Work Out Tips At Home
It’s the time of the year when everyone runs to the gym and as Melissa pointed out in this post over at Free From Broke, the gyms are so packed at this time of year that you may not even get a chance to work out and it could lead to you giving up all together.
Besides doing your work out at home has a million upsides. Here are just a few I can think of:
- It saves you money, even if you have to purchase some equipment.
- You have no excuse, you can roll out of bed and work out.
- You don’t have to worry about looking stupid in front on people, if you feel embarrassed in-front of the cat I can’t help you there!
- You can try multiple programs, vary as much as you like and keep going until you find something you get along with.
- You’ll save a lot of time because you won’t need to travel.
- You can split workouts easily between morning and night.
- You never have to battle the crowds.
I like the gym, I really do but these days I do almost all of the working out I do from home or outside. I travel a fair amount so this is the easiest option for me.
Work Out Tips At Home
So how do you get started at home? A couple of pushups and a pull up here and there isn’t going to do the trick, you need a plan and something to pursue. Following a program of sorts can help immensely and it is something I have done and do regularly. These days I am running and doing a few small strength training activities (just started the 100 push up challenge) at home. Let’s look at some general tips and then a look at a few routines I recommend.
- Realise it’s going to be hard.
- Treat yourself once a week or so but get serious about diet.
- Don’t go purchasing fancy equipment if you don’t have to. A lot of stuff can be found around the home or at garage sales or thrift stores. See our post: Home Fitness Exercise Equipment.
- Find a buddy and a once or twice a week workout together at each others homes or exercise outside.
- Always have fitness and body-fat / muscle-mass goals.
- Join online forums, read articles online and keep motivated through any means you can.
- If you don’t do great, don’t EVER give up. Fitness can take time.
- Consider doing a fitness class at a fitness center once per week. I would choose Yoga every time.
Recommended plans to follow
Couch to 5k – The UK National Health Service has an excellent and free couch to 5k plan aimed at those who want to get into running. It takes a beginner from pretty much nothing to running 5k and is proven to be highly successful. I love running (I even write about it at Regular Runner).
100 Pushup Challenge – I just started this. It’s only about 30minutes a week so can be bolted onto other exercise and it has one simple goal. In 7 weeks they want to push you to do 100 continuous pushups, pretty tough goal but something I am determined to make. here is there site: hundredpushups.com.
30 Day Shred – My girlfriend did this and I joined in here and there. For those of you who have heard of Insanity and P90X, it’s a great program to do if you are not ready for those more intense ones. Jillian Michaels can be a little annoying but she puts forward a great routine and it will work you. You can find it on Amazon here: Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred. (<– affiliate link)
Insanity – Insanity is Insane but I love it! Aimed more at those of you that want to get lean rather than ripped and basically a hard circuit training routine. Shaun T, again is a little annoying (but they all are to me) but I can’t deny both the awesomeness and effectiveness of the program. These days I don’t follow in order but do use Insanity as part of my working out at home. You can purchase Insanity here: Insanity Home Workout. (<– affiliate link)
P90X – P90X is a program for people who want to put on muscle mass and gain general fitness. I went through it and although I didn’t see the stunning results that some see, like Pat Flynn, I did see massive strength and general fitness gains and I still use many of the workouts to this day. It works, I can say that. You can purchase P90X here: Use this for text link for PPC and Search Traffic. (<– affiliate link)
No matter what you decide to do make sure you stick it out before you say it doesn’t work. Motivation is the one reason people fail, pretty much any program that works you hard will yield results.
I also didn’t touch much on diet in this post but it is an essential part of getting into shape and cannot be overlooked. I choose a diet reasonably low in carbs and although I failed miserably over Christmas, I am back on it and doing great.
I wrote more on the subject in the article Working Out At Home.
Good luck and please take the time to drop any thoughts or comments you have - Work Out Tips At Home