Who wants a membership at the gym? You can work out from the comfort and convenience of your house, and, besides jumping on a stationary bike or treadmill, you have a lot of choices.
Set up your at-home workout routine using these guidelines.
Pick a spot. For your workouts, designate and declutter a spot in your house. Don’t choose your basement or garage automatically. If it isn’t an attractive room, you won’t want to spend a lot of time there.
Look for an area that is close to where you often sit. For example, an empty corner or a spot near your TV might be ideal. Seeing your place for exercise will inspire you to get up and drive. You don’t want it to be out of view, out of sight.
Purchase the essentials. There’s not a lot of fancy gear you need. You can buy some basics for under $100, such as an exercise mat, a stability ball, resistance bands, and a few stupid dumb bands.Or make your own list, based on what you want to do. What equipment do you need to support your goals?
Add those comforts. Have it ready to go, whatever your favorite way to entertain yourself might be, and then save it to enjoy during your workout.
Using the songs you love to make a playlist. Download an audio book that you’re thrilled with. Record a great show on your DVR for an entire season, or add it to your streaming list.
Using the Internet. Need a teacher? For on-line fitness courses, search the web. You can find Yo, you can find yoga, dance, strength training, and others that you watch from your iPad or computer.
Several are free. There are others that are pay-as-you-go. Others need subscriptions and a monthly fee. Some thoughts:
Curvy Yoga: Yoga videos or online courses taught by, well, a curvy woman
DailyBurn: Various forms of exercise at distinct levels of difficulty
Physique 57: Footage of a fitness boutique class mixing ballet, pilates, and isometrics
Workout Pound Rockout: Online version of a popular fitness class at Crunch gyms — virtual drumming for cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, and plyometrics with lightly weighted drumsticks.
Or, use an Apple TV, Google TV, or Roku to try streaming workouts. You can navigate sites such as Hulu this way when viewing on a large screen as well.
Oh, play around. All the big game systems, such as the Microsoft Xbox One, the Nintendo Wii U, and the Sony PlayStation 4, make exercise fun with motion sensors that monitor your movement, if you’re willing to spend a little money.
Play yoga or tai chi, go white-water rafting, or fight zombies. Get fit while you dance. Some exercise games estimate the calories that you have consumed afterwards.
Make your reservation. It’s easy to let life intervene when you do exercise at home. That’s why getting a fixed time to work out is extremely important.
To ensure your success, find a time that feels best for you (in the morning, before dinner, in the evening).
Look at your calendar and slot in your exercises at the start of the week. If one day, your chosen time slot will not work, find another time that will work.
Only improvise. You’ll be even more inspired to keep going once you start feeling energized and burning calories. When you’re crunched for time in particular, consider this:
Put in a little music and have a dance party.
Walk in space while watching TV.
Maximise the steps while you’re washing or puttering. Be less efficient. Bring one bag of food at a time with you. Instead of one, make two trips up the stairs. You’ll get more calories burned.