If you can work out at home, you’ll save time and money, and you gain things like flexibility, privacy, a cleaner environment, and often, greater consistency in your workouts (no excuses). In fact, fitness experts say that we’ve been moving away from the gigantic, heavy, complicated, expensive machines that allow you to do eight different exercises, and we’re trending toward more streamlined, custom designed, and flexible workout spaces within our homes.
When setting up your home exercise area, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind, such as:
- Decide what kind of workout you want to do; cardio, resistance training, functional training, yoga, or a combination of all of the above
- Be sure to allow enough space to comfortably exercise
- Find a room that offers the privacy you need
- Choose a space that’s away from major distractions
- Make sure there’s ample ventilation
Finally, the most important part, make the space your own:
- Add music to help block out ambient noise
- Incorporate a full-length mirror to help you monitor your form and technique
- Include a fan for air movement – quiet enough that it doesn’t interrupt a video
- Consider exercise flooring, such as interlocking rubber squares, or an exercise mat
- Add a clock
- Consider paint; oranges and reds are motivators, blue helps with focus
- A TV is a must for exercise DVDs
- Good lighting is also important
Here is a sample workout. You can do this three to four times through, with 12 to 15 repetitions for each exercise. Start with jumping jacks. If you have exercise bands, do some rows. Next, get your dumbbells and do some curls. With those same dumbbells, and your own body weight, do some squats. And, finally, do a two-minute cardio burst on the treadmill, bike, elliptical trainer or other home cardio device. A small trampoline is great for getting your heart rate up, too. Be creative with this by adding your own favorite exercises.
How do you work out at home? We want to know!
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