We hear about it everyday. In some form of a newspaper article or magazine. On the radio or television advertisements. Exercising is good for you and your health. But yet for many of us we just simply don’t have the time to head to a gym each day. After a long day at work, the last thing we might want to do is get sweaty with a bunch of people we don’t know.
However, right now life is a little different. While gyms are open some of us are just not comfortable with working out in them. We can all feel a little isolated right now, and in some cases, seeing the news can have us feeling anxious and deflated on what is to come. However, there is no doubt that exercise has many benefits including helping us to feel better with our mental health and wellbeing. So if you find yourself time poor or worried about being in the gym then exercising at home could be the perfect scenario for you. Ever wondered what you could do from home or what you need to think about to make the most out of a home workout? Here are some of the essentials.
Have the right activewear for the occasion
One of the first things to think about us having the right activewear for the sort of exercising that you are doing at home. Just because you are at home, it is not an excuse to not protect yourself by wearing the right level of gear. Activewear such as leggings and sports bras can help you to feel supported when taking on exercise at home. Plus you may feel less self-conscious if this is a worry to you, so you are more likely to embrace the clothes. As you start to exercise more frequently you may notice a difference in how you look in the clothing.
Ensure that you can do the exercises correctly
It is also important that you can do the exercises correctly. This is when you may need to wear glasses while doing some of the exercise. Perhaps so you can follow a workout on the TV for example, you could have a look online at websites like Eyeglasses.com to see what frames are available. Perhaps having a specific set for working out that is able to stay on your head while doing cardio exercise. You should also make sure you protect yourself, especially if you plan on doing weights.
The right footwear is still important
Again just as you need to wear the right gear while working out, it is essential that youa have the correct footwear that is also supportive. Having the right trainer with protected insoles can make sure that you feel able to perform the exercises correctly. Running shoes for running and specific types of trainers for other forms of exercise. You should treat it exactly the same as you would working out in the gym environment.
Create your own gym at home
Sometimes, as much as heading to a gym is great, we just want to go home and relax or just avoid them right now because of the worry of the news. But if you had a gym at home you could get the best of both worlds. This gives you the chance to workout at your own speed in a comfortable environment. You could consider equipment like a treadmill, or cross trainer. It can be as big or as small as you want it to be but make it suitable for the type of exercise that you enjoy doing. It might seem like a big investment right now. But if you cancel a gym membership that you don’t use, you may start to see the benefits of having a gym at home instead.
Make the use out of your stairway
If you have a home with stairs, then you have one of the best exercises just waiting for you to utilise. Running up and down the stairs a few times extra each day is a great cardio workout, but also is good for leg toning. Doing it ten times each day will increase your fitness levels and takes no time at all. It may sound like such a small thing to do, but the nature of exercising is simply ensuring that we raise out heart rate. How you do it is completely up to you. So why not utilise those stairs?
The garden is the perfect setting
Exercising in the fresh air is a great way to boost how you feel mentally as well as physically. So your garden is the perfect setting to take advantage of. You could use your garden furniture as supports for press ups or for toning your arms. You can do a cardio workout by jogging on the spot and skipping. Getting outside can give you a real boost, so take advantage of it.
Use household items to vary your routine
Your home is full of great options that you can use while exercising. Tins of vegetables or beans make great weights, along with a heavy melon being used as an alternative to a kettlebell. Take a look round your home and see what you can take advantage of. You will be surprised by some of the things that you have around your home that can help you to get more out of exercising.
Purchase a gym workout DVD
Another thing to consider is that you can get the beauty of a full aerobic workout from your living room. By purchasing a workout DVD, you get the benefit of a trainer offering you different exercises and encouragement. Without even leaving your home. Quite often they are designed for being done in your home so you don’t need a lot of space. You could consider yoga DVDs as well as weight training. The options are endless.
Let’s hope this has encouraged you to make more out of your home when it comes to exercising. Now you have no excuse.