When I began writing this article I was going to make a really big and elaborate list about all the things that working out at home allows you to do. But I was struck by something. When I really started to write, I recognized the simplicity that exists and you achieve when working out in your your own home. There really is nothing better than being able to get in great shape and not have to deal with all the things that go with joining a traditional gym.
In fact, what came to mind instead was all the things that you can avoid by working out at home and not joining a gym. Things like:
- The high monthly cost and the usual contract that goes with it
- Time spent driving to and from the gym
- Spending wasted time waiting on equipment you want to use and also having to witness all the people admiring themselves in the mirror every 5 minutes
- The terrible songs that are played constantly
- All the stereotypically people you run into at the gym, the majority of which have an odor about them
I think you get it. You are probably pretty cognizant that, because your life is so very busy as well as money is so limited nowadays that joining a traditional gym exercises isn’t the best use of your time or your cash.
So, now that we understand the value of working out at home, what do you need to have great at home workouts?
The answer is, really not that much. You do need a few things, however compared to the checklist above it seems like nothing. So, without further ado here is the best list I could come up with about what you need to have great in home workouts.
This doesn’t have to be a room in your house but in the winter months this will probably be a better place given nobody wants to workout outside when it’s freezing out. When the weather is nice you can exercise outside in a park, in your backyard and/or just about any place you want. Having a space in your home to workout is something I would recommend but it doesn’t have to be a large space, just enough room for you to move around without worrying about knocking anything over.
The real advantage to workout out at home is the time it really saves. When you really think about it, it’s actually a lot of time. Consider the time it takes to get dressed, drive to and from the gym, wait on equipment and then having chatty people talk to you while you workout, it’s a lot of time that isn’t even spent working out. When you can workout at home you can be much more efficient with your workouts, not only can you save valuable time but you can also get more results due to more focused and enjoyable workouts.
Probably my favorite part of working out at home is that I learned you don’t need much equipment to really have a great workout. By utilizing your own bodyweight and being creative you will have fantastic workouts and become more in tuned with your body. Workout equipment is perfectly fine, it’s just not mandatory to get in great shape. As you progress though I would suggest getting some resistance bands, high quality wrist wraps (my favorite are from Essential Fitness) and maybe a pull up bar.
These 3 things will help get you started having great at home workouts, be sure to always be learning and get creative with your workouts. Now get off the computer and get to moving!