With the New Year quickly approaching, odds are you have some healthy New Year’s resolutions in mind. While many resolutions often include a new gym membership, that may not be an option for you this year, as many of us continue to juggle pandemic stay-at-home orders, gym closures, and health concerns. The good news is you don’t need a gym membership to get fit. Here are a few tips to break a sweat and stay fit at home.
1. Have a Plan
Going to a physical location such as a gym or studio makes it natural to block out the time in your schedule for a workout. However, when working out at home, it can be easy to get distracted. It’s important to set a schedule - time and space for working out at home - and stick to it. Try your best to anticipate any schedule changes in advance, if something does come up reschedule your workout immediately. Sticking to your schedule will help you build consistency in your new routine, making it more sustainable and realistic long term.
2. Use What You Have
You may not have access to all of the equipment you’d prefer to have while working towards specific fitness goals at home, and that’s okay. Rather than giving up because you don’t have specific equipment, consider what equipment or household items you do have that you could use to build your fitness routine. There’s so much you can do to stay fit at home even with just your bodyweight or small items like dumbbells or a jump rope.
3. Try Something New
If you’re used to working out at a gym, it can be frustrating to try to recreate a similar workout at home if you’re lacking the proper equipment. Instead, consider trying new types of exercise or working on skills that could help make you more well-rounded.
For example, if you’re used to lifting heavy weights at the gym, try focusing more on cardio, flexibility, or nailing skill exercises like handstands or Tricep pushups. If your routine is usually more cardio-based, try your hand at bodyweight or strength training with light dumbbells at home to challenge your body in a new way. Trying something new will give you something exciting to focus on, is great for cross training, and will make you more well-rounded and balanced.
4. Do Online Classes
There are online classes for everything these days from dance cardio to yoga, cycling to strength training! There’s a little something out there for everyone. Even if you have a solid routine, and enjoy building your own workouts, scheduling a few online workouts a week can be a fun way to mix up your routine, and challenge yourself in ways you’re not used to! Be sure to check out the Official Sunny Health & Fitness YouTube Channel for tons of free workouts you’re sure to love.
5. Invest in Equipment
While you may be able to find something that works with what you have using the tips above, maybe you’re that person who has your heart set on that shiny new piece of fitness equipment. I can’t blame you! You’ll never regret investing in your health and fitness goals, as having something you know you’ll love and use in the comfort of your own home is a great way to get back in the groove and stay on track with your fitness goals. Even when the gyms and studios do open back up, having an option for fitness at home will make it convenient to get your workout in no matter what comes up. Be sure to check out our fitness equipment, designed for a variety of budgets and preferences.
Staying fit at home doesn’t have to be complicated, but it may require some thought and adjustment to your current schedule. Be open to making the changes necessary to make your fitness goals a reality, and make it happen. I hope these tips will help you stay fit at home this year, and build a sustainable routine in the New Year and for years to come!