If you think you’re just going to jump right into at-home workout routine, you might be surprised that it’s not all that easy. You need a game plan, or you’ll be left staring at your mat and dumbbells not knowing where to even begin, that is why In Shape designed home workout routines to help you achieve that.
Plot out your space…
Pick a spot that has room for at least a mat—this should be a large enough area for you to stretch and do core exercises—and try storing your equipment under the bed or in the closet to free up space when you aren’t working out.
Establish a schedule…
Now that you don’t have to arrive at the gym or studio at 6 p.m. sharp, you might find yourself putting off your home workout for a happy hour date with Netflix. Pretty soon, you might end up skipping your home workouts altogether. There is a simple solution, though: Create a consistent schedule, just like you would do if you signed up for a studio class or were going to the gym.
Applying the same logic to your home workouts by scheduling your exercise will help you better stick to your routine.
And remember that no matter where you’re choosing to workout, consistency is key: “Over time, your body will build up strength, endurance, and stamina as a result of regular physical activity, “It’s the only way to progress, rather than plateau.” To figure out the best way to infuse your home workouts into your routine, consider asking yourself these questions:
What time of day are you more motivated to train?
How much time do you want to dedicate to your home training?
Will you be going at it alone or with a partner or roommate?
Do you need to work around your kid’s, partner, or pet’s schedule?
If you work at home, how can you ensure your workout doesn’t impact your productivity?
Stock up on the right gear…
Before you panic about all the money you think you must spend for your home training, know that you don’t need any fancy tools to create an effective home training workout. “What I’m talking about is strength from the bottom of your feet to the tips of your fingers.” That’s right, you currently need a few sets of Dumbbells (light, medium & heavy) and an exercise mat to maintain your strength, flexibility, and endurance.
Later, to take your workouts to the next level and add some variety to your training, there are plenty of affordable and effective tools. Such as resistance bands, mini bands, Kettlebells, and weighted bars…. etc.
Make sure you recover…
Setting aside some time and energy for recovery is just as important as your workout itself. Why? “If you aren’t taking enough time for recovery, then you’ll continue to break down your muscles and won’t see benefits from your workouts.”
That means opting for a walk instead of a run, stretching instead of a HIIT workout, or simply just taking a rest day.