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Getting Fit from Home

With the winter months lurking around the corner, you might be afraid that your current workout routine is in jeopardy. Fortunately, on all those days when your bed seems like a haven from the frosty world between you and your gym, there is always the option to exercise at home.

Create space

Your home workout is going to require some room. You might be stretching out into a yoga pose or jumping your way through plyometrics, so be sure the room you exercise in can accommodate. Generally, a living room or basement is going to be the best bet. You can push the coffee table out of the way, if necessary.

Home gym equipment

You might have decided to workout at home to avoid steep gym costs and are now wondering if you’re about to spend more money. Don’t worry! An effective home workout won’t break your budget. Depending upon how physically fit you are, you’ll need a few different sets of hand weights. A good range is three to 20 pounds. You can always use your own body weight to train your muscles, but you’ll eventually want to challenge yourself to do more as you are physically able. Weights can be purchased at a relatively inexpensive price by looking at discount stores.

If you’re an avid yoga pro, you probably already have a mat. A mat is also a great tool for anyone to comfortably perform floor exercises like push-ups or sit-ups. Resistance bands or tension cords are also inexpensive tools that can add variety to your resistance training.

There are plenty of workout videos online that do not use equipment if you really don’t want to spend the money. So no matter what your preference, working out at home can be effective and inexpensive.

Use what you have

Exercising at home offers a few features you may not have thought of before, like your staircase becoming your new stairmaster. Doing a few laps up and down is sure to have you feeling the burn.

Give a jump rope (if your ceiling is high enough) or a hula hoop a whirl. Along with jumping jacks or jogging in place, these are easy ways to burn extra calories when incorporated into interval training.

Get some privacy

One of the major bummers about exercising in the gym is the amount of people around you. It’s easy to get self-conscious when the guy next to you is benching the equivalent of a car. You don’t have to worry about that at home. Instead, you can focus on what you’re doing while constantly checking your form.

Try to workout at times of the day when no one else is home. That way you won’t become distracted or self-conscious. Fighting your family for time and space can be a challenge, and children have a tendency to want to climb all over you when you are doing push-ups or planks.

Create a routine

It’s really easy to slack off on your exercise at home because the space doesn’t feel like a gym and the atmosphere is comfortable. That’s why it’s extra important to choose a regular time to set aside for exercise. If you honor that time, you are more likely to maintain your regimen and get results.