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Get Fit Without Leaving Your Home

Get Fit Without Leaving Your Home

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If you are keen to try and get fit this summer, there are many approaches that you might wish to take. But one thing that more and more people are trying out these days is to get fit at home, without having to go anywhere at all. That can be a good option if you are keen to avoid spreading or catching the coronavirus, or if you just want to make your fitness as easy to achieve as possible. Let’s look at how it might be possible to get fit without ever leaving your home.

Turn Your Garden Into A Gym

If you have a spacious enough garden, you might be able to turn it into a gym, and therefore you will be able to get as fit as you like without having to go anywhere at all. This is actually a very easy project to do. First of all, look for decking ideas, so you have somewhere sturdy to put all of the equipment. Then you just need to provide a covering for the area, and install your equipment. This is particularly good in hot climates where exercising with a breeze can be cooling as you do so.

Exercise Using Body Weight

Remember too that there are plenty of ways to exercise that don’t require any equipment at all, and these can be perfectly good at making you fit in no time, so they are definitely something that you are going to want to think about. Exercises that use your own body weight to achieve resistance are always effective, such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and the like. In truth, if you simply do a few of these each day, you are going to get fit in no time. Why not set yourself a planking challenge for the next month?

Videos

Another way to exercise at home is to move along to some fitness videos. These are easier than ever to come across, as all you need to do in truth is go on YouTube and search for what you want. You can even find home HIIT routines which are going to be more than enough if you want to get fit – as these routines will mean you are working out your muscles and toning them while also engaging in heavy cardiovascular exercise, so you are getting everything that you need to. Follow those videos for a true home-workout experience.

Restock The Kitchen

Diet is obviously an important part of getting fit, so you will need to make sure there is nothing in the home which is going to make this harder to follow. You need to make sure that you are stocking the kitchen with only foods that are healthy and which will help you on your fitness path. If necessary, that might mean that you need to completely restock the kitchen – doing so could make all the difference to your motivation levels too, so this is definitely something that you are going to want to think about.

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The Best Ideas For A Gym At Home

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If you’re trying to keep yourself fit and healthy, setting up a gym at home can be a good idea. After the cost of setting it up, it can end up being cheaper than paying for a gym membership. Having the gym at home can also help you to commit to an exercise routine. If you don’t have to leave the house to hit the gym, it’s much harder to find an excuse not to go. 

Invest In Quality Equipment

Make sure that the equipment you buy for your gym is safe. A lot of kit like rowing machines, weight racks and treadmills often show up on sites like eBay or Facebook Marketplace, but make sure you check any equipment before you buy it. Give anything you buy a thorough check over to make sure it’s in good condition before you bring it home. If you buy something new, make sure you know how to use everything. At home, you won’t have a trainer to show how the equipment should be used, so ask the salesman and get them to show you. 

Start Small

Gym equipment isn’t cheap, so be sure you’re going to use it before spending money. Start small with some free weights, a yoga mat and an exercise ball. If you find you’re using your gym a lot, then you can invest in more pieces and add them in. Don’t forget your gym wear too. Try curvesncombatboots.com for fun leggings.  

Personalise The Space

Make your home gym a nice room that you actually want to be in. Adding something personal like posters or pictures can add a bit of personality. Add a TV or some speakers to entertain you while you work out. Adding some plants adds some colour to the room. 

Get Multipurpose Equipment

Most home gyms are small room, so equipment that has more than one purpose or can adapt to you as your fitness level changes are a sensible buy. Go for things like adjustable dumbbells, so you’re set up for different exercise with one piece of equipment. 

Keep It Warm

Lots of people turn their garages into home gyms. This is a brilliant use of the space but can mean that the gym is cold. Don’t give yourself the excuse to skip a workout because it’s cold, and put in some space heaters to keep it warm. Even with heaters, the bar of your barbell can get very cold, which isn’t nice when you grip it. Keep equipment like this in the house, and just take them over to the gym when you’re ready to work out. 

Start Sociable

Do you miss the social side of the gym? Sometimes the atmosphere at the gym can help push you through a difficult workout. If you find your home gym is a bit lonely, why not invite some of your friends to use it as well? They can save on their gym memberships, and you’ll have some company while you’re working out. 

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Preparation Home Gym

Preparation Home Gym

Preparation new me

At the start of 2019 I gave myself the kick up the backside well and truly needed to get myself on the right path for a new healthy lifestyle.

Since then I have not looked back. Infact I have actually been enjoying it. I sat down and a made a list of the the things I have tried in the past, things I have enjoyed and even the things I haven’t enjoyed.

Making a list really does help

Doing this list really helped me because it helped me find all my pet hates about exercising. Such as being in overcrowded exercise classes, getting embarrased about being too fat, or not being able to keep up with the class.

I also found out that having a gym membership added pressure on me to go to the gym. This then led to me not enjoying my time going if that makes sense. I felt pressured to go to get my moneys worth out of the membership rather than freely going because I wanted to.

Life can easily get in the way

It sometimes felt like life got in the way rather a lot to. I would arrange with friends to go to a class together, 20, 20, 20 class was one of my favourites. I would find that I couldn’t always go as being a working mum things happen at home or work as they do. Meaning I had to phone and cancle more than I actually went.

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Gyms are not for everyone

Going to an actual gym isn’t for everybody. This could be due to time, cost or even due to feeling embarrased. For me it is mainly due to time. Finding an extra hour or so in an already busy day can prove difficult. I am currently in the process of setting up a home gym.

Home Gyms aren’t for everyone but for me I think having one would work better for me and my lifestyle.

Things to consider before setting up a home gym

Budget: It is always best to work out your finances first and see what budget you have to work with. Always shop about before purchasing as it can be easy to get carried away. Always read product reviews before purchasing so you know you are getting something good for your money.

Price check: Try and do a price check so you have a rough idea of prices so then you can plan ahead before purchasing products. Exercising equipment doesn’t come cheap but you will be wanting to get more for your money so take the time to shop around online.

Space: What space do you have for you home gym? will it be a room dedicated to set up as a gym full-time or is it going to be a shared space. This will be important to know before purchasing your equipment so you know whether to look for equipment that folds to be stored easy. Also check electricity supplies, will you need added sockets for power? extention leads can be a trip hazzard and can also be a fire risk if overloaded and not careful.

Making space: Before you start to purchase your home gym equipment always clear the space first to make sure it is clean and free from clutter to prevent any accidents when exercising. Matco are always happy to help if you need help with moving or storing anything.

Be 100% sure: If you are not 100% sure on the equipment you want or need you don’t have to purchase new, there is always the option of second hand. You can sometimes find a product that is in good as new condition for half the price. It will be a good way to find out if the equipment is right for you and the space you have without the cost of brand new.

Take your time: Take your time when building your home gym, there is no rush. Purchase one or two items at a time, get use to those items first and see if they work for you and with the space you have dedicated for your gym. If happy then build upon your home gym from there.

Motivation: Sometimes a little motivation is missed when exercising at home. There is always the option of inviting a friend or family member to join you or more if you have the space. You could even challenge each other. There is also the option of exercise dvd’s or YouTube motivation. Music can help too.

Home gyms can be just as fun and ecouraging as going to the gym whilst adding loads of flixibilty. The intial outlay may be expensive but if it helps to keep us fit and healthy I would say it is the perfect investment!

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