How to Find the Best At-Home Workouts for You
“While home workouts are convenient, there is also the possibility to blow them off because, well, you can always to it later,” says Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, president of the American College of Sports Medicine. "As such, plan for a home workout as if it's a spinning class and you need to arrive in time to get your favorite bike," she says, or block that tempting TV remote with your workout clothes.
Then there's the issue of finding the actual regimen that meets your personal fitness needs. "There are so many options for working out at home now, with more technology and equipment available to more people," Schmitz says. "There is value to a great cardio workout, strength training, HIIT training, balance, yoga and more. Think about what your goals are and design your workouts accordingly."
So get ready to lose weight, boost your metabolism, build muscle or accomplish whatever personal fitness goal you've set for yourself right from your living room (or basement, or garage, or hallway, or... well, you get the picture!).
How to Get Started With At-Home Workouts
While it can be tempting to go straight to the fun part — picking which at-home workout plan you're going to try first — as is the case when starting any new habit, it's important to first nail down the basics to ensure you're set up to succeed with your home exercise plan. With that in mind, here are the steps to follow to create the best at-home workout for you.
Step 1: Define your fitness goals. This step is often overlooked, but it's crucial because figuring out your exercise and overall wellness routine is about as personal as it gets. It's literally deciding what you want for and from your body, after all! Determining what you are hoping to accomplish — be it losing weight, toning your arms, running a 5k, getting a stronger core or just maintaining your fitness level.
Step 2: Create your workout space. It's one thing to plan to set up a home gym, it's entirely another to actually know where that home gym is going to exist in your house. If the amount of space you need for a workout area doesn't align with the amount of space you actually have, it might be time to go back to the drawing board — or get creative! Incorporate your stairs or balcony instead.
Step 3: Choose your workout equipment. This step depends largely on the steps before it, as the best home-gym equipment for you is going to vary widely based on your particular fitness goal as well as the amount of space you have to actually store and use that equipment. Alternatively, if you don't have the space or money for lots of exercise equipment, there are tons of ways to work out at home without equipment, so don't let that stop you from achieving your at-home workout goals.
Step 4: Get moving!
Don’t get discouraged or think that at-home exercises aren't possible for you because you prefer a fitness style that's typically done in a studio or gym class. With a few easy modifications, most popular workouts can be done in the comfort of your own home. For instance, you can easily do this HIIT workout at home because it features body-weight exercises, which means you don't need to go buy any special equipment before you can start sweating.