So you want to get fit but you don’t want to join a gym? Fair enough, these can be expensive and there may not be one that’s convenient to where you live. You also might be wary of joining and never going. So what’s the alternative?
Well, working out at home is an option, but can you really get the same kind of workout that you can at the gym? We say, yes you can, and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to do so. Here are our top tips for getting fit at home, the cheap and easy way!
The 5 Elements of Fitness at Home
Fitness experts agree that any home workout needs to have a certain elements to ensure you’re getting the full benefits. Consistency is also key, as long as you’re doing something, somewhere, sometime, whether this is running on a treadmill, using an exercise bike, cross trainer, a zumba video session or simply doing some stair climbing.
If you don’t have any of this equipment, consider renting it. It’s cheap, can be delivered to your home, and can be both a short or long term fitness solution.
1. Warm Up Exercise
Warming up your muscles before you begin working out is essential to avoid injury. This could be a walk around the block outside or on a treadmill, going slowly on a stationary bike or a series of stretches.
2. Cardiovascular/Aerobic Exercise
Cardiovascular or aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up and burns fat. It also helps build stronger muscles. Any exercise that gets your heart pumping and makes you sweat is considered cardiovascular, such as walking fast, running, pedaling fast or aerobics with a video.
3. Resistance/Strength Exercises
Resistance exercises improve strength, build muscle and can burn fat too. Squats, push-ups and abdominal crunches are always good ones but if you want to lose weight then compound exercises that target multiple muscle groups are best. You can add in dumbbells, a weight bar or bands for extra resistance.
4. Flexibility exercises
Flexibility exercises such as stretching, pilates and yoga poses improve agility, mobility and balance and also prevent muscle injury. Regular stretching after doing cardio exercise, such as running, helps relax hamstrings, glutes and even your chest, and can help you improve your performance.
5. Cool down Exercises
This should be similar to the warm up, low level cardiovascular activity to bring the heart down to its resting state. After a run, for example, slow down the pace and walk for 3 – 5 minutes. Even strength exercises need a cool down period, after lifting weights some low impact stretches or yoga poses are recommended.
For an effective fitness routine it’s important to include these five components above. You can do these exercises without equipment, or if you do these can be rented cheaply. To find out more give us a call today on (07) 3356 0343 or send us an online enquiry to find out how we can help you!