Active people love to go at the gym and work out, right? But now, when the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder and going outside may lead to getting a cold, people spend more time inside. This means they’ll be less active… or does it? Just because it’s too cold to go outside for a run, doesn’t mean you can stay active by working out at home.
Working out at home or at the gym?
If we were to compare working out at home with exercising at home, some people would incline to go to the gym. Let’s not forget that both options have pros and cons and you just have to decide what’s best for you.
When going to the gym you can use all the fancy equipment and you are more encouraged to work out by the environment. Seeing people working out side by side can help you train better. At the same time, going to work out at the gym means that you have to pay a membership fee, get the perfect gear, get outside of the house at a specific time and share a locker room.
When you work out at home, you won’t have access to the fancy gym equipment but although your options are limited, you can still make it work if you’re ingenious enough. The space and fitness options are limited but if you do a little bit of research, you’ll see you can train almost all muscle groups at home. Regarding to costs, you won’t have to pay a membership fee but you’ll still need the right gear for working out.
Let’s not choose one or the other just yet. Some people are successful in using both options to build a rewarding workout routine. For example you could go at the gym but work out at home when the weather is really cold.
Get The Best Results When Working Out At Home
There are several options when working out at home. You can choose to exercise while doing chores, having some miscellaneous activities or getting equipment specially designed for people who want to exercise at home. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to warm up to avoid injuries.
How to work out at home while doing chores.
If you want to burn some calories and keep your house clean, you can start by scrubbing the bath for 30 minutes. You could burn up to 200 calories and you’ll get a good bicep and tricep work out. That stain won’t come off? Great, you can burn more calories!
After you’re done with the bathroom, move over to the other rooms and start cleaning your windows. 30 minutes of window cleaning can burn up to 125 calories. If you want to exercise more, just put the bucket of water a bit farther away so you’ll have to take extra steps when you need more water.
To finish your workout go and take out the trash. The secret is to go up and down the stairs more than once. 30 minutes of climbing stairs will help you burn almost 300 calories.
How to exercise and use fitness gear when working out at home.
If you plan working out at home you should always warm up before your exercise and try to incorporate the following: cardio, resistance, flexibility and a cooldown.
For warming up you can take a small walk around your house or use the treadmill if you have one. Next you should focus on doing your cardio. Here are some cardiovascular options for your home workout:
- pedal faster on your stationary bike
- choose a video on the internet and do step aerobics
- jump rope (but be careful not to upset your neighbors)
The next important step when working out at home should be the resistance part of your routine. You can choose to do exercises such as squats, push-ups, abdominal crunches or incorporate dumbbells to your workout (or even a small weight bar).
When doing resistance exercises at home, you should consider buying equipment that’s small enough (so it’s easy to store) but offers you the best results when working out at home. For example, you can choose the Door Gym, that is easy to assemble and can be used for a lot of exercises.
Just remember that there are more versions of Door Gym and other home fitness equipment so you have to take your time and see what suits you best. Here’s a little video to help you when choosing between larger and smaller fitness home equipment.