Life seems to move at a faster pace than ever nowadays. Between work, home life, family, and social events, things can get pretty hectic. It’s difficult sometimes to find wiggle room in our schedules for a trip to the gym. This is why we’re big proponents of exercising at home. It’s convenient, cheap, and can even allow for multitasking.
So before you grab all the snacks and plop down on those couch cushions after work, take our solutions into consideration. In just a few simple steps, working out at home can be made easy.
- Set up a designated exercise area.
One problem we’ve run into with at-home workouts is struggling to gather the motivation to get moving. After all, you just came home from a long, tiring day, and the couch and TV are right there calling your name in the most enticing way… Designating a space for your workouts helps combat the couch potato mentality. Spare rooms, sunrooms, garages, and lofts are all perfect options. If you lack extra space, take your workouts outside. Set up an area on a covered porch, a deck, or just enjoy the open air. An added benefit to exercising outdoors: getting your sweat on big time!
- Gather the necessary equipment.
We’re not telling you to go out and invest in a treadmill or some fancy Bowflex-type machine. In fact, you don’t need to spend a single dime on clunky exercise machines. It’s easy to find free workout videos and advice online, which means you really only need a computer or Smart TV and an Internet connection. If you want to get more involved, here are a few pieces of equipment we recommend keeping around: a yoga mat, a couple of sweat towels, hand weights, a jump rope, and some resistance bands. If you have the room and a few extra dollars, you can obviously go bigger. Splurge on that elliptical if you want, and maybe even add a mini-fridge so you always have water or sports drinks on hand.
- Prepare ahead of time.
Getting things together for a workout is part of the struggle for time. Prepare well in advance so that when it’s time to sweat, you can get right down to the nitty-gritty without having to set up first. Cleaning up your space after every session is key. Entering a room that’s ready and waiting is much more motivating than having to rearrange your stuff before every workout. If your exercise space is in a high-traffic area like the living room, establish a quick setup routine. For example, if you work out in the morning, take a moment just before bedtime to roll back the area rug, push aside any furniture that might be in the way, and arrange your gear. That way, everything will be in plain sight and ready for you with minimal effort.
Working out at home is a great way to save time and money. The more convenient it is, the more likely you will be to get some physical activity in, even on your busiest days. Implementing these tips should give you an inspiring jumping-off point for creating the perfect workout space in your home.