Autumn is here – have you got back into your home workout routine yet?
So, October has arrived – most of our children are back at nursery, school, college or university and we should be settling back into what is going to be the normal routine for us for the near future. For many of us this may involve a change – new school runs, new mixture of working in the office and from home – things may have been shaken up a bit.
So have you adapted your workouts and exercise regime to suit how your life is now? If you haven’t yet – if like me you have maybe been procrastinating that just a little bit, then take this as my advice to you – it’s time to get started.
If you already have a regular exercise regime, then it’s probably just a case of tweaking the timings a bit to suit the new windows of free time. Maybe you have time to do a bit more now, or maybe you have to work a bit more efficiently in the time you do have as you have to cut a couple of sessions.
But if you haven’t really been exercising up to now, and find that you suddenly have a bit more free time, then finding a home workout regime that suits your exercise goals, is a great way to take care of yourself
There are so many different types of workouts, and all of them claim that they are good for you, so how do you choose?
Here are a couple of ideas to help you find a way of exercising that will work best for you.
Make the Decision to Start
The very first thing is to make the firm decision to include regular exercise as part of your life. You may want to consider why exactly a regular home workout will be a good thing for you. Are you looking to get fitter, to look better, or are you looking to exercise as a form of stress relief? Are you wanting to train for a specific event or are you looking for something active and social that you can do? Write down all of the good things that you believe that exercise will bring and this should help you to find your motivation.
Once you have figured out the general benefits that exercise will bring to you, then it’s time to get a bit more specific and set yourself some goals. For example, do you want a general sense of fitness, help with weight loss, or is it something more specific?
Consult With a Personal Trainer
If you haven’t done much cardio or strength training exercise before, it might be challenging to know where to start and what type of exercise will work for you. For example, if your goal is to build muscle and get stronger, you will want to do weights and maybe discover the benefits of one arm dumbbell rows or resistance training. If you are going to workout with dumbbells you may need to invest in some equipment at home – but go to a gym to experiment with what weights you will actually need for the exercises that you need to do.
One of the best ways to find a workout regime that you will love is by taking a couple of sessions with a personal trainer. Many of them have had to change their training over the last couple of years – many have adapted to working out at home, and will be very well placed to help you set up a home workout regime that will work to achieve your specific goals
Your trainer can guide you through what kinds of workouts may be available for you and how they will work for your fitness goals. They can also watch you and guide you until you have perfected the techniques involved, then you should be safe and ready to start working out by yourself at home.
When choosing a personal trainer, make sure they are qualified for the specific workout you are interested in, particularly if you need something specific like postnatal fitness training or training for a specific sport.
Look Into Your Diet and Nutrition
Which foods do you eat? Are there any foods that aren’t healthy for your body? What types of food groups are the best to focus on eating more from, which should be eaten in moderation or eliminated?
What you eat can have a considerable impact on your workout. Make sure that what you are eating is fueling the body for maximum performance. This means lots of protein, water, and vegetables or fruit, depending on which training phase you are in. If you want to get serious about it – buy yourself some supplements and make it a habit.
Remember to stay hydrated throughout your workout too, especially if it’s longer than 45 minutes at a time. It would be best to drink plenty of water before exercise to load the muscles with glycogen stores fully. It’s also essential not just during but after exercising to restore muscle glycogen levels depleted by working out.
Nutrition and diet are two of the most important factors to consider when you are choosing workout regimes. It is crucial to have a well-balanced diet that is full of healthy food options.
Be Willing To Try Different Home Workout Routines
The routine that works best for you is not necessarily the most popular or talked about one. Try different patterns until you discover what is suitable for your body and mind. do you like exercising indoors or outdoors? Do you like to be alone, or are you looking maybe for a class environment or team sport where you can combine exercise with a social activity?
Ignore any article that tries to tell you the specific time that you have to work out for the best results. The best time to work out is the time that suits you best, that works best with your body clock and your lifestyle. Could you perhaps combine exercise with something else you do, for example could you run home from the morning school run, or run to the afternoon pick up?
Being willing to try different workout regimes will ensure that you do not get bored with your routine and help you find the one that fits best for sure. Patience is also a key factor to remember, as it will take time for your body and mind to adjust.
The key to finding a workout regime that’s right for you is trying out new routines, keeping track of what works, and checking in with yourself after every session. However, if it takes too much time or effort to figure out your best fit, other options are available, such as joining a fitness center that provides the coaching and motivation required to get started.
As always, remember: consistency is vital. You might not see results overnight but stick at it, and you’ll be well on your way towards achieving those goals. Good luck.