I’m instructing a series at the Rec Center called Fitness at Home, where I’ll be talking, demonstrating, and explaining workouts that can be done right in the comforts of one’s own home! With everyone’s crazy-busy lives, it’s still super important to fit in physical activity. If you have an open space, 2 soup cans or water bottles, and a sturdy chair-you have a gym!
Benefits of exercising at home and tips to make it a little easier:
- It’s right there. No need to find a parking spot, get a locker, and wait for a piece of equipment.
- Rise and
shinesweat! First thing in the morning, set your alarm clock for 30-45 minutes earlier and exercise. Not only does this clear your schedule for the rest of the day, but also, research has shown that exercising first thing jump-starts your metabolism, so you’re constantly burning calories throughout the day.
- Add variety to your workouts. There’s been a huge shift from in-the-gym workouts to any physical activity counts; walking, running, Tai Chi, tennis, ice skating, gardening, moving-all are forms of activity that can act as exercise.
- Set your clothes out the night before. There goes the excuse “it takes too long to get ready”-problem solved!
- Enlist the help from a friend, furry or not. Having someone or something holding you accountable is an excuse-proof way to exercise. You don’t want to let down a friend or partner and you surely don’t want to let down Rover
or you’ll have quite a bit of a mess to clean up.
- Tune in. Workouts on demand offer tons of options with little to no equipment and at a very low-cost.
- Youtube. Type in workouts and thousands are available to you! Ranging from 3 minutes to a half an hour.
- Log your efforts. This not only keeps track of what you’re doing, exercise-wise, but also will help if you get stuck in a rut.
- Track your progress/regress! How are you clothes fitting? Is walking up the stairs becoming easier? Are you able to do jumping jacks and squats longer? And vice-versa.
Need a little help?
A Kitchen Maid workout:
- How are you feeling today?
- What do you want to work on? Create a small goal that can be accomplished in ~45 minutes.
- What equipment is available to you?
- How much time do you have?