So the sight of all those fancy machines in the gym scares you. Or you prefer exercising in the comfort of your own house. Working out at home is great, not to forget extremely convenient. All you need is basic equipment, good music and the willpower to work out. But you also need to know the right way to go about it. Here are the top six rules to get in shape while working out at home.
Start off right by choosing a workout that you enjoy. Love music? Shake a leg with Zumba. Like cardio but get bored with walking or jogging on the treadmill? High intensity interval training (HIIT) is your saviour. Prefer resistance training? Get a pair of adjustable dumbbells and pump some iron. The key to being consistent with your fitness regime is making it fun.
Just because you’re working out at home doesn’t mean you break a sweat in your PJs. Just show up like you’re ready to workout in proper clothes and shoes. This not only gets you in the mood to begin with, but also helps prevent injuries. Also, invest in equipment depending on what exercise form you want to follow. For bodyweight circuit workouts, get basic (and relatively inexpensive) equipment like resistance bands, a yoga mat and adjustable dumbbells.
Schedule a workout time every day and stick to it. Chalk it into your calendar, set a phone reminder or even post sticky notes on your cupboard. As the days go by, you’ll find yourself relying on these reminders lesser. Experts say it takes 21 days to create a permanent habit. So consistently work out for that long and you’ll soon see the difference.
This means not skipping warm up exercises before and cooling down after your workout. Pay attention to your breathing pattern and your core muscles while working out. Following these basics reduces chances of injuries, which means fewer setbacks to your fitness goals. Another point to keep in mind is that exercise is all about progressive overload. Don’t get stuck doing the same workout over and over again. Once your body gets used to it, your progress will grind to a halt. So set new goals and keep building up your workout intensity or repetitions.
Get rid of those distractions while working out. Yes, that also means putting your phone on silent mode and ignoring family members who want to chat. These seem like minor things, but can interrupt your workout and make you lose momentum.
Keep a track of your daily exercise schedule (and don’t cheat!). This will provide valuable feedback, help you chart your progress and upgrade your workouts when required. It will also make it easier to return to your fitness regime if you ever fall off the bandwagon.