Are you tired of going to your commercial gym because it’s always too crowded? Such that you have to wait in line to use the machines, treadmills, shower or anything else that you’ll need for a successful workout. Do you feel that this is somewhat coming in the way of your fitness journey plan?
Well, there is a solution to this which is establishing a home gym. Not one that is similar to your commercial gym, but something close where you can work out freely and comfortably. You see, going to the gym is a workout on its own especially if you’re juggling a busy lifestyle. The good thing is that you don’t need to go if you don’t want to. You can still conduct an effective workout in the comforts of your home. All you need to do is use your body weight, and you can conduct an entire workout that targets each of your muscle groups. So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at some fitness routines that you can do at home.
The first stage of every workout is to warm up. You don’t need any expensive/sophisticated machines to do this. Simple routines like rope skipping, arm swings, lunges, and even pushups suffice. Just ensure that during the warm-up, you at least move a majority of the muscles that you intend to use during the day’s workout.
2. Cardio and resistance training
Cardio, more often than not, comes after the warming up part. Cardiovascular exercises are essential for a healthy heart. Exercises can include squats, push-ups, jumping jacks and jogging. The advantage of doing cardio is that it is great for your heart. It is also a great way to burn calories and excess fat as well as build muscle.
Well, at this point you’ll notice that you’re doing a lot of the same workouts. Just that now, you include weight resistance. So for more effectiveness, you can grab a Jerry can of water and use them to do the lunges and squats. You can do as many reps of these as you feel comfortable. Just ensure that you rest a bit when you feel the need to. As you do this, pay close attention to your form, focusing on doing a few quality reps; this is better than doing high quantity reps using poor form.
3. Strength training
Strength training is essential in building body strength. It includes lifting weights to build muscle mass and become stronger. Note that this is different from bodybuilding where a muscle is built for competition purposes. Strength training exercises include squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks but using weights. This means that you will require more regarding the weights. As such, you will need to buy or improvise some.
Dancing is a great way to get the blood flowing and your body in action. You don’t need to do pro dancing. A few of your best moves to your favorite song will get you there. You can also try doing Zumba. There are many videos online with excellent guidance on Zumba dancing. Maybe you can try out those to get you on the move. So apart from helping shed off extra fat, Zumba is also a great form of cardiovascular exercise.
Yoga is one of my personal favorites when it comes to home workout routines. The good thing about it is that it is effortless and requires no equipment. You can choose to do it slow and deliberate to work the stretching and strength side of your body. Or you can speed it up and get a great cardio workout while you stretch and improve your coordination at the same time. If you’ve never done yoga before, you can research online for videos demonstrating the proper ways of doing it.
After you’re done with your workout, you may want to do some stretching as it’ll help you maintain flexibility. By stretching after workouts, you’ll have the capacity to remain nimble and keep up a good posture as well. To end a good day, rehydrate your body with plenty of clean and safe water. Also, take enough proteins that’ll help to rebuild worn out muscles.
Generally, the hardest part of working out at home is actually working out at home. This is because for most of us, home is a place to rest and it can be difficult to focus on working out when kids are around or when the TV is on. But then, if you take the time and maintain discipline, you’ll find that home workouts are more cost-effective and even more effective than gym workouts. The bottom line here is to understand that you can achieve the gym results in the comforts of your home at a lesser price. With the routines mentioned herein, you can easily achieve an incredible full body workout without having to visit the gym each day.