It’s that time of year – many of us start the year determined to work off the excesses of the holidays and eager to fulfill our New Year’s resolutions for better fitness and weight loss.
But exercising takes discipline, whether you like to pump your iron at the gym or at home. Keeping your resolutions may be easier if you create a space in your home devoted to improving your physical fitness. With a small investment in some key pieces of equipment, and by establishing a routine, you’ll find you have all the tools you need to keep fit.
You don’t need to invest in a whole lot of equipment, and you really will be surprised at how effective exercises performed with your own body weight are! Read our list of 11 Home Gym Essentials as a shopping list of what you’ll need to get started. But don’t neglect your cardio! Beau Scott, at Fitness Depot Barrie, says that while you can certainly invest in a treadmill, elliptical machine, or stationary bike, you can also keep it simple with things like weighted jump ropes. So go ahead – don some comfortable active wear and just get started!
ESTABLISH A HABIT (AND STICK TO IT!
Figure out what time of day you can (will) exercise and stick to your schedule. “The easiest way to stay motivated and stick to your routine is take it easy in the beginning,” says Scott. If you go “all out” from the start, you may end up sore, discouraged, or, at worst, injured. Instead, limit your workout to 20-30 minutes for the first few weeks. Consistency is more important than intensity!
Set yourself up for success and avoid burnout by setting realistic goals for yourself. “We should all take a more calculated approach when setting fitness goals,” says Scott. “Think about it, we set lofty goals. We all know someone (even ourselves) that set a target to lose 40 or more pounds, or workout an hour every day, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks or days later.” Take baby steps: a weight loss goal of about 1-2 lbs. per week is not only attainable and realistic, it’s also more likely to help you keep the weight off. The bottom line is this: you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have an effective home gym, you just need to invest the time to improve your health.
by Becky Dumais & Emily Bednarz
Fitness Depot Barrie