Many of us want to achieve weight loss and get fit. However, the thought of hitting the gym or public classes do not appeal to us.
For some of us, it could be work commitments that do not allow us the luxury to make time to go out and work out, or, there are child and elderly care that is stopping us, health issues for some, commuting to-and-fro is a hassle, or there isn’t a good facility in the vicinity that offers us the choice of our activity.
Whatever is the reason for not hitting the gym, it should definitely not stop you from getting fit at home.
Any weight loss program is 80% good eating and 20% exercise. Both need to go hand in hand if you plan to lose weight. There is no point in spending hours working out, whether in the gym or at home if we can not control our diet can not control
step towards any weight loss and fitness programs are to correct eating habits and follow a sensible and sustainable diet, tailored for our body.
Exercise allows us to keep the body in a calorie deficit state. It helps us build muscle tone, which in turn burns fats and keeps us lean. To build muscle tone and burn fat, one must do a combination of strength and cardiovascular exercises.
However, we do not require complex equipment that is available in the gym.
The same results can be achieved at home as well, with little or no investment at all.
Here is how you can build an effective workout routine for yourself at home:
1: Build the time in your routine – It is of no use if you simply keep thinking that you should workout, without putting in an effort to make that happen. Set a fixed schedule aside, preferably at the same time of the day to exercise.
2: Build Discipline – Use methods like fitness trackers, maintaining food and exercise journals or having a workout buddy to set goals, track them, and build in the discipline.
3: Build a workout routine: There plenty of free and paid workout resources available online. Check YouTube to find full body circuits, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Strength and a myriad of other free video resources that teach you to exercise, in the comfort of your home.
Finding something that you love to do is an important factor for a sustainable fitness program. Choose activities that you personally like doing and look forward to.
4: Reward yourself: A simple trick to having an effective routine and sticking to it is to reward yourself whenever you meet a mid-term goal. For example, if you lose 5 kilos or 10 pounds in 3 months as per your goal, buy yourself a piece of workout equipment that you have been eyeing, or treat yourself to a dessert.
5: Break the monotony: The best part about working out at home is that you are free to choose your exercise routines. Mix and match to break the monotony and keep your body guessing what the next workout is going to be. It could be one yoga routine one day, another on the next, and shake things up with a dance routine on the third.