Stay Active with These Home Workout Tips

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Cold weather can make it hard to workout, especially if you don’t have a gym membership. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to get active right in your own home. It won’t cost you a lot, and you can still get a great full-body workout. Here are a few tips.

  • No equipment? No problem. You don’t need fancy weight machines and treadmills to get a good workout. Your body is really the only piece of equipment you need. Planks, squats, bridges, and lunges use your own body weight to provide resistance. Exercises like these can help you build strength, improve balance, and increase flexibility. There are also more cardio-based bodyweight exercises, such as burpees and jumping jacks. These can get your heart pumping and increase your lung capacity. Include some of these in your workout mix for an aerobic component.
  • Get an assist from videos. Workout videos are available in different formats. There are DVDs, online videos, TV programs, and web-based apps. In fact, you can find video workouts right here on the Healthyroads Blog under Fitness (https://healthyroadsblog.com/category/fitness/fitness-videos/). There are a broad range of workouts available on the blog and online elsewhere, including yoga, boxing, and dance workouts. Some programs focus more on cardio; others focus more on strength training. Choose a program that piques your interest and suits your fitness level. Make sure the programs you choose include a mix of strength, aerobic, and flexibility training. Also, look for programs that are created by credible fitness organizations and use certified fitness instructors. This can help ensure you get a good workout and avoid injury.
  • Accessorize your workout. You don’t need much, beyond your body, to get a good workout. But a few gadgets can challenge you and add a little variety. You might want to buy a yoga mat, some dumbbells or resistance bands, a stability or balance ball, and a jump rope. You can find fitness gadgets like these at most sporting goods stores or online. Before you buy, think about what items you would use the most. And also think about the space you have available to store any gear you might buy.

 

Before each workout, warm up for 5 to 10 minutes. You could do some jumping jacks or march in place. Once your body is warmed up, you can start your exercise routine. If you’re using a video or DVD, just follow along with the program. If you are designing your own workout, choose 8 to 10 exercises that work all the major muscle groups in your body. After your workout, cool down and stretch for 5 to 10 minutes. The full workout will take about 30 minutes.

If you are new to exercise, or you haven’t been active in a while, talk with your doctor before you start a workout routine. And then start slowly and build up little by little.

Working out at home can be a great option. You can get a complete workout for little or no expense. You can exercise any time you want. And you don’t have to go outside when it’s dark, cold, rainy, or snowy. A home workout routine may help you stay on track with your fitness goals in 2017.