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3 Ways to Maximize Your Home Workout

When you're busy, the last thing you want to do is exert MORE energy. Here's how to make the best of a home workout

by Shantell E. Jamison, October 10, 2017

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The older you get, the less likely you are to set time aside to go to the gym. Some of us are warriors and despite having significant others, stressful jobs that require longer working hours and children’s activities, we still make it to the gym.

But for many, by the time everything that needs to be finished for the day is taken care of, the last thing you want to do is exert more energy–regardless of the health benefits.

Though you might not be able to physically make it to the gym every day, there’s still hope for those who wish to incorporate some form of exercise into your demanding schedule. Below are three ways to get the best out of your home workout:

1. Remember to go slowly.

The key to being successful with at-home fitness lies in gradually adding more activity to your workout over time. If you set out to do 100 push-ups, 45 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and 100 jumping jacks every day, then you’ll be burned out by day 2. Start slowly. Perhaps day 1 will be 10 minutes of cardio and 10 sit-ups. Once you become accustomed to incorporating your workout into your schedule–not to mention getting physically accustomed to such physical activity–then can you increase it.

2. Commit to a certain amount time with zero distractions.

When you’re at the gym, your only distraction is you. You choose to watch someone else work out or to spend time at the water fountain engaging in idle chatter. It is you who decides to pick up your phone and text or scroll down your social media timeline. But when you are working out at home, there are all kins of other distractions. If it isn’t your spouse asking you for something trivial, then the kids are telling you they’re hungry. Taking 20 minutes of interrupted “me time” is tough but necessary. After all, you have to be the best version of yourself to assist your loved ones, and working out helps with that. Turn off your phone. Tell everyone in your home not to bother you for 20 minutes, and get your workout in!

3. Slowly build your home gym.

I see this all the time: Folks go and spend thousands on the latest home gym contraptions just for them to sit up and collect dust. DON’T BE THAT PERSON. Purchasing fancy gym equipment will not guarantee use; instead, opt to start with a limited number of items, such as workout DVDs, an ab roller and a yoga mat. Use your body weight and old-school cardio methods to develop your workout habit. Over time, once you’ve decided that this is a lifestyle change and not just a fad, purchase items that can assist you in your goals.

Home workouts are not for the faint at heart, but if you’re serious about getting in a bit of quality time with fitness, they can be the best solution. Whatever you decide, just remember that health is wealth, so always put YOU first.

 
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