Nowadays, it has become cool to talk about weight loss, hitting the gym, or building muscle. Many people feel left behind because they haven’t gotten around to sparing some time and money to go to the gym, hire a personal trainer, or follow a strict fat loss regimen. For many of us, due to current situations in the world like the global pandemic that has lasted for a while now, we may find it impossible to visit gyms or go to places with a number of people to work out.
Fortunately for these people, all hope is not lost. You don’t have to go to the gym or spend hundreds of dollars hiring a personal trainer for you to keep fit, stay healthy, or build some abs and muscle. You also don’t have to slip back into old habits of not exercising and accumulating lots of weight because gyms are closed now. In this article, we will go through some stay-at-home tips for people who are interested in hitting the gym but don’t have the time or resources to do so.
Create a routine for yourself
One of the benefits of going to a gym is that it helps you stay focused on a set goal by creating a structured routine around your workout. For example, if you have to be in the gym by 7 for weight loss exercise on Monday and at the same time on Tuesday for aerobics, you are more likely to be consistent with that commitment. However, in your house, you can get distracted easily, decide to do start with something else in the morning, and never really get around to working out the whole day.
If you wish to make home workout work, you must block out a certain time of the day for your workout and stay disciplined. You will achieve consistency that way.
Find accountability partners
The fact that you can’t go to the gym with other people doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to work with them to achieve your fat loss, muscle growth, or fitness goals. Find one or two people who are willing to undergo the same process as you and work with them to achieve your goals. You all can have the same routine and call each other to keep yourselves accountable every day. You can also decide to facetime and workout in real-time so that you are sure that everybody is involved in the process.
Doing this will help you build a sense of community with these people so that you don’t feel alone in your endeavor.
Watch tutorial videos online
If you are not sure of what to do, watching some videos online can help you with the process. There are home workout tutorials on muscle building, weight loss, aerobics, HIIT, and whatever you want to focus on. Most of these content creators online are personal trainers and gym coaches, so they are quite experienced in the kinds of exercise that works and how to follow a strict routine to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Watch these tutorials, or buy tapes if you are more comfortable watching on TV and training along with DVDs. If you don’t know how to build a routine for yourself, you can also search online for help and resources to guide you through the process.
Take it easy
Many people make the mistake of trying to do it all at once. They want to work on their arms, chest, and legs at the same time. It may feel like the right thing to do on the first day, but it gets exhausting pretty fast. Decide what goals you wish to achieve at the end of the process and create a routine that can slowly help you get to that goal. Workout slowly and increase the intensity of the workout as you get more comfortable with the routine.
If your focus is fat loss, don’t try to do all the fat loss exercises at once. Save some for other days of the week and slowly increase as you get more comfortable.
Do some outdoor exercise too
Don’t focus on just stretching, pushups, and other exercises you can do at home alone. Try out other exercises like walking, jogging, running, cycling, etc. These exercises help keep you in shape and can also be good for your emotional and mental health. However, remember to stay safe, follow safety procedures for the COVID-19 pandemic, and workout when the traffic flow is less.
Keep track of your records and success
Keeping track of your progress is a good way to motivate you to do more. Tick your calendar every day you work out. If you couldn’t work out for a day, record it down and why you couldn’t so that you can avoid the cause next time. Also, write your goals down and how far you’ve come so far. If your goal is weight loss, write down how many pounds you plan to lose and record your new weight every week when you check it on the scale.
Journaling the entire process can be fun in itself, and it will keep you focused on the target so that you don’t slack and fall too far behind.
Be cautious of your eating and sleeping habits
The easiest way to destroy your good work in a workout is to eat junk and sleep little. Ensure you eat healthy foods, reduce fats, sugar, and alcohol, and go for whole grains, fruits, and veggies. Also, aim to get at least 6 hours of sleep every day (more, if you can).
Remember that fitness is not a one-time thing. You must be consistent with exercising if you want to see any reasonable result. Setting goals, keeping yourself accountable, and keeping track of your success will help you stay consistent working at home until you can afford to go to a gym.