I don’t know about you, but during the warmer months I’m much more likely to ditch the gym and get in a run outside, or a workout at home or in the backyard. Sure the gym can be great with all the machines available and various classes to take part in, but the summer months can also be a great time to save a little money and put that membership on hold for a couple months. So, here are 4 ways to workout at home and ditch the gym for a little while:
Work up a sweat
Cardio is usually my main focus, I think that’s true for most runners and a lot of fitness-minded people. It’s an important part of maintaining weight and a healthy metabolism. You can strap on your shoes and hit the pavement, exploring your neighborhood in a whole new way. But if you don’t have the space to run or cycle in your area, you can get your cardio in at home. Try aerobic fitness or skipping, but they’re not the most efficient.
Cycling and running tend to be much better for cardio exercises that allow you to zone out and get your sweat on. There are plenty of electronic options like those shown at exercisebikesexpert.com that allow you to get all the benefits of those exercises right there in the home. It’s a good idea to choose those that allow you to work at different intensities. Our bodies gets used to exercise after some time so if you’re using your bike every day, you need to make sure it’s adjustable so that it’s always offering you a challenge – more resistance, great incline, etc…
Proper health and fitness isn’t all about burning fat. Building muscle is just as important. The weights that allow a more versatile range of exercises are important. For example, barbells allow for squats, for deadlifting, for bench pressing. Meanwhile, dumbbells and kettlebells, my personal favorite, have a near limitless number of uses that improve strength, balance, and mobility. For a home workout it’s better to go with free weights rather than machines, because not only are they cheaper but they are also easier to maintain. Using free weights helps you work on your posture and find your own balance, rather than being hampered by a machine that makes it easy for you.
Host a class of one
Use the environment of the home itself for the range of movement exercises that weights alone can’t provide. If you have enough space for a yoga mat, then you don’t need a paid instructor. Instead, yoga apps like yogastudioapp.com can teach you all you need to know. If yoga isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other fitness apps and YouTube videos out there that will walk you through the exercises. Heck, you can even rent DVDs from the library and just follow along.
Your personal trainer
Beyond a range of equipment and classes fit to help you include a broader range of exercises, one of the reasons people go to the gym is to make use of the personal trainers there that keep them motivated and help them measure and reach goals. However, with personal training apps, you can get a lot of that done without having to pay the gym fee. I have a number of these apps on my phone and use them frequently both inside and outside the gym.
Balance is what’s important above all else. Your home gym routine should provide the options to work on cardio, on building strength, and on improving mobility and flexibility. Once you have the whole range on offer at home, you might not need that gym anymore – or at least you can take a break from hanging out with the gym rats and get your sweat on from the comfort of your own home.
Have any tips of your own you want to share? Would love to hear what your suggestion for ways to workout at home.