Home Workout 101

I’ll be the first to admit working out at home for over a year has been a constant struggle. It’s just not the same for me as being able to go to a gym and have an array of equipment to choose from. Plus seeing others working out is great motivation.


Not everyone has the funds or space for a home gym so I thought I’d outline some basic items needed to workout effectively at home. I suggest putting mirrors up wherever you decide to work out so that you are able to watch your form. I’ll start with the least expensive route.


Body weight. The only real equipment that you need to work out at home is yourself. Without spending any money, you have your personal body. Cardio can be done inside or out.


Examples:

  • Jumping rope

  • Cycling

  • Swimming

  • Jumping Jacks

  • Running, walking, or jogging


Simple body weight movements: These are just the basics, there are endless options.

  • Squats

  • Burpees

  • Push-ups

  • Lunges

  • Crunches

  • Planking

  • Pull ups

  • Step ups

  • Tricep dips.

If you have just a little bit of money to spend these are some basic equipment options:

  • Adjustable dumbbells

  • Kettlebells

  • Yoga mat

  • Resistance bands

  • Exercise ball

  • Medicine ball

  • Step up box

  • Pull up bar


Higher end options:

  • Weight bench

  • Assorted dumbbells and weights

  • Cardio options: treadmill, elliptical, rower, stationary bike

  • Pull up station

  • Cable machine

  • Squat rack

  • Leg press


Taking care of yourself starts with choosing yourself. Getting up every morning and putting two feet on the ground and making decisions that are right for you. Listen to your body first of all, but do not listen to negative self talk. Put your workout clothes on and do your best. Ultimately the decision starts with you.


If you’re interested in my fitness program you can check it out here.


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