Staying in shape is tough. It requires constant attention and it need ingraining into your life. We don’t all have the time to stop by the gym every day. more importantly we don’t all have the money to spend on expensive gym memberships. We all have busy lives but it is important to remember to squeeze some exercise time in. Luckily, there are ways you can do this in the home.
The important thing here is to make it part of your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be an hour long workout. Try to find 30 minutes at least three times a week and make it a habit. It should be as integral as eating or sleeping. It may be worth investing in some gym equipment at home. You can pick up a treadmill or bike at a fairly decent price. That way you’ll always have something on hand.
There are three main elements to working out and staying fit. The first is cardiovascular exercise. This is anything that gets your heart racing. Running, biking and aerobics are key examples of cardio exercise. It might seem difficult to do this in the home with such a lack of space! However, you don’t need to go running in the cold to satisfy your cardio needs. Try to find a cheap bike machine or pick up a treadmill from Orbit Fitness. If you don’t have room, a simple aerobics DVD or skipping rope will get your heart pumping. You can push yourself as hard as you want with these.
resistance training is the second of the three exercise groups. This refers to anything that pushes your muscles hard. It can involve everything from heavy weight training to simple muscle sculpting. This can be done in the home by doing push ups, abdominal crunches or squats. You can even do some of these while watching TV or cooking dinner. Try to incorporate them into your lifestyle. These can get boring without gym machines, so use the internet to research a variety of techniques. Keep it fun and change it up regularly.
The final exercise in the group is flexibility. This can be as simple as doing some stretches every morning when you wake up. For the more ambitious, teach yourself some Yoga and Pilates poses and set aside an evening every week. Again you can do this while watching TV so there really is no excuse.
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Remember to set goals
Finally, it’s important to set yourself goals. When you’re outside the gym environment, it can be difficult to motivate yourself. Keep a diary or journal and keep pushing yourself. Remember to to change things up so you are working different muscles. Plus, it will keep it interesting. Combine each of the activities above and set a routine for them. If it will help keep you motivated, invite a friend round or work out with your partner.
You don’t need to pay a lot of money for a fancy gym as long as you’re motivated. You can do all the same workouts at home with a little creativity. Work it into your daily life. Always remember to warm up and cool down before and after every session too.