With a worldwide pandemic and gyms shuttering and closing due to Covid-19, there has never been a better time to start a home workout routine. Although commercial gym memberships and equipment can be a little pricey, you can get started working out at home.
After all, there are plenty of reasons to do so!
If you are thinking about training from home for any reason, here are some reasons to consider how to begin working out in the comfort of your own home. Privacy to exercise at a time that pleases you. With no operating hours to worry about, you can exercise in the morning, afternoon, late in the evening, whatever suits your schedule. You won’t have to pay for an expensive gym membership. No commute to get there, saving you plenty of time not having to drive back and forth from the gym, crawling slowly through traffic. And, perhaps best of all, you can start training while still in your pajamas.
Prepare for success by warming up properly
The first step to any workout program is warming up properly and thoroughly. Here’s a great way to do that. Get a portable high-intensity workout machine such as a rowing machine or elliptical trainer and bring it with you. Workout for up to half an hour each session. This will get your heart rate up and make it easier to keep the workouts focused on intense goals. Then, after warming up, you can move onto your stretching exercises and your weight training exercises.
If you plan on starting an exercise program designed to strengthen your entire body, such as rock climbing or mountain biking, there are some great workouts available that don’t take much space. Some are stationary bike rides, while others involve stair stepping or jumping jacks. These low-impact workouts provide cardiovascular benefits, while building muscle tone at the same time. You can get such a program designed for your needs, from simple bike rides to mountain-biking adventures.
Yoga is a great full-body option for home workouts
Yoga is another popular option for a workout and one that frequently brings confidence and happiness through exercise. Yoga programs designed for both home use and studio use, offer yoga workouts using special equipment. Yoga uses breathing techniques combined with postures to get your heart rate up, while helping you to relax and let go of stress. You can also find free yoga videos online, which feature a variety of different poses.
If you enjoy yoga but you’re looking for something a little more challenging, you may be surprised to learn that you have a number of other options available. For example, you can easily get started on a skipping rope workout, which involves putting your body through a series of jumping exercises. The nice thing about this type of workout is that you do not need a lot of space to get started, so if you don’t have a large studio available, you can start practicing yoga in your pajamas and in the comfort of your own home or garage.
As the weather warms, you will also have the option of taking your workout to the great outdoors. There is perhaps nothing better than getting a little bit of sun, fresh air, and a good workout all at the same time, all without having to compete for machines at the gym or worry about catching anything from other gymgoers. All of the wins!
The benefits of HIIT for your home workout routine
Another good option is to try high-intensity interval training. This type of workout is similar to the skipping rope, in that it provides a cardio workout without adding much weight. But it offers much more than that. With high-intensity workouts, you burn so many calories during each session that you can literally lose weight in a matter of days. However, you’ll still be able to stop and stretch if you want. These workouts are popular among celebrities and fitness experts alike, because they are some of the best workouts available today. The type of equipment that you can use for HIIT is also pretty open–you can use a jump rope, do jumping jacks, or use your favorite kettlebell.
Of course, if you’re someone who prefers to exercise without a lot of stress, there are also plenty of zero equipment programs available to choose from as well. There are plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do. The only limit when it comes to bodyweight exercises is your imagination. From air squats to push ups to crunches to jumping jacks, there is literally no end to the ways that you can crank up your home based workout routine.
Many people use home exercise equipment as their only form of physical activity, simply because they don’t like the idea of relying on a machine to help them get in shape. There are plenty of programs available that feature no equipment at all, just a simple set of pushups, sit-ups, and stretches. Even some people who do use machines say that these kinds of workouts are simply easier than regular workouts because there is less stress on the body.
No matter which way you decide to get started with your home workout, you should always start slow and easy. The name of the game with any kind of fitness program is making sure that you can keep doing it over the long term. This means that you should ease into your new workout routine or fitness program. Don’t expect to be jumping right off the couch into your high-intensity cardio routine the next day.
Take it easy, build up your stamina, and stick with your routine for a while. When you make your primary goal with your new home workout routine sustainability, the gains and weight loss you are looking for a start to take care of themselves. Over time, you’ll be surprised at just how effective your new workout routine can be, and you may even find that it’s one of the most effective ways to get started into a more comprehensive strength training regimen later on down the road!