Ready to get in shape but not crazy about the gym? Check out our tips on how to make the most of your home work out.
Working out from home doesn’t have to be mundane or boring. It can be as energetic and high-calorie burning as you’d like. Also, there are more options than ever before when it comes to working out from home. Whether you’re into Peloton bikes and tapping into live virtual indoor cycle classes, have a little bit of gym equipment or download an app, there is something for everyone. Below are some tips to help you make the most of your home workout.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need access to a gym or loads of expensive equipment to get your best body. Here are a few key pieces of equipment you can find at a local store or online. They are multipurpose use when it comes to maximizing working out at home.
- Resistance Bands – get a set of a few different thicknesses and lengths. These are great for upper, lower, and core workouts alike and can be done with your body or the use of looping the band around a door or handle.
- Dumbbells: Either a set of adjustable weights or a smaller set of two weights will do. It doesn’t have to be the heaviest thing to have an impact. You can use these for shoulder, back, core, and even leg workouts but doing squats and deadlifts.
- Kettlebell: Same as the above, grab one with a decent weight and utilize it for squats, hip thrusts, and arnold presses to increase strength.
- Discs: Little plastic discs can be used on hands and feet for resistance work on the floor.
- Jumprope: Use this indoor or outdoor to get your cardio heart rate up.
- Pivo: Keept track of your progress by recording your movement and reviewing your form and posture.
Apps and classes
Next, we will introduce another tool you can use – apps and virtual classes. Peloton is a great example of online virtual classes that are able to be done from the comfort of your own home to tap into a guided workout. The SWEAT App is an affordable option, starting at $19.99 a month loaded with months worth of workouts ranging from minimal equipment to full on strength training, yoga, and everything in between. Users can set their equipment availability within the app to adjust workouts as needed. Another great way to start moving is the Nike Run Club app. This is free and pulls users into competing with mileage with friends and anonymous users the world over. The app also comes with some guided runs varied by length, training, sprints, and more to keep you engaged and motivated.
Finally, like all aspects of working out, the best laid plans are only executed with consistency and good habits. Set a time to workout each day and stick to it. The best time is the time that works the best for you. If you’re an early riser, knock it out first thing each day. If you prefer to get work done straight away and find yourself with a little time and energy in the afternoon or evening, save it for then. No matter what schedule or form of exercise you choose, pick something that works for you and gets you excited. This is what will deliver results in the long run.