You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get in shape. In fact, you can successfully work out at home. Here’s what to do (and what not to do!).
Perhaps you’re the parent of young children or you’re a caregiver for your aging parents. Or, maybe you just don’t want to pay a gym to get the workout benefits you suspect you can get at home. No matter why you want to know how to work out at home, this post will share resources and options.
If you’re new to exercise, haven’t worked out in a while, or are recovering from injury or illness, talk to your doctor about any limitations you might have and/or the appropriate pace to follow. Then, start the exciting process of creating the best home workout routine for your needs.
There is no one right workout routine for everyone, but healthy workouts all tend to have certain components in common. According to the MayoClinic.org, these include:
- aerobic fitness exercises
- strength training
- core exercise training
- balance training
- flexibility exercises and stretching
You can find more information about each of these elements in the Mayo Clinic post. Note that you don’t need to include each of them in every workout but, overall, you’ll want to incorporate them into your regular workout routines.
Home Workout Plan Options
FitnessBlender.com shares ten different home workout plans for beginners, and it’s likely you’ll find one that’s right for you. Also take a look at Shape.com’s ultimate non-gym workout, one where you can can use your couch and just a few other items to get into great shape without ever leaving home. And, MensJournal.com offers eight at-home workouts to help men to lose weight and build muscle.
Workout Mistakes to Avoid
Once you commit to a workout routine, it’s tempting to be super-aggressive in your fitness quest. If 16 reps of a certain movement is good, you figure that 32 of them would be even better. Or, if using ten-pound free weights is helpful, then using 15- or 20-pound ones will double the benefit. Right?
Not necessarily. This is more likely a recipe for injury or burnout. Instead, create a solid workout foundation and then gradually increase what you’re doing, whether that means doing it longer, with more reps, with more weight or something else entirely.
Here’s another common workout mistake: comparing yourself and your fitness program to someone else’s. Each fitness journey is unique and you should continue to focus on what’s next for your own good health.
And, here’s something important to remember. Although exercise is a key factor in good health, so is nutrition. When you pair up these strategies—eating a well-balanced, healthy diet with regular exercise—that’s what supercharges your efforts. Don’t put all this effort into exercising without also cleaning up your diet, avoiding refined sugars and processed foods as much as possible.
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