Your exercise program at home is done from the comfort of your own home - you know, no one will be watching you and your body.....
Pssssttttt! That should at least get you jump out from your potato couch somewhere .......Ready? Ready to get set, that is, to make "home exercises" exciting for you?
What I advocate here is "home" exercise program and the proper ways to start and sustain one. No gimmick whatsoever.
If you're a beginner in this home exercise program which emphasizes on toning exercise; cardio exercise; strength training exercise and stretch exercise, you'll need to consult your doctor first and get his or her clearance if:
It's important you do this first because your level of fitness is important to determine whether you're suitable for the exercises I featured in this site and also for your safety and general health.
So do this first thing first.
What are your goals in starting an exercise program at home?
Do you want to:
Whatever goals you've, be specific about them. When you don't have specific goals, it's hard to measure your performance as you move along, to see how far you've progressed.
It's probably good to field a few questions to yourself, as guiding parameters to help you set your goals:
After setting your goals, you'll need to figure out how to achieve them.
Say, one of your goals is to tone your butts, thighs and hips.
You need to figure out how it's gonna be done.
By following instruction in a book on toning exercise? By getting into video-based exercise workouts?
Or by hiring a trainer ?
Once you know what to do to achieve your goals, move your butts and do the act!!!
May be you're the type who find it hard to get up and get going.
No sweat there. I've got here some "nice" ways to get you out of your couch and act!
You should know how much space you need for a workout. Zero in on a favorite room or a cozy corner in your house to begin with.
As you'll be doing toning and strength exercises, you would need adequate space for them. Try stand in the center of a room, then lunge forward, backward and to both sides.
If you've enough room to luxuriously move around, the room has "adequate" space for your workout.
Scout out your room to make sure it's free of things so that you won't trip over (worst, get yourself injured) while working out.
At home, the types of floor surfaces you can workout on usually come in the forms of carpet, linoleum, tile, marble or wood. You need to make sure that the surface is flat. This is crucial as uneven surface makes it difficult for you in your exercise movement.
Shoe is a must in your exercise program at home.
Choose shoe that's fitting, comfortable to wear, with adequate shock absorption and that offers stability and strong support.
If you're running, put on running shoes that are fit and comfortable.
If you're walking, choose walking shoes that offer plenty of stability and strong support to your heels and ankles.
Well, workout wear isn't less important just because you're working out at home.
A nice workout wear would help to lift up your spirit, brighten up your routine day and bring a nice smile to your face because you know with your toned and slim body, you look good in the outfit!
What's more, it's a way of rewarding yourself after all your hard work exercising! I always do this, you know, buying new workout wears, to spur me on.
An exercise program at home, so does that mean you need a home gym?
A home gym, sounds cool, huh?
Do you need to set one up?
And what about buying some real cool exercise equipment?
Well, it depends on your needs, really.
For me, I go for the basics - easy and economical!
If you just started working out, there may not be the need now to have a home gym. You still do good with the basics like a comfy room, a pair of shoes and workout wear.
Accompany your exercise program at home with proper nutrition as you need a healthy diet to help keep your body in top form to do all your daily activities.
Analyze your diet, find out how many calories you're eating and whether you're getting all your nutrients. You'd be surprised how much "junk", "fat" and "sugar" stuff you put into your body -time to make some changes in your diet!
The easier way to make changes is to start these eating habits first:
You can also follow some delicious and simple meal plans and still eat healthy diets.
You think I'm touching something not important in relation to you having an exercise program at home?
All the more important since the useful and insightful tips will help you do correct exercises and let you enjoy your time sweating out!
Remember you're working out on your own. It's pretty hard to stay on top of things all the time!
Sometimes, you feel like you're not getting anywhere -
You're discouraged because you don't see results as fast as you want them to; you're tired; you're fed up with the whole idea of exercise; you find yourself dragging your feet when it's time to exercise....
And you just want to throw in the towel and call it quit......
Hey, welcome to my club.....I did that all the time!!!
I overcame this by visualizing myself having a fit, toned, healthy and beautiful body and looking absolutely fab in all kinds of clothes, to psyche myself up.
Of course, the pep talk, support and mentoring advice from a trainer go a long way to sustain me in the home exercise program.
That's why if you start out fresh and you opt for an exercise program at home, I recommend you go for personal training.
You may find that a helping and supporting hand from a trainer could be the magical motivation you need.
I also reward myself richly once I stay on course or achieve my goals by having fun nights out with friends or spoil myself rotten with luxurious body spa treatment or buying new clothes or.....
Let's face it, you'll do good progress in your program because you'll be looking forward to these special, extra rewards for yourself!
You hit a plateau if your exercise program at home is the same with same number of reps every time you work out since your body will adapt to that workout, over a period of time. You'll not see much progress and you'll feel frustrated.
Don't do that!
Be resilient and creative!
Change your exercises regularly to avoid "staleness", by sprinkling "sparkles" of changes like these:
It's not that only home exercises will give you loads of benefits, it's the whole idea of exercise that practically brings wonderful happenings to your body.
Do you know that exercise program at home or exercise done anywhere else is gonna transformed your body's health from even the worst to become better?
Look at these health issues and see the power of exercise at work:
Quite a few things to plan and take care of, this stuff of starting an exercise program at home!
Don't worry, you'll do just fine.
It's not that difficult to do and succeed, both at the same time.....
But, the "ugly" part----
There aren't any shortcuts to this and it'll require some level of effort and discipline on your part.
What makes it easier is your proper planning, preparation and commitment.
And you'll stay tuned to the program!