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How To Exercise Effectively At Home

How To Exercise Effectively At Home

Going to the gym isn’t the only way to lose weight and get in shape you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

A gym is a great place to go to work out that is what they are designed for after all.

But it is an added expense especially if you pay for separate classes or personal training sessions on top of your monthly fee.

Many people are looking to cut costs wherever they can these days and when you can exercise at home do you really need the gym?

This is a question many people ask themselves and while I think the gym can certainly be beneficial for some people you might not always need it.

If you are looking to lose some weight for summer for example then home workouts will likely be just as effective.

And if you’ve already attended the gym for some time but think you can continue better at home now or want to save money then give it a try at home.

But exercising at home doesn’t come without risks and you need to be sure you stick to your workouts and exercise routines.

Below I’ve outlined some tips to help you ensure you do just that.

Know What You Want To Achieve

Whether you’re leaving the gym to work out at home or skipping the gym altogether it’s important that you are realistic about what you want to achieve with your home workouts.

Do you want to continue building muscle or are you simply looking to lose some weight?

If you are leaving the gym do you still have the equipment to carry on your regular routines?

Yes, there are a lot of things to think about and consider the good news is with a little work you can still likely achieve what you want.

You likely won’t have access to all the equipment and facilities offered by a gym but you can still reach your fitness goals.

Don’t Make Excuses

One of the main reasons many people’s home exercise plans don’t take off is because being at home and not at the gym makes many people more lax.

Because you are paying to go to the gym you will be more inclined to actually turn up and workout.

Whereas working out at home is something you can more easily ignore, this might not happen straight away but after a week or two you could easily start putting off your planned workouts.

So, if you are going to work out at home instead of the gym make sure you are committed and don’t make excuses.

Avoid Distractions

Making excuses to not work out isn’t the only thing you’ll need to contend with when you are working out at home.

You will also need to avoid distractions and when you are at home there is going to be plenty of possible distractions.

Whether it’s watching TV, playing video games or chatting with a friend or relative our homes are filled with plenty of distractions that can make getting time to actively do your workouts difficult.

So, make sure you have the willpower to avoid distractions and focus on what you need to get done.

You could make time to do your workouts at night before you go to bed or do it first thing in the morning to get it out of the way.

Whatever you decide just make sure you get them done.

Buy Some Weights

The majority of people’s homes won’t be a match for the gym when it comes to equipment for working out.

Thankfully there a variety of cardio exercises that you don’t really need any equipment for but weight training is a little different.

You will need at least a pair of dumbbells if you want to build muscle at home so get yourself some.

You don’t have to spend a lot and you could even buy second-hand to save money after all if you are leaving the gym to save money you won’t want to spend a lot.

Dumbbells can be used for a variety of muscle groups all around the body so they are a useful and versatile home work out tool.

Take Some Time To Adjust

Whether you are leaving the gym to work out at home or are starting your weightless journey from home and skipping the gym entirely it will take some time to get adjusted.

Don’t be disappointed if it takes you a while to get into the swing of things and adjust to your new work out schedule/ routine.


Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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