When it comes to our fast paced society, it can be really easy to put your own personal physical health on the back burner. We find ourselves falling into traps and habits of not getting to the gym, but maybe you’ll start waking up early next week and going. And then maybe the week after that. You’ve heard yourself go through this again and again, that now, even if you don’t believe in yourself. Getting and staying in a healthy routine does not always require hour long trips to the gym at 5 a.m. There are plenty of awesome workouts you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
The use of video streaming and social media allows us access to highly qualified professionals constantly. Fitness is no exception to this. There are entire online yoga communities and subscriptions to videos that are available to you 24/7. Yoga is an awesome practice to have at home as it not only helps with your physical fitness, but it also allows you to move into a calm and clear state of mind in your own home. Many people associate their yoga studios with peace and clarity, would it not be awesome to have those feelings about the space you live in?
Getting your heart rate up is super important in a well rounded workout. It might seem like cardio is an unlikely option for a home work out, but there are many routes you can take to achieve this aside from the classics like running in place and jump roping. Quickly bringing your knees as high to your chest as possible one at a time in thirty second intervals is a great way to get your blood flowing. Do that on and off for three minutes and you will definitely feel the burn.
Lifting weights in a gym is a great way to get that muscle definition you are hoping for, but you might not need then to achieve it. Using your own body weight strategically as leverage against itself is a fantastic way to build up core strength. If you can already do several pushups, challenge yourself by adding more to each set or by putting your weight on your knuckles. Between each set, hold yourself in a full body plank, then go right back into the next set. If you are not able to do several push ups, build your strength up by holding a full body plank as long as you can. And then hold it again two more times. Soon, you will be strong enough for full on pushups.
There are so many different modified lunges out there that you can experiment with, but it is always nice to come back to the tried and true classic. Lunging in place properly takes a lot of focus and core discipline. Be sure to keep the proper upright posture in the entire time.
When done properly and strategically, these few workouts hit so many different key areas of your body, you will not even miss the gym! No excuses, no time to waste, get to work!