There isn’t an exact science or formula out there that can help you to determine the best fitness regimen for your needs, or calculate how often you need to engage in certain exercises to meet the right results. Exercise and fitness shouldn’t be seen as a quick fix to a weight problem or a desire to drop a few dress sizes – instead, it should be a way of life that helps you to be happier and healthier for longer.
At this point, only 47% of adults meet the physical activity guidelines laid out for aerobic activity, and a significant 60% don’t get the amount of exercise that they need. Although there are many factors that may contribute to a lack of fitness throughout the world today, one of them may be the desire to stay away from the judgement and expense of joining a gym.
Fortunately, it’s possible to get all of the benefits of a high-quality exercise regimen within the comfort of your own home. Following are some tips on how you can make the most out of your fitness goals when exercising at home.
1. Commit to Your Workout
Simply put, you’re going to struggle to achieve your goals – no matter how big or small, if you don’t have the dedication required to keep moving and pushing yourself to the next level. A lot of people approach the concept of getting fit, particularly in the New Year – but they get stuck somewhere between the desire for change, and the ambition to actually do something about it. Working out with consistency and drive is crucial if you want to achieve a more active lifestyle.
Find something that motivates you – it can be anything at all, from a playlist that you start listening to from the moment you’re ready to work out, or a series of alarms that keep you in check. You’ll find that this is usually the best way to lose weight.
2. Make a Plan, and Track Your Progress
Any workout – whether at home or at the gym can quickly lose direction if you don’t have a plan. That’s why many weight loss programs involve step-by-step guides for helping you reach your goals. If you’re not sure how to get started, you may find that it’s helpful to speak to a fitness trainer in London, or a personal trainer, who can give you advice and guidance on what you need to achieve your goals. For some people, this may lead to a 12-week at home workout plan that has them seeing results in no-time.
If you do take part in a 12 week at home workout program, remember to track your progress every step of the way, with notes of your new weight, pictures of your figure, and more. Not only will this give you something great to look back on when you’ve reached your fitness goals, but it’ll also act as part of that all-important motivation required to keep you moving forward.
3. Know How to Use Perfect Form
This can be a particularly difficult step for some people to accomplish – particularly when their workouts are taking place at home. However, making sure that you’re using the right form to achieve your fitness goals can ensure that you start to make progress faster, and with less chance of injury. Again, this may be a place where you need to talk to a personal trainer, London, but you’ll quickly find that once you get the hang of certain movements and workouts, you’ll need very little extra help.
If you do struggle, you can always try partnering up with a friend for your workout sessions. Not only will this give you someone to double-check that you’re doing your routines correctly, but it will also give you a person to hold yourself accountable to if you ever feel like skipping out on an exercise session.
4. Remember to Rest and Celebrate
Remember that exercising on a regular basis is a healthy habit, but there can be such thing as “too much” of a good thing. Overtraining your body to the point where you have no time to rest and recover can lead to serious problems, so don’t lose yourself to the idea that you’ll achieve your goals faster if you simply work your body to breaking point. Resting allows your body to keep up with your exercise regimen, and means that you’ll keep seeing benefits – instead of potential injuries.
At the same time, when you’re resting, try to give yourself an opportunity to celebrate the little bits of progress you have been making. Committing yourself to fitness is a touch challenge, so make sure that you set manageable goals and give yourself the credit you deserve when you reach them.
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Marc Dressen, MSc
Personal Trainer in London
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