Stuck at home? Quarantined? No gym?
In light of the recent COVID-19 precautions, many are opting to stay home. Working-out at home, whether by force or by choice, has its benefits. And, it is possible to get a great sweat going without leaving your house.
By the way, did you know a gym is not a requirement for a good workout?
Easy for me to say, right? After all, I am a runner, and 98.999% of my runs happen in a non-gym setting (and, most of those runs also happen outdoors, in all kinds of extreme temps and weather conditions).
Granted, I do have a treadmill, but it's no secret that I seldom use it. I don't have a gym membership, nor do I have a viable space in my house for a home gym. I do manage to work out almost every day, though, in some capacity. And, I do it without spending a lot of money.
I believe if I can find a way to make the workouts happen, anyone else can too.
Here are some of the things I do to stay active and keep my fitness in check, all with very minimal expense:
Invest in a few "small" pieces of exercise equipment. I currently have three sets of hand weights...2-pound, 8-pound, and 12-pound dumb bells. The 2-pounders are so light, they don't get much use (unless I'm doing slow-motion side arm raises, in which case I can easily hold both of the 2-pound weights in one hand at a time). I use the 8 and 12-pound weights almost exclusively, though, depending on the number of reps and what kind of lift(s). I also have a 15-pound kettle bell and a variety of resistance bands. I probably have less than $100 invested in these few items, but they have served me well.
Yoga...it does a body good. Unfortunately, I don't make yoga a priority and I really need to work on that. Yoga can be done in a relatively small space as well. A yoga mat is ideal (for padding and also for your feet to grip), but is not mandatory
And, last but certainly not least...good old-fashioned walking or running. You can walk or run almost anywhere as long as you have a good pair of shoes and an eye for safety.
Some other things to consider:
**Exercising at home does require a special kind of self discipline. Going to a gym usually requires a bit of an effort to get there, but that also aids in the commitment to getting the workouts done.
**Working out at a gym will give you a lot of options in regards to equipment, exercise classes, one-on-one instruction from fitness trainers, as well as a broader experience in terms of socializing with fellow like-minded people.
**Assembling your own home gym may take time and a substantial financial investment, but you will have access 24/7 without needing to worry about extra travel time.
**I have not even touched on the vast array of online workouts available today...many of which don't require excess equipment to utilize.
Bottom line, I believe it all comes down to your passion to honor and take care of your body. Staying active and keeping fit can happen whenever you make the time, and it can happen without ever leaving your house.
A few related blog posts:
Taking It To The Stairs
HIIT Me Up!
No Gym? No Excuses!
Stuck Inside? A few non-running fitness options to consider
So, talk to me! What do you prefer...going to a gym or working out at home? Ever worked with a trainer, or just done your own thing? What's your favorite at-home piece of fitness equipment?
Some of the text and images first appeared in previous posts on this blog
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