Working out at home is the ultimate in convenience. There’s no travelling, dealing with the weather, and no membership fees. Even if you’re short on space, you can create a home gym of your own. All you need to do is carve out a little room, use your creativity, and get ready to embark on a new fitness routine. Read on for our tips on creating a great home gym.
Use What You Have Around The House
Rather than rushing to order exercise equipment, start off by using what you have around the house. Many have had success with soup cans or wine bottles in place of small hand weights, a beach towel as a yoga mat, and a folding chair as a weight bench. Liquid laundry detergent or water jugs (that come with a handle) make great replacements for a kettlebell. You can use hand towels as sliders on a wood or tiled floor when doing ab exercises such as mountain climbers or knee tucks. Right now equipment can be in short supply online, but certain items like yoga mats and elastic resistance bands are more available than dumbbells.
Clear A Space In Your Home
Don’t worry if you don’t have a whole room to devote to exercise, as it isn’t necessary. All you really need is to be able to make some space in your home; ideally you’ll have 4 or 5 feet cleared in every direction to give you more than enough room to accomplish an effective home workout. You want to be able to take a step forward and back, left and right, and still have enough room around you so that you can comfortably execute movements without knocking into any furniture or lamps.
Focus On Body Weight And Plyo Exercises
The good news is that you can have a great workout just by using your own body weight. Plyometric exercises involve jumping or explosive movements; examples include squat jumps, pushups, and lunges. They get your heart rate up without the use of equipment and are great for conditioning. Because most online workouts focus on what you can do with the weight of your own body, actual exercise equipment isn’t even necessary. You can elevate your heart rate and get fit and toned all on your own.
Find Apps Tailored To At-Home Workouts
Fortunately there is no shortage of apps out there that are specifically tailored to at-home workouts. Some good options include Nike Training Club, Fitbit Coach, Shred, and Yoga Studio. Even Peloton has a fitness app—and no, you don’t need to have one of their stationary bikes to benefit; they offer classes in cardio, stretching, and yoga. Most are free for the first month, but charge a monthly fee after.
Get your new at-home exercise routine started today with these suggestions. You’ll save money, improve your fitness level, sleep better, and feel great! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more great lifestyle tips.