Working out at home has its share of advantages. You don’t have to wait for others to finish with your favorite gym equipment, there’s no need to worry that the person before you forgot to wipe down the yoga mats and the commute, or lack thereof, is pretty great. Working out at home can have its share of challenges, too. If you are hoping to optimize your home workouts, here are a few training secrets you should know.
Have a Routine
Consistency and routine are keys to any fitness goal and it can be a lot harder to keep a workout routine when you decide to start working out at home. The convenience and flexibility of working out at home can actually be your downfall if you aren’t careful. With no commute, there’s less emphasis on keeping your timing structure rigid and there are more temptations to take care of “a few small tasks” before you begin your workout. Keep a solid schedule and routine so you don’t get distracted.
Decide on Your Goals
If your goal is to gain strength, an at-home HIIT regimen may not serve you as well as you’d like, conversely, if you would like to lose weight, a low-intensity yoga session may not be enough to shed the fat you desire to lose. Decide on your goals and avoid the urge to bounce around from exercise to exercise. With tons of home workouts on the internet, it is all too easy to not be consistent in one area and lose sight of your goals, even if you’re working hard.
Invest in Key Equipment
You don’t need every piece of equipment to be functionally fit or to have a great workout, but it can help you enjoy the process more or reach specific goals you have in mind. Don’t be afraid to invest in a small range of dumbells and an exercise mat if your goal is strength-training, and don’t hesitate to buy good shoes if you decide you’d like to run every morning. You may not need a specific item to get started, but they can certainly help you feel better and reach your goals sooner.
Try Something New
Working out at home is a change of pace. Traditional gym workouts don’t always translate well. If you’re finding this to be the case, try something completely new. Dance videos, a workout smartphone application or even a new workout challenge can give you the variation you need to make working out at home fun in the confines of your living room or garage.