No Gym Required: Workout At Home

Workout and lose weight from your own home.  Best advice on working out at home. #stayactive #fitness

I would like to consider myself an athlete, even though I don’t engage in any particularly impressive physical feats.  I’m not “cut” or ‘buff”, but the one thing I do have going for me is consistency. I’ve been working out at home for the past 15 years.  When you have a pet that needs a daily run, and free weights in the garage why not skip the gym cost and invest in your own.  Now you don’t have to have weights to workout at home, but you can still get a really good workout in.  

Is it effective to workout from home?

Absolutely, says Kevin Steele, PhD, exercise physiologist and vice president of 24 Hour Fitness Centers. “In today’s world, the reality of it is people don’t have time to go to a facility every day anyway,” he says. “And consistency is key.”

First of all find an exercise routine that will motivate you.  If doing a workout video on a daily basis isn’t enough of an incentive for you, try these simple tips to jump start your working out habit.  

  1. Make sure you have clean, comfortable workout clothes
  2. Start small.  Don’t injure yourself
  3. Try working out a few times a week.  Add more days as you become consistent.
  4. Set a recurring appointment on your calendar
  5. Try different routines, exercises, etc.
  6. Get an accountability partner

Honestly for me, working out first thing in the morning helps keep me consistent.  If I wait too long in the day, the excuses start coming or I get busy with my kids.

Can I lose weight working out from home?

Of course you can. Obviously working out and ignoring your diet isn’t the way to go.  To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume or eat fewer calories than your body uses each day. If you don’t have a caloric deficit, you will not lose weight.

While I am no doctor, I would suggest finding a diet that works for you.  A healthy diet along with a good workout program will help you lose weight while working out from home.

How can a beginner workout from home? 

What type of gear do I need to workout from home?

Honestly you don’t need anything, not even a pair of fancy leggings or shoes, to start working out. Still, a basic kit of items may help you establish a routine.

A must have for me is a good yoga mat.  A Yoga mat will cushion your joints and keep your feet and hands secure. It can also help you define your workout space and will soften the noise when you are jumping. This is great if you live in an apartment or have sleeping children.  I have a basic Gaiam one, but you can use anyone of your choice.

After 15 years, my “garage gym” is still pretty basic.  I started out with a set of 5 lb and 10 lb dumbell set. When those got too light I moved onto the next weight.  I also have a few resistance bands that are great for inner and outer thigh workouts.  I have this set and love it.  

Weights are nice to have, but bodyweight exercises will suffice for most people.  You can even have your toddler climb on your back while you do squats or bench press them on the floor.  Water bottles or milk jugs can be a great idea too.  

There are opportunities all around your home.  You can use a chair for tricep dips, step ups on your stairs, or a towel as your mat.  Get creative and get your workout in. 

Workout and lose weight from your own home.  Best advice on working out at home. #stayactive #fitness

Local Studios that Offer Online Classes

The best way to start working out consistently is to find something you like to do, and then do that—whether that’s running, walking your dog, or biking.  Luckily, there are tons of free streaming workout services right now.  Here are just a few that I have used.

Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym is offering live and on-demand classes for at-home workouts. Or, you can download their app for workouts on the go (or outside, using social distancing rules).

Life Time Fitness

Life Time Fitness is offering members and non-members classes on demand, streaming cardio, and yoga classes.

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is live streaming free workouts daily at 6 p.m. Central via their Facebook page.

Equinox

Equinox is offering free on-demand fitness videos via their Variis by Equinox channel. Also, they’re offering free live yoga classes on their Instagram Live feed.

YMCA

Free exercise resources (no membership required) for the whole family.

Peloton

Peloton is offering its app for free (for a limited time – 90 days). If you don’t own a bike, you can still take their yoga, meditation, and strength classes.

Gymshark

Gymshark is offering workouts on their Conditioning app. Bonus – you can use basic household items for weight training sessions.

So get up and get moving.  Don’t let those excuses get in your way.  Schedule out your day making sure you add time for a workout.

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