Exercise is widely accepted as something we should do regularly if we want to enjoy good health. However, most of us are so busy that the idea of fitting regular exercise into our daily schedules can be daunting. Sometimes so much so that we just give it up. I’d like to propose a solution to help you finally get into the exercise habit: work out in your own home. At-home exercise routines are my personal favorite, and in certain situations (like today’s world), they are the best choice.
Going to the gym is time consuming, any way you cut it. ? Depending on where you live, the commute to and from the local gym can even take longer than the actual workout! Who needs that?! Even if you do live near a gym, there’s still time involved getting there and back. When you’re working out at home the “commute” takes zero minutes ? AND there is zero time spent waiting for a piece of equipment. When home is your gym, everything you need is already right there waiting for you any time you are ready!
Having access to the large array of equipment included in most commercial gyms is neat, sure. But it is certainly not necessary in order to enjoy an effective workout. In fact, you don’t need any equipment at all! Bodyweight exercises are a tried and true way to get fit. Exercises such as push-ups, squats and burpees, to name a few. These fundamental movements alone can whip you into shape. Mark Lauren is an elite Special Operations physical trainer who offers an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape called You Are Your Own Gym.
Even if you decide some equipment is required, the price you will pay for a few items such as resistance bands, a jump rope or even a couple of kettle bells will still cost you less than a single month’s membership at many gyms. Whether you decide to build a fitness routine around bodyweight exercises alone or pick up a few extra pieces of equipment, working out at home certainly saves money in the long run!
Free Of Distractions And Insecurity
Two common factors that keep a lot of people out of the gym are the annoying patrons that hog the equipment while they incessantly check social media and the feeling that other people in the building are judging them. Making your home the gym takes care of both of these annoyances :). At home, you are able to enjoy your workout at your own pace (maybe YOU want to check your phone as you rest for a minute ? ). And you can feel free to do what you need to do without the concern that others are watching you–I love this aspect :).
Get Fit, Be Happy
So there you have it. 3 benefits to at home workouts. Get started today. If you don’t have a plan, don’t let that be an excuse to procrastinate. ? Put on some music and dance or do stairs while you learn more about ways to exercise at home. Personally ,I love using follow-along exercise dvd’s and my rebounder.
Did you hear–eggs are bad for you! Wait, now they’re good for you! Sound familiar? With all the reports in the news day to day and week to week, figuring out what to eat if you want to eat healthy can be challenging. Some foods are good for you, but aren’t necessarily great to eat daily. Balance is key when it comes to your diet, so let’s look at some of the great foods that you can eat every day as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Add it to your breakfast, use it as a dessert – there are plenty of
ways you can get some yogurt into your diet every day. Like anything, it’s
important not to eat too much of it, as excessive dairy products can cause
constipation, bloating and skin problems in some people. A small portion of
probiotic yogurt every day can help your gut and stomach to stay healthier.
Spinach is full of iron and other nutrients, and it’s safe to eat every day. You can eat spinach raw in salads, add it to your smoothies with different fruits, or steam it and add to your dinner as a side..
Berries are often labeled as superfoods–that’s gotta be good, right? 🙂 Since there are so many different kinds of berries, it’s easy to find ones to fit easily into your diet. You can experiment with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, using them as snacks throughout the day, breakfast foods in a smoothie or with yogurt, or even as a healthy dessert in the evening.
Unless you’re allergic to nuts, a small handful of them every day can help to boost your overall wellbeing. Almonds, walnuts and peanuts are some of the most common nuts, and are full of goodness. Nuts are a great option for vegans who sometimes struggle otherwise to get good fats in their diet. Nuts–in moderation- can help you to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and lower your risk of heart disease.
Some people avoid this as it is high in calories compared to other fruits. However, half an avocado a day will help you feel fuller longer as it’s a great source of fiber. Always wash avocados before cutting into them or peeling them. This fruit has plenty of Vitamin K, which helps to promote better bone health.
So there you have it–a nice short list of good foods to try to eat daily 🙂 Be sure to check out other pages on the site about health and fitness!
I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.