For many of us, at-home workouts are the ultimate fitness dream: Gyms have their advantages, sure, but the idea of being able to focus solely on your body and exercise routine from the comfort of your own home is the ideal workout scenario.
But where to begin? Finding the space and time for at-home workouts can be challenging. While home workouts are convenient, there is also the possibility to blow them off. As such, plan for a home workout as if it’s a spinning class, and you need to arrive in time to get your favorite [bike].
Then there’s the issue of finding the actual regimen that meets your personal fitness needs. There are so many options for working out at home now, with more technology and equipment available to more people. There is value to a great cardio workout, strength training, HIIT training, balance, yoga, and more. Think about what your goals are and design your workouts accordingly.
To help you do just that, I’ve compiled this start-to-finish guide to at-home workouts, from the home-gym equipment you’ll need (or not need — body-weight exercises are perfect for home fitness) to every workout type and target you could ever imagine.
How to Get Started
While it can be tempting to go straight to the fun part — picking which at-home workout plan you’re going to try first — as is the case when starting any new habit, it’s essential to nail down the basics to ensure you to succeed with your home exercise plan. With that in mind, here are the steps to follow to create the best at-home workout for you:
Step 1: Define your fitness goals.
This step is crucial because figuring out your exercise and overall wellness routine is about as personal as it gets. It’s deciding what you want for and from your body, after all!
Determining what you are hoping to accomplish — be it losing weight, toning your muscles, running a 5k, maintaining your strength as you get older, or just trying to move more — will make the next steps of this process much more manageable.
Step 2: Create a workout space.
It’s one thing to plan to set up a home gym, and it’s entirely another to know where that home gym is going to exist in your house. If the amount of space you need for a workout area doesn’t align with the amount of space you have, it might be time to go back to the drawing board — or get creative!
For example: Want to do a morning yoga routine but don’t have enough space for a mat? Try yoga moves you can do from your bed instead.
Step 3: Choose your workout equipment.
This step depends mostly on the steps before it, as the best home-gym equipment for you will vary widely based on your particular fitness goal and the amount of space you have to store and use that equipment.
Alternatively, if you don’t have space or money for lots of exercise equipment, there are tons of ways to work out at home without equipment, so don’t let that stop you from achieving your at-home workout goals.
Step 4: Get moving.
Now that you know what you want to accomplish with your workouts at home, where you will do said workouts, and have the equipment you need to do them. It’s time for the main event: working out!
If you’re new to working out, it can be a bit overwhelming knowing where to start. In general, it’s best, to begin with full-body, body-weight workouts that let you get used to the proper form of exercise before adding weight, but it also depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Another tremendous at-home fitness option for beginners is finding short, simple routines on YouTube.
There are many reasons to start an exercise plan at home, but one of the most common reasons is to lose weight. The ability to work out in the privacy of your own home can be especially lovely when you’re feeling less-than-confident about your body and don’t want to go to a gym. When it comes to weight-loss workouts at home, you’ve got plenty of options.
Types of At-Home Workouts
Have you recently fallen in love with Pilates? Can’t live without CrossFit? Don’t get discouraged or think that at-home exercises aren’t possible because you prefer a fitness style done in a studio or gym class. With a few easy modifications, the most popular workouts can be done in the comfort of your own home.
For instance, you can easily do this HIIT workout at home because it features body-weight exercises. Also, it means you don’t need to buy any special equipment before you can start sweating.
You don’t need expensive gear when it comes to strength training at home, either. Essential tools, such as kettlebells, dumbbells, and doorway pull-up bars, can be just as useful as the pricey machines you see at the gym.
Workouts for Women
Though exercises themselves don’t discriminate between men and women, there can be significant differences between men’s and women’s fitness and body goals. So while men are more than welcome to give these moves a try, they are geared more toward targeting women’s most common fitness goals and challenges.
Workouts for Men
Again, fitness isn’t about gender. However, the physique that some men are looking to develop does require a different exercise approach. So guys, whether you’re looking to get shredded, lose the man boobs, or even have better sex, look no further.
Listen up, guys: You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the body you want. High-intensity-interval training workouts, specifically, can help torch calories and build muscle even inside the comfort of your living room or backyard.
Workouts for Seniors
Regular exercise is excellent for you at any age (as long a health care professional gives you the all-clear!). But if you’re entering into the golden years of retirement and beyond, staying fit is even more critical. Especially if you want to keep doing all the things you enjoy. You’ll want to incorporate cardio exercise, balance training, and muscle strengthening into your routine — all of which you can do from the comfort of your own home.
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