Gyms are obviously a great way to become healthier but they are not the only way. If you don’t like going to the gym during the cold months, or simply can’t make it to the gym due to time constraints, at home fitness can be just as effective. The question is, how can I make it just as effective as going to the gym? Well here are our top tips to making fitness at home the most effective that it can be.
Create a Space:
This may not seem like a no brainer but having a designated space to exercise will make all the difference. When you exercise at home it is easy to get distracted during your workouts answering a “quick” email. Or you get invested into one of your favorite tv shows. Simply having a designated space to workout free from tv, computers, will improve your at home fitness.
Move, Move, Move:
Utilize the space that you have. Don’t get stuck into performing exercises that are stationary. Include some plyometrics, sprints or anything that gets you moving. The importance here is to get your heart rate up. While you should perform your strength training, it is difficult to get your heart rate up and burn fat. So get moving and get your heart rate up in between your strength based exercises.
Buy the equipment that is important for you. There is no need to buy equipment that you won’t use, just to have it in case that will take up space. Bands, light weights, kettlebells, and bands are a great place to begin. These are versatile pieces of equipment that can be utilized is a variety of weighs. Most importantly, they won’t break the bank either.
Keep them Quick:
The most effective at home workouts are the quick ones. When your workouts are up tempo, structured and performed correctly, this is when at home workouts are the most effective. Go in with a plan of what you want to accomplish, eliminate distractions, and attack it. Try to keep at home workouts around 30 minutes but no longer than 45.
Written by GUADS staff member Patrick with contributions from www.womenshealth.com; edited by staff member Emily