If you're someone who dislikes crowded gyms and would rather sweat it out in the comfort of your own home, then it's important to make sure you know how to make the most of your at-home exercising. When you're jumping around in an environment that is not naturally designed for these types of movements and such intense energy, you can run into some obstacles. Taking ample time to plan, organize and set everything up properly is worth it to ensure safety and workout success. Here are some tips that can help you maximize your home workouts.
1. Set aside an area in your home to be your "workout spot."
This can be done essentially anywhere—in a basement, large living room or even a relatively small space—as long as the area is free of any potentially dangerous objects that may put a damper on your exercising. For example, if you're utilizing kettlebells during your at-home workouts, it's probably not a good idea to exercise in a room where your fine china cabinets or big-screen TV are at risk of incurring damage from a swing gone awry. If you're able to safely and effectively perform basic exercises like jogging, sit-ups, jumping jacks and lunges—and can comfortably extend your limbs and move around—the space is probably good.
2. Avoid giving in to distractions, set a schedule and maintain focus.
If you're working out in a room with windows, at the same time that the neighborhood dog walker strolls by with a parade of vocal pooches, it's easy to imagine how you could lose focus on the task at hand. Likewise, if you have kids, try to choose a time when they are occupied in the home or even out for the day, so you know you will be able to dedicate some time to working on your fitness. Whichever time you choose to work out, try to consistently work out at that same time to get yourself into a routine. When you know your workout starts at 7 AM, three days a week, for example, you should be able to get into a mental routine as well, with a better grasp on your focus and concentration.
3. Go in with a plan.
One of the most important parts of having an effective home workout is to make sure you have a routine planned before you begin. If you're not creative or unsure about how to plan workouts off the top of your head, exercise DVDs can be very helpful and are easy to follow. Instead of stressing out about how many reps you should do or if you should focus more on cardio compared to strength training, workout DVDs typically provide a well-balanced workout that target multiple—or all—areas to give you a total body workout. Stock up on a bunch of DVDs so you can alternate workouts and avoid plateauing from doing the same thing over and over.
4. Prepare as if you're going to the local gym.
This means no working out in your pajamas or in a half-hearted state. One of the most important parts of maximizing at-home workouts is to take every step you can to make it feel like you're in an actual gym, albeit one in which you live. Put on comfortable workout clothes and wear appropriate, supportive athletic shoes to avoid injury. Try to make the space as gym-like as possible, and if this means a little more cleanup to keep you focused, then it will be worth it to know that you are putting all of your effort into achieving your fitness goals. Always have a water bottle handy and try to have exercise equipment accessible, if possible.
5. Get equipment if you can, and take advantage of household objects.
If you're not in the market for high-tech fitness equipment, there are plenty of small, portable and affordable exercise tools that can help you out. It's a good idea to have an arsenal of workout equipment at home that is readily available. An exercise ball, free weights, dumbbells, jump rope, kettlebells and resistance bands are all great to have to switch up your exercises and challenge your body. However, if you are able to develop your home gym a bit more and are willing to spend a little extra cash, a treadmill, stair stepper or exercise bike are several pieces that are worth it in terms of the widespread body benefits they can provide. Additionally, items already in your house, like stairs, chairs and walls can also be used to perform exercises.
6. Keep an energizing and motivating playlist ready.
Music can give you that extra push you might need to start, continue or finish your workout. Take the time to put together a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs to get you in the mood to kick some butt during your sweat sessions.
7. Don't work out near your kitchen or anywhere food is in sight.
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you're doing push-ups next to your kitchen, suddenly those leftovers from last night might look pretty appealing. It's best to avoid anything that can steer you off track, and only reach for a healthy snack after your workout, not during it.
8. Keep your fridge stocked with healthy foods.
When you do eventually make your way to the kitchen post-workout, there should be plenty of healthy options for you to choose from. A banana and a protein shake are great post-workout snacks that can help feed your muscles and improve recovery. In addition, tuna, hummus or low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit are three other healthy options that can provide nourishment without counteracting all of your hard work with ingredients that are bad for you.
We hope these tips are able to help you have better at-home workouts. Thank you for reading, and come back next time for more eVitamins health news!