Home workouts can be incredibly effective with just a bit of preparation. Here are 6 tips to get you started…
- Let your family know it’s your workout time if you exercise while they’re home. It’s ok to take 30-60 minutes (or whatever you can manage!) to yourself. This was a big stumbling block for me at first. My workouts took forever because I would stop in the middle of a set to do something my kids needed or to answer the phone or whatever. Ask family members not to disturb you unless it’s an emergency. Explain that if they allow you to focus on your workout, you can get it done faster and get back to their needs. My kids are old enough to entertain themselves for a while but obviously with babies and toddlers, you’ll need to get creative.
- Keep everything in one place. You don’t want to go chasing your yoga mat in the kids room so you can stretch. (Yes, this has happened to me. I found my yoga mat and stretching strap being used as part of a fort they built) Make sure the kids know your equipment isn’t a toy!
- Have appropriate space for your workouts. This goes along with #2. For safety reasons, you must make sure that your not tripping over toys or laundry baskets (I’ve done both!) Keep your workout space clean and organized. Organization makes your workout more efficient. You can move more quickly between exercises if you know exactly where everything is.
- Have a plan. Sometimes I start my workout not knowing the exact exercises I’m going to do but I always have a general idea. For example, I know I’ll be doing a full body workout or that it’s leg day or time for cardio intervals, etc. To make your workouts as effective as possible always have a plan.
- Create a good playlist. Motivation can be scarce when you workout at home by yourself and some good music can help pump you up. Find a good station or create a killer playlist that will carry you through the toughest of workouts. I’ve even created different playlists for different types of workouts. I find that changing it up often really helps.
- Get the right equipment. I’m a fan of making do with what you have and I can create a workout with anything, or nothing at all! However, if you’re going to buy equipment, think carefully about your choices. An exercise ball can be used for many different exercises. Bands or suspension straps take up little space and can also be used for many exercises. Adjustable weight Dumbbells are much more efficient than a set of 10 different sizes of Dumbbells. Multi-use equipment is practically a must for effective home workouts.