Starting to exercise is one of the best decisions you will ever make for your health and body. The better part is that you don’t need any fancy equipment to get started.
Here is all you need to know when planning to start working out from home.
Starting to work out is a process. The first part is the preparation. Before you start working out, understand your current health. There are various medical conditions like undergoing surgery and other underlying conditions requiring caution when working out. Consult your doctor on the best possible workout options.
Remember, no matter your health condition or age, you can always work out.
Once you have assessed your health condition, the next step is to draw your goals. People work out for various reasons. Are you looking to lose or gain weight? Are you looking to build muscles? Or are you looking to keep fit?
Once you know what you are looking to achieve, you can set the workout plan. First, draw out the SMART metric goals – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Print out these goals, then stick them in an easy-to-access location. Also, inform a few family members or friends of your plans for the needed support system.
Now that you have the workout plan, the next step is to get into work. Here are some of the beginner workout options.
- The basics
Beginner workout sessions can involve something as minimal as walking around. Walking around helps you burn energy, improve balance, build muscular strength and improve flexibility.
However, some days you might not find a place to walk, most probably due to the weather. In such a case, the other basics are stepping up and downstairs, getting up and down from the floor, and getting in and out of a chair.
- Strength conditioning
Most of the basic at-home exercises are cardiovascular that only take a few minutes. The next step is to start exercising while targeting specific muscles. This is where you introduce weights that you can comfortably lift. You then increase the weights once you get comfortable with a particular set. You can also increase the number of sets and repetition.
Consider strength conditioning twice a day.
- Flexibility training
Your beginner at-home exercises should also involve slow, sustained stretches lasting around 20 – 30 seconds.
The other at-home beginner workout tips include;
Invest in a home workout equipment
While most beginner workouts don’t require expansive gym equipment, you need them to ensure faster gains. The equipment also helps you to track improvements. Some of the home equipment to have include treadmills, free weights, and exercise balls.
Look for online workout guides and classes.
There are tons of workout Youtube videos and other content you can use for your home training. Implement what you learn from the content you consume.
Join a gym
At-home exercising is the beginning of your fitness journey. Within time you will outgrow your personal workout sessions. Look for a nearby gym with a qualified instructor to guide you.