Working out from the comfort of your home can be just as beneficial as working out inside a gym or personal training studio. Whether you have a simple mat and some weights, or bigger weight training equipment, it’s all about what kinds of exercises you do, and how long for. Staying consistent is the key! Here is our guide to the best home workouts:
Types of home workouts
You can create your own home workout routine with exercises you select. (Don’t follow a random one on YouTube because there is a LOT of bad advice and instruction on the web!) If you don’t enjoy body-weight workouts you can invest in some gym machines for your home. Alternatively, if you are a runner or regularly exercise outside, you might like to use your workout time at home for workouts like Yoga or Pilates, these can be completed on a mat indoors or outdoors.
Exercise machines for working out at home
If you don’t like the idea of signing up for a gym membership and would prefer to exercise at home, you can get your hands on some exercise machines for home to get started. Depending on how many people you live with, you could share the costs of a machine if you’re living with roommates or start up your own little home gym if you live with family and everyone would like to get involved.
You won’t be stuck for options if you’ve decided to invest in equipment for home workouts — everything you find at the gym can be found online and ordered to your home. The type of equipment you should order will depend on what kind of workouts you want to be doing. For cardio you could order a cross trainer or treadmill, or you could invest in a rowing machine. There are plenty of options. The key is deciding exactly what you’re trying to accomplish with your home exercise program. Are you trying to lose weight? Tone and strengthen neglected muscles? Stress relief? Or perhaps you’d just like to exercise for your own health and well-being?
Finding space for your exercise equipment
Before you start ordering exercise equipment, make sure you have space or can make space for it. If you have a huge living room, office, or spare bedroom, you could consider putting the equipment in one of these places. It won’t be a problem if you don’t have lots of space, as you can buy smaller equipment like fold-up treadmills or vibration platforms that can be put away in a closet when you’ve finished your workout.
Schedule times for your workouts
Scheduling your personal training times is the best way to stay consistent. It’s much easier to get into a routine when you are exercising at certain times on certain days of the week. Be sure to schedule in rest days between workouts, and mix stretching exercises into your practices to avoid injury and strained muscles.
The home workouts you enjoy will be the ones you’re most likely to repeat and stick to! So find out what you like doing to exercise and stick to that for starters. The key to home workouts is consistency and finding the motivation to stick with it, even when you might not feel like you’re in the mood. (This is one of the great benefits of having a personal trainer – built-in motivation and accountability!)
Always remember exercise is guaranteed to make you feel good, as you will release endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in your body. Plus, when you’ve completed a solid workout, you feel proud and always glad you did it!
Drop us a note if you feel like you’d benefit from having a professional exercise trainer design your at-home workout program. We do this all the time for folks just like you, either in Nashville or online anywhere in the world!