We know the gym is not for everyone, whether that’s because of a lack of time, money or just a general dislike of a gym environment – but can an at home workout be just as effective?
There is no right or wrong answer here. It really depends what you are willing to put in to your workout. With functional fitness and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the rise, you can get an effective workout done at home in around 30 minutes.
Unless you have a fully kitted out gym or studio in your own home, the amount and type of equipment will not be the same at home as it is at the gym. That being said, you will never have to wait to get on a machine at home!
If you are working out at the gym, often the environment of working out alongside others can be motivation in itself to push that bit harder and go that extra mile. You also have someone on hand to spot you and qualified instructors to talk to about your goals and what you should be doing to get the best results.
Obviously this is a big factor for some people and working out at home can save you money that you would otherwise be paying out in gym membership. If you decide working out at home is for you, you will need to make sure that you invest in some essential bits of equipment (such as some dumb bells or kettle bells in a range of weights) to ensure that your routine doesn’t get too repetitive and you eventually give up due to lack of motivation.
Body Weight Exercises.
Whilst lifting weights and using resistance machines are great ways to improve strength and endurance, a lot can be said about body weight exercises. These are things such as squats, lunges, press ups and planks. There are many ways to do different variations of these exercises – such as sumo squats, jumping lunges, inverted press ups – which help to keep things different. Also investing in some resistance bands to use at home, offer an alternative to heavier weights and can be packed into a bag or case to use if travelling and away from home.
Planning is the key to any workout, whether at the gym or at home. Setting aside certain days to workout means you are more likely to stick to them. Also, having a workout routine organised ensures that you have some variation to each workout – for example workout 1 of the week will be lower body, workout 2 upper body, workout 3 abdominals, etc.
The good old outdoors
So lifting and bodyweight exercises may not be for you. Then there is nothing better than getting out in the fresh air to clear the cobwebs away. Whether that is for a run or a long walk, getting moving is often the best thing we can do to warm up the body, clear your head and get the feel good endorphins flowing!
At Peak, we offer a range of workout programs to use at the gym or at home. We understand that fitness needs to be flexible and fit in with your lifestyle. If you would like more information about switching up your gym routine or getting an effective workout at home, come in and speak to one of our team or check out our website for more information.