The regulations governing gym openings and the increasing need for isolation have made living a normal life somewhat challenging for normal people who are in search of that fitness goal. It is true that these restrictions have been eased in some places – but at the same time they have been tightened in others – and this see-saw of tightening and loosening of regulations doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
However, all is not lost. There are many people who are now beginning to realize that perhaps that gym membership is not absolutely essential – it’s easier than ever before to get a great workout in the comfort of your own home.
But your approach will mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some ideas on just how you can maximize your commitment to a home exercise plan.
Firstly, there’s no reason to go it alone. There is plenty of instructor-led video material available on the Internet. Everything from yoga and core-strength building and cardio routines are available in video format – and an instructor will guide your efforts. Of course, many of these videos are available by subscription only, but there are free options – and there are plenty of trial offers that are available (search Youtube). Many of these offerings do not even require that you purchase gym equipment for home use.
There are also other options. Many highly respected gym instructors have found themselves at a loose end and are offering streaming instruction. Try Instagram as a first step.
As mentioned, many workouts do not require that you purchase any equipment, but an investment in even the basics can pay off. Depending on the sort of workout you are after it is possible to get away with a sub $100 investment in these essential pieces of equipment. Great options are a jump rope, dumbells (Kettlebells are also great) and a workout/yoga mat. Resistance bands are extremely good value for money and are wonderful for working the lower body (including glutes). Many home gym experts also recommend a full-length mirror – it helps you keep an eye on your form to prevent injuries by ensuring that you are performing exercises correctly.
If you have the budget – and want to up your home gym game, then there are other pieces of equipment that can make your exercise routine that much more effective. A Peloton Bike can be great for a cardio workout, as well as strength building. It also doesn’t take up that much space so it’s perfect for home or even apartment use. A treadmill also has a fairly small footprint and is also excellent for cardio workouts. For strength and endurance/cardio many people like the rowing machine experience.
It’s entirely up to you how far you want to take your home gym routine, but there are certain things to keep in mind. A positive mental attitude is everything – you will have to remain focused in the absence of a live gym partner. Keep track of your progress it will help to keep you motivated. And one last piece of equipment is highly recommended – a great apr of headphones – your gym focused music selection will keep you entertained and motivated while you work towards your goals.