Not everyone can make it to the gym three or four times a week. Some of us just don’t have the time, it is to costly or you feel to embarrassed to workout in front of all those strangers. Whatever your reason , your just not going to the gym. Well there is always the possibility of working out at home. The question is ” can you get in a good workout at home?” The answer is yes! Even 15 minutes 3 times a week will do you a lot of good. 30 minutes is even better But for some of us, as indicated above, finding time is a factor so we start out with the 15 minutes 3 times a week.
Start out with something easy like taking a walk around the block. You can always put on the Walkman and set your pace to the music. A treadmill is something you can park in front of the TV if the weather doesn’t permit a walk outside. I like the no impact Gazelle which gives me both an upper and lower body workout. You can catch them on sale pretty often for under $100.00 Wrist and ankle weights are inexpensive and can be worn to enhance the results of your workout. a pair of 5 to 10 lb dumbbells are great to have around. You can pick them up when ever you have a few moments and do a few reps or just walk around with them. remember strength training is lifting something heavy and when your starting out 10 lbs can be pretty heavy.
A stationary bike is another great way to get your exercise in. Make sure you have a comfortable seat on the bike or you’ll end up not using it much. There are also many different exercise videos and DVDs out there for you to utilize. there’s dancersize, Pilate’s, aerobics, and even kickboxing routines on video. Just pop it in and join the folks on your TV screen in a fun workout. One great thing about going with the video or DVD workout is that they are timed to include a warm up and cool down to prevent the exerciser from injury.
Your workout might start something like this. Spend 5 minutes with basic stretching. Reach up with arms over head then slowly bend down to touch your toes keeping your legs straight repeat this 5 times . Next lunge forward with one leg stretched straight behind you. Do this 5 times for each leg. After completing the leg lunges, reach your right arm up and bend your body slowly to the left and then back up. After 5 repetitions switch to the other side with you left arm raised as you bend to the right. Stretching is important before any exercise routine because it helps to “warm up” your muscles and prevents injury. After completing your “warm up” then you may begin the exercise routine of your choice. I personally like to switch up. One day I do strength training with resistance exercise, and the next day I do cardio such as aerobics. It makes it a little less tedious to switch up.
Which ever home workout idea appeals to you, the main thing is to get moving. Living a sedentary life style is very dangerous to your health. Less active adults are at greater risk of dying of heart disease and developing chronic ailments such as colon cancer, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes “A sedentary lifestyle is more dangerous tor your health than smoking”, says a new study reported in the South China Morning Post, and carried out by the University of Hong Kong and the Department of Health. In this study 20% of all deaths of people 35 and older were attributed to a lack of physical activity. That’s more then the percentage of deaths than can be attributed to cigarette smoking.
It seems that being a couch potato can literally kill you, So get up and start moving.
The important thing to remember when working out at home is that it must become part of your routine. You have to stick with it to see the results you want. remember, this is going to make you into a stronger, healthier you.