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It is little secret the immense health benefits of regular exercise, whether you’re trying to lose weight or just looking to boost your fitness level. For most people, exercising or working out means hitting the outdoors and going to the gym. But, unfortunately, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the following safety protocols mean that stepping outdoors is no longer an option, for now, depending on where you live.
If you’re still caught up in lockdown measures, or you are just not the “gym” type, no worries. You can still reach your weight loss or fitness goals by exercising at home. But because the home is not a natural fitness environment, you’ve got to do some tweaking up first. So, do you want to start exercising at home? Do you want your workouts to be as productive and result-driven as going to the gym? Then use these tips to make your living space more conducive for regular exercise.
Dedicate a portion of your home to working out
The first thing you need to do is clear a portion of your home to use as your home gym. How much space should you make available? Well, how much space can you afford?
If you have a large and spacious home or unused rooms, you can dedicate one of those rooms as your home gym. If you cannot afford to make a whole room available, then try to create a workout zone with as little space as you can get.
The truth is that you don’t need to have a lot of space to make your workouts effective. Just enough room to move your body without any obstructions should be more than enough. If you can, choose an area with as few distractions as possible.
Set up your workout space with the right materials and equipment
After creating your workout space, you need to take the time to get your setup right. First of all, ensure that your flooring is ideal for working out. The best flooring type to use will depend on what you will add to your workout space.
For example, experts recommend that you stick with rubber as your home gym flooring instead of foam if you’re going to invest in heavy gym equipment like weights, treadmills, etc. You can also opt for laminate flooring solutions or foam if you expect to do many floor exercises.
When it comes to your materials and equipment, the basic ones should be more than enough. In most cases, all you’ll need is your mat for your floor workouts and a couple of dumbbells if you prefer to add some weights to your routines.
Always ensure that your workout space is well lit, preferably with natural light if that option is available. Otherwise, ensure that the place has sufficient artificial light. You can take advantage of full-spectrum light bulbs, as they emulate natural light.
Be resourceful with the things you have at home
Not everyone can afford to have the latest equipment in their home gym – and not everyone needs to. However, there are other workout modules or routines you can use at home to gain similar results to gym equipment.
All you need to do is be resourceful enough with the things you already have at home. For example, if you don’t have a treadmill, you can do quick runs around your block or in your yard instead (if it’s spacious enough).
If your home comes with a staircase, you can also run up and down the flight to enjoy the same benefits of using a treadmill. You can also include other cardio workouts like jumping jacks, burpees, rope skipping, etc., to give your routine more options.
If you’re focusing a lot on strength exercises, you can also use several things at home. For example, you can substitute gym dumbbells with bottles of water or bottles filled with sand. Pushups are also very effective for muscle toning without a bench press.
Buy and stock up on healthy products
Another thing you need to do to make your home a more conducive space for exercising is to ensure that you stock up on healthy products. What you eat does a lot to your exercise and fitness goals, positive or negative.
So ensure that you only stock up on healthy products at home, from the drinks you have to even your snacks. That is because you’ll be doing yourself very little good if you don’t support your exercise efforts with the proper diet.
Set up a routine and get rid of distractions
A conducive home workout environment isn’t about the physical space you make available, as it also has a lot to do with dealing with potential psychological barriers. And just as you have set aside a particular space in your home for workouts, set aside a convenient time.
The best time to choose will depend on your regular daily schedules. The most important thing is to select a period that doesn’t clash with other essential activities.
You want your workout space to be free from distractions as much as possible for you to concentrate on your exercises. If you have kids at home, getting off your workout space might be difficult. You can instead find creative ways to get them to exercise with you.
Get the right accessories in
You want to set up your workout space in a way that motivates you to exercise often and see positive results. And that means getting the right additions aside from your equipment.
First, get yourself a mirror, but only one. There are few things more inspiring than watching yourself burn those calories and seeing results. But your mirror also allows you to check your postures and techniques to be sure you’re nailing them.
Also, design your walls in a way that inspires you. For example, you can hang up pictures of your favourite quotes or what your target physical appearance looks like.
However, you can also leave your walls bare if you feel the designs may distract you. Finally, depending on the type of exercises you’re most interested in, take the time to assemble the right accessories, from floor mats to stability balls and jump ropes.
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