It is easy to put off getting fit and in shape because of cost, space, lack of equipment, no time. The list (or excuses!) go on. In this article we hope to eliminate some of those fears and blocks to help you on the road to getting fit.
The Cost of Working Out at Home
It is worth remembering that fitness doesn’t have to cost you any money. Sure you need to have some exercise shoes and some workout gear but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Don’t be swayed by buying the most expensive pair of trainers the shop assistant tries to sell you. Just make sure they have decent soles and that they fit you well. I buy half a size bigger than my normal shoe size to allow for my feet swelling through the heat of exercise. If you have high budget in mind and if you are serious fitness guy, you can buy the best treadmill at your home and do workout with the same.
So what can you do at home that doesn’t cost much money?
Running – For starters it is free! You can go at any time and you can really vary your workouts. From long jogs to hill sprints. If you are new to running start off slow with a 1 min walk, 1 min jog, 1 min walk etc and build yourself up to longer sections.
Skipping – You can buy a skipping rope for around £5. Skipping is a great way of keeping fit as it is very cardio intensive. You also work a lot of muscles making it an all round winner!
Fitness DVD – These are a great way to work out. They range in price from £5 all the way up to £100. You can just pop them on when you have a spare 20 minutes (some workouts are even shorter) and do a routine when you fancy.
Stairs – Do you have stairs where you live? Why not workout on them? Either run up them or workout on the bottom few steps.
Lack of Equipment
Don’t let this make you think that you can’t workout. A lot of fitness routines don’t even need any fancy equipment. If any mention that you need weights then just substitute them with a bag of sugar or tin of baked beans. If you really think you do need equipment then check out second hand shops, eBay, Gumtree or ask friends and family if you can borrow any of theirs.
Ah, that old chestnut! Yes I get that most of us are busy, I really do. We live hectic lives and there never seems to be a moment to spare. The thing is, I bet you can find 20 minutes in your day to squeeze in a workout. Here are a few tips;
a) Get up 20 minutes earlier
b) Miss 20 minutes of TV each day (go on, you’ll not miss much!)
c) Use your lunch hour – instead of checking out the shops or eating at your desk spend half of it going for a jog or a cycle
d) Do you drive or catch the bus to work? Or even the train? Park up or get off a stop early and walk/jog the rest of the way. Or if you don’t live that far away why not build up to walking/jogging/cycling all the way? Just thing of the money you’ll save too!
Just simple little changes in your routine, although they may seem small, will really help you in the long run to get in shape, lose weight and feel great about yourself.
I know it is easy to trick yourself into thinking you can’t workout – I’ve been there and done that. I always had an excuse for everything. The thing is, your body deserves your time and attention, you’ll thank yourself for it one day!