As social distancing and staying home become a way of life for the foreseeable future, fitness enthusiasts and gym-goers are forced to rethink their workout regimes. Some of you may be lucky enough to have a home gym set up but for the rest, this may be your first foray into working out at home. I’m sure some of these questions have crossed your minds. What do I do if I don’t have any dumbbells or equipment? How do I know if I’m doing the right thing since I don’t have access to my trainer?
Here are five suggestions and ideas to help you get started on your home workout journey.
Take it slow and steady
Even if you are a gym rat who is used to deadlifts, take it slow while working out at home. If you have your equipment, that’s great but if you don’t, It is easy to adopt makeshift equipment such as water bottles or pails with water and use them for your exercise. However, bear in mind your safety as there is no trainer there to guide you. We do not recommend forgoing weights altogether however, to avoid any mishaps, take it slow and steady. Watch your form and gradually increase the levels.
Think about the body first
Listen to your body. There is nothing wrong with working out every day. It’s a good habit. However, don't make the following mistakes. One, repeating the same workout every day. Your body naturally adjusts to the workload so, over time, you see a plateau in results. Vary your daily workouts to involve different activities, intensities, and lengths to keep your body guessing. Rest days can be beneficial. If you had an intense workout on certain muscles, it is advisable to rest a day or two before working on the same muscles again. You always want to allow time for the body to recover but not too long that you lose any gains you have made. Lastly, don’t work out more simply to compensate for overeating.
Try new things but do it carefully
This is the best time to experiment with new workouts. Always practicing yoga and in need of a change? Maybe try weights or pilates or dance fitness workouts. This is the best time to do so. There has probably never been a better time to get access to so many different types of exercises and workouts. Just remember, you don’t have a live trainer so be careful when you experiment. Don’t let it be a reason for you to twist your ankle unnecessarily.
Now is the best time to subscribe to workout sessions
Finding it difficult to choose a workout? Check out highly recommended fitness apps and subscribe to their free trial. There are many trainers and reputable fitness organizations that offer extended periods of a free trial during these trying times. Use this to your advantage and gain access to a huge variety of different workouts Some of them have workouts from renowned expert trainers and they can be accessed readily on your phone.
Install Apps that help guide your workout
There are hundreds of blogs published every day that are releasing workout instructions with images to go along with it. of the final posture. To us, a video beats text any day. If you are a beginner, we highly recommend that you install apps that give you access to hundreds of guided workout videos. Some of them even allow you to customize your workouts. showcase the actual workout via video instead of words. Rovo is a good app to try. Their latest workout feature allows you to do all the above and get started easily.
We hope that these tips will help you get started with your home workout journey easily. Who knows, this might become a great habit you can incorporate in your daily lives in future. Go get’em!
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