Staying in shape is very much a part of one’s personal routine in today’s fast-paced world in order to keep up with the physical and mental demands at work and at home. Gym memberships have risen and exercise clubs have sprouted almost everywhere. Although you get more motivation while in a gym to work out together with people wanting to keep in shape like you, it is also possible to stay in shape doing some work-outs at home. Home work-out routines allow you to set your own pace using minimal exercise equipment or none at all. Below are some tips.
- Take a look at your overall physical condition to determine which areas of your body will benefit from targeted work-outs. Are the muscles on the underside of your upper arms beginning to sag? Are you developing a paunch or love handles? Do you easily get tired after standing or walking for a while? Are your shoulders beginning to droop or you feel that you almost always slouch when you sit? Are your thighs and legs getting flabby? Check out which areas need a good work-out and concentrate on these, combined with other stretching and limbering exercises.
- Get a physical examination and consult your doctor about the types of exercise you need and what you can do at home. It is always a good idea to get a physical assessment before embarking on an exercise plan to gauge how much stress your body can take.
- Search for exercise routines that you can do at home. There are several websites where you can learn the proper execution of different exercises directed at different parts of the body. One site that is free, complete with full length videos and other instructions for general workout for different age groups is Scooby’s Home Building Workouts. Netfit is also a good place to check for home work-out routines. The site has several exercises for the lower and upper parts of the body for both beginners and advanced levels. Just follow the links from the middle right hand navigation panel in purple and lilac.
- Keep a list of the exercises that you are doing in a daily log. You should include the date and the number of repetitions that you did for a particular exercise so that you can monitor your progress. It would be a good idea to take a full length photograph of yourself before you start your home work-outs, and take another picture every month. This will motivate you to keep on doing your home-workouts because you can actually see your progress and improvement.
- Set the time to so your work-out. For some it is very beneficial for them to start their day with at least 30 minutes of exercise. For others, they want to end their work day with a work-out to relieve their stress. Whatever time you want to do your routine, be sure to keep it regular and maintain it. Wear comfortable clothes when you exercise. Make sure that your clothes do not hinder your movements. Stretchy shorts and shirts and sweat suits are ideal. Protect your feet by wearing thick socks and rubber shoes and use gloves when needed.
- Get other members of your family to work-out with you to make it more fun and enjoyable. You can keep motivated to keep exercising when you encourage and support each other. Set achievable goals each month and challenge your family members to do the same.
While keeping fit by doing home work-outs is essential, you should also understand that you need to rest when you feel your muscles getting sore. It is not good to punish areas of your body that are sore with more exercise. Allow it to rest and recover. Maintain your flexibility with some stretching and limbering exercises and go back to your routine when your body has recovered.