5 Tips For Getting A Great Home Workout

This is a guest post by Sarah Bregel.

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” – Gene Tunney

Exercising at home is a great way to make working out fit into almost any schedule.

It’s also one of the most affordable options.

Who needs a gym membership when there are exercise apps., DVD’s and on-demand workouts abound?

But as a personal trainer, I often encounter clients who aren’t making the most out of their home workouts and their overall health gradually declines as a result.

Here are a few tips for home-exercisers who want to optimize their workout plans and get (or stay) in the best shape possible.

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live  Jim Rohn

1. Minimize distractions- Though watching a sitcom may take your mind off the discomfort of exercising, it’s not a great way to get the best workout possible.

When you’re focusing your attention outward, you may not be giving your best effort to your routine.

The goal is to be focused on the task at hand- that means no talking on the phone or watching TV.

Listening to music, however, is a great way to turn your focus inward and go deeper into the workout.

 

2. Vary your routine – It’s easy to get stuck in a workout rut.

We find a routine we like, we get comfortable. But changing things up is one of the best ways to see results fast.

When your body becomes too used to the same workout, it is no longer challenging, which is an integral part of getting in shape.

Adding a few new moves or trying a new routine all together is a great way to amp up your workout session.

 

3. Keep moving- Don’t saunter through your workout.

If you are exercising for weight loss, your heart-rate should be elevated throughout the workout and you should be sweating!

Even if you are jogging or walking in place, try to minimize taking breaks.

This is accomplished a bit easier in a gym setting than when you’re at home alone, so be conscious of how much working out you are actually fitting in.

 

4. Stretch- This is one area that often gets neglected, but it’s actually one of the most important parts of the workout routine.

Not only will taking 5-10 minutes to stretch at the end of a workout make your body feel better, it will also help to prevent injury and minimize soreness.

 

5. Make it count- Time is not always on our side, and that’s okay. But if you only have time for a shorter workout, make it a tough one!

You can make up for lack of time with added effort.

On the other hand, if you are lacking on energy but have more time on a particular day, use it to keep moving for an extra ten to fifteen minutes. Those longer sessions and extra UMPH add up in no time!

Sarah Bregel is a mother, a writer, a women’s personal trainer, and the creator of BHealthyBmore.com. She loves yoga, food and wine, and believes everything in moderation is the best advice in the world. She lives in Mount Washington with her husband, Marshall and her daughter, Piper. 

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