So you want to get fit but you’re not sure where to start… joining a gym is often expensive, and sometimes it is hard to know where to begin with organising an at home fitness regime that works for you.
Some people worry that without professional gym facilities or the expertise of a personal trainer they will lack the prowess and motivation to get the workout they are looking for. But never fear! Whether you’re looking to lose weight, strength train or simply want to up your physical activity; we’re here with top tips on how to get fit from the comfort of your own home….
Design Your Own Workout Regimen
The first step to success when it comes to a workout from home is to make a plan… and stick to it!
Take some time to make yourself a schedule of when you can workout- cross reference with your diary and blank out some space so that you can be confident you’ll have some “me time” to take your workout seriously.
Once you’ve got a workout program sorted, next jot down a rough schedule of what you plan to do for each session.
A good place to start is by breaking your workout down into the five basic components that make an effective, full body workout:
- Warm up
- Aerobic/ Cardio (something that gets your heart pumping and burns fat)
- Resistance (strength building/ weight training)
- Stretching/ flexibility (a few basic yoga or pilates moves)
- Cool down
Depending on the time frame you have for your workout, and your current fitness level will depend on the type of exercise you chose to do for each section and how long for. For beginners- try to stick to 20-30 mins of cardio workout plus an additional 20 mins resistance, 3 times a week.
A sure-fire way to keep your head in the game when it comes to working out from home is to set yourself some clear and realistic goals.
These goals can be anything from “I want to lose X lbs” to “I want to be able to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath”. The best thing it to set a series of smaller goals rather than one mammoth one. For example saying “I’d want to run a 5k by the end of July”, is less daunting than “I want to run a marathon” and therefore you’re more likely to stick with it.
Make sure you track these goals somewhere, alongside your workout schedule and regime so you can clearly see how you are getting on and stay motivated. An activity journal is a great place to keep all this info stored and easy to check back on.
Dress The Part
It can be hard enough as it is to get motivated to workout at home, but its nigh on impossible when you are lounging around on the sofa in your PJs. They say that to be the part you’ve got to look the part so now is a good time to consider upgrading your activewear wardrobe.
For the ladies out there, there is nothing more important that getting yourself a high-impact sports bra- you will want to stop before you’ve even begun if you’re not feeling comfortable and in control in that department!
Next; why not look into some sportwear that has some added benefits too? The Proskins range has everything from tops to leggings and capri pants, and what’s more the high-tech fabrics used in their garments are fused with active slimming ingredients, helping to fight the appearance of cellulite- Win – win!
Mix Your Routine Up
Another great way to keep yourself motivated when working out solo, is to keep your routine mixed up with different activities and fitness equipment. It is easy to fall into the trap of just sticking to the exercises that you find easier or know that you are good at, but by rotating your routine you’ll keep your fitness time fresh and fun.
For cardio time you can do anything from going out on a brisk walk, a jog or run, get on your bike or take a look on youtube (easily streamed through most smart TV devices) for a video workout you can follow from your living room. There’s everything available from upper body focussed routines to video weight lifting or bodyweight workouts (There’s even some #workitout videos with Mr Motivator himself available on the Ideal World youtube channel, which you can check out here)
Another great bit of equipment to consider investing in is Vibration training technology, such as the Vibrapower.
Finally, make sure you reward yourself with some little post-exercise treats to help you through the hardest of workouts.
Whether it be the promise of your favourite meal at the weekend, special date night plans, or a face mask with a glass of bubbly- it always helps to have something to look forward to once you’ve hit your goals for the week.
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