Exercise at home: Here are 5 useful tips
There has been a big shift in how people are working in the last couple of years because of Covid-19. There are more people freelancing and remote working because of the pandemic. People spend more time at home, and technology has provided us with ways to connect online rather than in person. Keeping fit can also be said, as more people use online home workouts instead of a gym membership.
While we have adapted to spending more time at home, it does present a few challenges for exercising, such as distraction, motivation, and self-discipline. Therefore, this article aims to address some of the best tips for exercising at home.
Make a dedicated space for working out
Home gyms were once considered a luxury, but not it’s never been easier to create a workout space at home, especially since you can buy exercise machines for home gyms online. Many people use spare rooms or better use their garage to create a gym fit for home workouts. Though it can be a bit of an investment, it saves money in the long run since the equipment lasts and you no longer need a gym membership. Creating a separate space for working out at home keeps this part of your schedule away from other areas used for family time (lounge) and relaxation (bedroom).
Pace yourself and start slowly
Having a workout space at home can make exercise more accessible, and it can be tempting to do more than you need. However, it’s essential not to overexert yourself with home workouts; otherwise, you may be at risk of injury or burnout. Take time to create personalized workout plans and take time to build a strong base for yourself. Remember, this is a routine to be maintained, not rushed. You’re only in competition with yourself.
Keep home workout goals positive and action-focused
It’s very easy to stay focused on the end goal instead of the steps needed to get there. For example, it’s easy to focus on “losing 10lbs” rather than “I will exercise 4 times a week for 30 minutes”. Reaching our fitness goals, like any goal, is a journey. Therefore, it’s essential to embrace the actionable steps needed to get there. It can make the process more enjoyable, and you’ll feel less pressure.
Listen to your body
Without gym instructors to keep you in check at home, it’s easier to over-exert and dismiss what your body is telling you. There is no harm in challenging yourself to improve your fitness – sweating, feeling out of breath and muscle burn are all typical signs of a great workout. However, do not ignore more severe symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing or physical pain in the body. These can all be signs that you are overdoing it and need to take a rest. Without personal trainers, it’s important to stay in tune with your body while working out at home.
Keep an eye on nutrition
We all know that nutrition is just as important as exercise for maintaining good health. Focus on providing yourself with a balanced diet full of nutrient-rich vegetables. Avoid foods high in sugar, fats, and salts.
Exercising at home can be challenging, but following the above advice can help you. There will be days more difficult than others but every action to improve your health is always worth it.