Keeping fit used to be a lot simpler. Ask a senior how they managed to keep on top of their fitness along with all the other aspects of a busy life, and they’ll tell you. Not everyone had a car, so they walked most places. Much of their work was less automated than it is now, so doing the manual work burned calories – and so on and so forth.
These days, because we have so many things that supposedly save time, other things have expanded to fill that time. We now spend longer commuting and at work, and as a result, we are sat down a lot more.
Staying fit, however? We are told to do it, but the spare time we have to go to the gym is limited.
Many people seek to find a way around this by working out in whatever way we can at home. That’s better than nothing, but the way we do it may be counterproductive. If you can’t make it to the gym, some exercise at home is better than nothing – but you need to make sure what you do is worth doing.
There’s No Substitute For The Right Equipment
You’ll no doubt have read your fair share of home gym hacks. For example, instead of working out with dumbbells, use cans as makeshift weights. Don’t use a rowing machine, you can get the same result with resistance bands – that kind of thinking.
While that may get some results, it’s fair to say that it has its limitations. Better home gym equipment means better results. You may not have space for a full home gym, but most of us can find a spare corner for some equipment. If space is really at a premium, then it might be worth investigating foldaway pieces; if you’re intrigued here are some of the best folding treadmills to consider, and most other common gym equipment will have a similar alternative.
An affordable set of kettle bells will work your muscles better than cans, too. Just do your research.
No Personal Trainer? No Problem!
One advantage that gyms have over homes is that gyms are packed with highly-specialist trainers, who will advise you on how to maximize your workout. Without that, you can spend too much time running and not enough stretching. Or, as another example, you hit the weights too much and not get your core strengthened. The result is lopsided and unreliable.
If you’re working out at home, you will be better serviced by taking tips from videos online. These should give you timings to follow, to prevent you doing one thing at the expense of variety. The right videos will keep you honest.
Use “Dead Time” Productively
One advantage of working out at home is that the time spent between other tasks becomes an opportunity to work on fitness. So, while dinner is cooking, you can get on the treadmill or exercise bike to top up your fitness. Squeezing in an actual trip to the gym in this time would be impossible – but as you’re home anyway, you don’t need to worry about anything else.