So, you’ve decided to build your fitness but you’re not sure where to start. The beauty is, you can smash your goals and waistline without leaving your living room.
That’s right; no need for expensive training or exposing yourself to the public, panting and sweating. There’s an abundance of equipment, programs and benefits to working out at home.
Living in today’s rat-race, time has become a privilege (even a ‘myth’ some might say). We’re slogging it out with our careers, often juggling this with raising a family. It can be hard to find the time or freedom to fit in exercise. But investing in yourself promises a quality future for your goals, family and overall productivity.
Check out this list of benefits to working out at home:
Workout whenever you want – have it fit your schedule. You don’t have to consider peak times or wait to use certain equipment.
Save time – you can workout at any time of the day without the hassles of preparation and travel. Start your day invigorated from a workout before work or rid yourself of stress in the evening. Do it while watching the kids or catching up on the news
Forget bad weather – it can do what it wants without affecting you. This saves you getting disappointed by disruptions, or give you excuses. 😉
Shred Fat And Gain Energy
Boost your confidence in ways you couldn’t imagine. An exercise regime can do wonders; not only can you lose weight and tone muscle, you’ll soon find a flood of energy you didn’t know you had.
Exercise fights fatigue, increases heart health and improves circulation. It can significantly improve your mood by releasing endorphins (a ‘feel good’ chemical in your brain). It also reduces stress hormones such as cortisol. So, it’s a great stress reliever that’s free with no hangover!
When you feel these effects, see your body change, and know you’re sticking to your goals, your confidence will skyrocket.
You can blast your music without battling to keep your earphones in place. Or you can catch up on Netflix or play that audiobook you’ve been meaning to listen to.
Variety doesn’t have to be an issue either. There’s a wide selection of equipment to choose from, depending on your preference. You could have a mix of strength training (dumbbells, kettlebells etc.) and cardio (treadmill, bike, aerobics videos etc.)
It is possible to buy equipment without taking out a second mortgage. There’s plenty you can get for a reasonable price. And, like most retail, the higher the price the better the quality long-term. Some can offer payment plans too. Either way, it can work out cheaper than paying gym memberships year after year. Once you’ve purchased, you don’t have to worry about ongoing inflation.
No Space Waste
It’s assumed you need a ton of space for your home fitness equipment, but that’s not always the case. There are many types of equipment you can use standing in one place: hand weights, resistance bands, chin-up bars to name a few. You do need space for bigger equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, sit-up machines etc, but many are designed to fold away for easy storage.
Don’t Sweat It
Okay, yes you will sweat! But you won’t be sharing others. Working out at home, you’re not greeted with slippery machines covered in a film of foreign sweat. You will not be subjected to a brew of odours, nor worrying about your own.
Too shy to wear that workout outfit? At home, you can wear what you want with no fear of scrutiny. Not only is it more comfortable, but it’s good to have visual awareness of your body for the mind-muscle connection.
Fitness equipment in the house is a great reminder to do your workouts. Its easy for your day to slip away, but visual cues can be great triggers.
If you need other motivation, there are plenty of home fitness groups you can join such as HASfit. They have hundreds of free training videos, apps, fitness advice and community groups where you can make friends and share your progress.
If you like working out with a friend, there’s no reason why you can’t ‘buddy-up’ at home. You can follow a fitness video together, or take turns using your home equipment. Kill calories while you catch-up.
Embark On Your Journey
As you can see, there’s many benefits to working out at home. Exercise is beneficial, no matter what you choose. The gym can be good too; it all comes down to personal preference. Some people like to build their fitness at home first and then join a gym.
Your body is the only vessel to sail through life. Keep it maintained and it will reward you, and those around you. The main thing to remember, is you don’t have to rely on anything to start your journey today.