitness routine is to create a schedule. For example, let your family know you are working out at 9 am every day.
Creating a routine keeps interruptions to a minimum while letting your family know this is your time.
Scheduling a workout means you’re more likely to stick to it. Put it in your calendar so you are less tempted to skip it.
Tip #3: Use Proper Form and Exercise Safely
Make sure to set realistic goals. For example, if you’ve never run five miles before, start out with one or two the first week.
Do all of your warm up and cool down exercises and take what you learned from the gym and put it into practice at home.
Consider doing some exercise in the house and some outside to break up the routine. Also, by running outside one day and lifting weights another day, you lower your risk of injury.
By putting these tips into practice, you’ll soon find that working out at home is just as effective as working out at the gym.
The added bonus? It’s a whole lot more affordable!