Staying fit at home can be difficult because you’re not surrounded by tons of gym equipment or other people with the same goals. Fortunately, working out at home is a lot easier than driving to the gym before or after work and more comfortable.
Exercise and staying fit have tons of benefits, including better physical and mental health, improved circulation, increased mood, stress reduction, and a boosted immune system. While it may not always be easy, you can establish a consistent exercise routine to stay fit at home.
Establish Your Goals and a Plan
The first step to staying fit at home is to establish your goals. It doesn’t matter if your goal is to lose weight or simply reduce stress and boost your mood, the best way to achieve it is to set a firm goal and create a plan of action. If you’re trying to lose weight, make sure to set a realistic goal like losing ten lbs in three or six months, then create a plan for how you’ll do this.
Your plan should include a routine of working out. If you’ve ever had a gym membership, you know that going to the gym or a fitness class creates a structured routine that can help you stay on top of your goals. You can still stay motivated and build a routine at home, but it will require a little more discipline. Try blocking out a certain time each day for your work out and dedicate a space in your home for your exercise. It doesn’t have to be a large space, just something that can give you enough room, depending on the type of workouts you’ll be doing.
When you work out, try to avoid distractions like a call from your boss or any household chores. Once you establish a routine, typically in a few days to a week, you’ll have an easier time getting yourself to work out without distractions so that you can maximize your time.
Take Your Workout Outside
If you ever get bored of working out in your house, try taking your workout outside. While you might not be an Olympic runner, you can still benefit from taking a run or even a walk in comfortable track shoes around the neighborhood or local track. Similarly, if you have a yard or space outside, you can take your yoga or pilates mat out there and work on anything that you’ve learned before.
If you’d prefer, you can even just go outside to stretch and let the sun wake you up so that you have the energy for your workout. Fresh air can give you that extra boost you need to get started.
If you can afford to purchase some gym equipment, it will help you include variety in your workouts. While you can do yoga every single day, you might better reach your fitness goals by adding variety to your workout routine. Similarly, there are tons of weight training machines out there that don’t take up tons of space that you can lease or buy.
Of course, you don’t have to buy gym equipment to stay fit at home. Instead, you might just need a yoga mat and your favorite video on YouTube.
Take Virtual Classes
You don’t have to go anywhere to take fitness classes like pilates and yoga. Instead, you can take them right in your living room. Virtual classes are a great idea for those who need the extra push to start a fitness routine as you’ll have someone telling you the moves to do and how to do them. You don’t need to have a personal trainer come to your house when you can utilize their help remotely.
Track Your Progress
One of the most important things you can do is track your progress. No matter what your goals are, you can track them and record them so that you can reflect on your journey to help keep you motivated. Even if your initial goals were to feel more awake throughout the day, you could track your feelings after working out and record how restful your sleep is on the days that you workout. By looking at your progress, you’ll feel inspired to take on each workout and motivated to stay fit at home.