If you’re like me, you like going to the gym, but would rather workout in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes it’s hard to even think of where to be. How can I do everything I need to without a full gym of equipment? Well, it’s much easier than you’d like and I’m going to teach you how!
5 elements of an effective fitness program.
- A warmup
- An aerobic workout
- Strength building exercises
- Flexibility moves
- A cool-down
All of this can be done at home! For a warmup you can go on a quick jog or walk outside or even do things like jumping jacks and high knees. For the aerobic workout, think of exercises that will get your heart rate up.
Types of Training:
You can jump rope, do a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) portion of your workout with exercises like mountain climbers, boxing moves, star jumps, whatever exercises you like! For the strength building if you have weights at home that’s great! You can definitely use them and do exercises such as bicep curls, weighted squats, etc. If not, no worries! Look for household items such as water jugs to lift or do body weight exercises such as air squats. I always like to end my workouts doing some kind of flexibility exercises. It’s very important to stretch and bring your heart rate down. All workouts do not need to include aerobic and strength together but make sure to always have a warmup and cool down and to incorporate both types of exercises throughout the week for best results.
Not sure where to start?
There are many fitness apps and websites that can help you get some workout ideas. I love finding workouts on Pinterest. There is such a large variety of options, you’ll never run out! Other days I am lacking motivation and really need something to follow along to. My current favorite app is called Daily Burn. They are doing a 60-day free trial so make sure you go download it ASAP! There are workouts of all types, for all skill levels. I just finished a HIIT one that kicked my butt (and included a warmup and cool down).
Written by GUADS member Bridget with contributions from www.webmd.com