For so long, there has been an unspoken notion in society that fitness should take place outside of the home; that the only way to get in shape or to start seeing actual results is to join a gym or put on your sneakers and hit the streets running.
The past year has taught us all a very valuable lesson. At-home workouts can not only get you into fantastic shape, but they can also be a lot of fun!
It’s no secret that exercise is excellent for our cardiovascular health; it builds muscle, improves our balance and coordination, keeps our weight in check, and keeps our joints flexible. Working out also provides outstanding benefits for our mental health as well, and in times like these, keeping our mood uplifted is extremely important.
Did you know that the feel-good hormone serotonin is released when we exercise, giving us a sense of euphoria? Daily exercise can help combat depression, stress, and anxiety and leave us feeling happier and more joyful. All of this is extremely important, now more than ever! It’s no wonder that a growing number of people are looking for ways to implement physical activity into their daily routines and are seeking safe alternatives to stay active at home.
Your Home, Your Gym
Imagine waking up every morning, taking your first sip of coffee, and then heading off to your own personal gym without ever having to step outside your front door. It sounds like something only the rich and famous could do, but today, millions of people worldwide are opting to stay home and knock out a sweat session in their living rooms that would rival any workout they could do at the gym. Thanks to technology, and a little bit of ingenuity, you too can burn calories, build muscle and get into the best shape of your life without even having to change out of your pajamas! Here’s how:
The goldmine of YouTube
YouTube is a great source for exercise videos and tutorials, and many of the workouts found there don’t require any fancy equipment. You customise your search to accommodate your skill and fitness levels, and for many of the videos, you need nothing more than just a few feet of space and a good internet connection. This online library offers you quick and easy access to all different workouts, from short HIIT cardio sessions to relaxing yoga cool-downs. There is something for everyone!
While you may be excited to get started, it’s essential that you do some research before jumping into any online workout. Making sure that the instructor is properly trained and certified is extremely important. Also, know your limits and don’t ever push yourself too far past your comfort zone or do any movements that cause you pain. Finally, don’t buy into any “get thin quick” schemes. Some YouTubers will promise quick results, but these gimmicks are used to gain followers and grow their social media presence. The only way to see actual results is to work hard and stick with it.
Break up your sessions
Another fantastic advantage of working out at home is that you don’t have to get your workout in all at once. A visit to the gym usually requires an hour or more commitment but having the privilege of exercising in your house means that you can do as much (or as little!) as you want throughout the entire day!
Why not do a short morning yoga session to get your body moving first thing in the morning? Then maybe run your stairs for a ten-minute cardio session just before lunch. And why not do some bodyweight training (like sit-ups, lunges, and squats) during commercial breaks in the evening while watching the tv?
The remarkable thing about working out at home is that you can do whatever you want when you want! You just have to commit to integrating some physical activity every day to keep yourself fit and healthy!
Make it a family affair
Staying active is a lot more fun when you share it with others. Invite the rest of your family to join you for your workouts and feel the burn together! Adding physical fitness to your daily home routine is an excellent opportunity to bring everyone in your household together for some fun. Plus, it will help to ingrain a long-lasting positive attitude towards an active lifestyle and healthy habits.
Don’t forget to have fun
Sometimes the gym can be a serious place. Everyone is “in the zone” - focused entirely on cranking out the next rep and beating their personal best. Entering a gym can often be overwhelming and intimidating, especially for anyone new to the game - cardio machines with so many buttons and weight machines that don’t come with any instructions - it’s hard to know where to start!
Luckily, home workouts don’t have any of this added stress. You can turn up the toons and dance around your living room as you shed off those unwanted pounds. There’s no need to worry about whether you are doing a particular move right or wrong because there’s nobody watching! When you choose to stay fit at home, you can have all the fun you want, and we encourage it!
No Room For Excuses
When you turn your home into your own personal gym, there is no reason why you can’t work out on a daily basis. Throw all of your excuses to the wind because there is no room for them here anymore.
As soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning, you have everything that you need to rock out a fantastic workout. Whether you choose to follow along with a quick YouTube training session, do some relaxing stretching, or work on your push-ups, there is no limit to what you can do, all from the comfort of your own home.
If you are looking to stay active, lose weight, tone up or just burn off some extra energy, working out from home offers all of this and more. Gone are the days when you had to sweat it out at the gym. Now you can get all of the results you want, and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas.