With this COVID-19 outbreak, when the world has stopped, there is not much to do for the people at home. No more movie cinemas, water parks, shopping, or even partying. That’s why we’ve been focusing on creating better home workouts so often this past year or so.
When everything is closed, so are the gyms. The gym enthusiasts are missing their favorite place. And not just them, people who never went to the gym are considering working out with so much time in their hands.
So fret not! You can work out from home. Here is a compiled list of 7 efficient tips that can help you out!
1. Track Your Journey
How else would you know? How many squats did you do? How long did you run? If you can’t track it, how would you possibly improve? And how would you celebrate your milestones?
Keep a diary or a calendar. Mark every single exercise you do. Write your progress daily. And if possible, write how you felt at the end of it. Now every single day, try to do better than yesterday. Some athletes also prefer to keep a food journal so they can closely monitor their calorie and macronutrient intake.
Not only you’ll be motivated, but you will also go further every passing day and you will succeed in achieving that body, weight, or health that you dreamt of!
2. Make a Workout Plan
Just because you are working from home, doesn’t mean you don’t need a plan. You are motivated today but you may not stay motivated tomorrow. So make a plan. How many days and for how many hours. Motivation may come and go but once you have a plan, you are in for a long game.
A proper plan will eliminate the decision making and all you will do is focus on the exercises. Also, it will hold you accountable, if you ever get lazy. And while making the plan, add tiny progressive steps. Because after certain days, you’ll be glad to see how far you’ve come.
3. Increase Workout Intensity Slowly
The best part of exercising from home is, you are in control of everything. You can push your body as far as you can take it and gradually improve the intensity of your workout.
The point to note here is – take it slowly. Because if you set high goals too soon, then you may not be able to achieve it and will be disheartened about it. You may have performed better than most of the days, but this failure can demotivate you.
Another most important reason is – don’t neglect your body. Listen to it. Don’t push too much too soon. If you are out of breath or feel any pain in any part of the body, then stop it. Moving forward gradually is the best way to succeed soon and prevent any kind of injuries.
4. Remove All Distractions
The right frame of mind is critical to your workout. So, remove your mobile phones, laptops, TV, and even pets from your surroundings. Why would you need them anyway? Nobody has gone fitter by watching TV.
Take a step and eliminate any distractions. Instead, use a stopwatch to track your reps. Create the surroundings that can help you work out, that push you off the bed, and say, ‘Let’s do this for 30 minutes straight!’ Take that ‘me time’ and focus on nothing but working on your body.
5. What Works Best For You?
You have done the most important thing. Took the first step. Now, what’s next? You want to tone your body or boost your weight or build muscles or lose weight? Don’t just follow anybody’s workout plan. Exercise for the body you want. Make your own plan according to what works best for you.
This is called smart training. It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working smart. Train for your goals, what you want to achieve. Only you can figure out what is required to go from the body you have to the body you want.
6. Create a Workout Space
Setting time, day, and frequency is not enough. You can’t just work out anywhere. You need to have a proper place for it. To create one in your home. Find that area that you most like and convert it into your private mini-gym.
Now, bring all the required equipment and place it in your mini home gym. If you don’t know what you’ll need, ACE Certified Trainer Alex Smith at Fitness Training Star reviews and compares home gym equipment, so he’ll have you covered over there.
Alex and his team of fitness enthusiasts provide buying guides on exercise bikes, smart home gyms, smart rowing machines, vertical climbers, dumbbells and much more. Placing all your equipment in one place will not only boost you up but will save you time and energy to bring it from other corners of the house.
7. Groove to Your Music
Ever wondered why there is music in all the gyms? Or to think of it, there is music in every place you like. Why is that? You’ll be surprised to know that music can soothe anyone and helps you focus on the tasks at hand.
So, pick your favorite playlist. Make sure you don’t pick a piece of slow music rather pick something of high tempo to match your workout intensity. Something that gets you charged for better home workouts and makes you push it a little harder to improve strength, speed, and agility.