Working out can be enjoyable, dreaded, expensive, or cheap. It all depends on the person. Some people love to go to the gym and get their sweat on. Meanwhile, people like me, find working out in public a form of torture. I’m not much of a fitness guru, so I don’t love the idea of people watching me struggle through my pilates movements or break a sweat with my superlightweight dumbbells. These are 6 tips for people who work out at home like me.
The hardest part about working out from home is it can become tempting to not work out. At home, there are many distractions like the dishes that need to be washed, the laundry that needs to be folded, that season of The Good Place that still must be watched. The best way to avoid this plethora of distractions is to set a time dedicated to working out. Mark it out on your calendar. If you want to work out every night at 7 pm, mark it out on your calendar every single day. Maybe you just want to work out every Saturday at 9 am, mark it out. Mark it and hold yourself accountable to it. Establishing a habit of following your workout time can be tricky at first, but it pays off.
I like to use online exercise videos to guide my workout. I don’t know a lot of workouts by memory, so having the video helps me know moves to do, how to do them, and how long to do them for. Using videos can also help you stay focused on your workout for the right amount of time. If you are looking to do a 30-minute workout, pull up a 30-minute video and studiously follow along.
Find Your Favorite Exercise
Working out from home can limit what exercise you can do based on the space and equipment you have available. You might not have a cycling machine or set of weights, but you can still find ways to work out. You could try pilates, Zumba, weight lifting, or yoga. One of the simplest workouts from home is to just run. Running around the neighborhood is free and a great workout. Try all different types of exercise until you find one, or several, that you enjoy doing.
Take Care of Your Body
Be careful when you workout to pay attention to your body. Stay hydrated, use good form while you exercise, and do warm-up stretches to try to prevent injuries. If you start running and notice that your heel aches every time you wake up in the morning, you might have plantar fasciitis.
Tetonfootandankle.com says this can be treated with foot support inserts and anti-inflammatories, but that sometimes it may require surgery to treat. If you find yourself with an injury from working out, treat it. The goal of working out is to help your body feel healthier. Keep this in mind while you work out and remember it if you become frustrated with any injuries you have to spend time treating.
I mentioned before that the main goal of working out is to help you feel healthier. To achieve this goal, you’ll want to set smaller goals like 1) workout for 30 minutes every day this week, 2) run 2 miles, etc. These smaller goals will help you feel a sense of accomplishment as you begin to complete them.
Working out from home can be tricky, but it also can be an inexpensive, private, and enjoyable option to staying fit. Have patience with yourself, but hold yourself accountable to your workout schedule goals. Hopefully, you’ll be feeling healthier and happier with your at-home workouts.