Don’t let the cost of a gym membership or your fear of the gym deter you from getting fit. There are many ways to get fit in the comfort and convenience of your own home that are as effective as going to the gym. Check out these tips on how to make fitness possible, regardless of where you choose to go!
Make sure you remember to stretch daily. Stretching is especially important before you begin exercising. Limbering up will lessen your chances of pulling a muscle or injuring yourself. It also keeps you flexible and better prepares the rest of your body for the workout that is about to come.
A great way to get fit is to start eating more vegetables. Vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients and if you aren’t eating enough, you aren’t doing your body any favors. An easy way to make sure you’re eating enough vegetables is to just toss a handful of them into a salad.
Try joining sites like Fitocracy or My Fitness Pal to log your exercise and calorie intake. Not only are they good for seeing where you need improvement, but it’s also a community of people with the same goals as you and can give you tips and ideas as well as encouragement.
When you are working out, keep your weight training time to under sixty minutes. After an hour of weight training, your body will start to produce more cortisol, which is the stress hormone that can block the testosterone needed to build muscles. This will waste the muscles instead of build them.
For sleeker looking arms, try exercises designed to improve your posture. Most posture exercises work all the major muscles in the arm, allowing them to be strengthened and toned. Try extending your arms until they’re at shoulder height, with your elbows bent and palms up. Hold this position for at least 5 seconds, then release and repeat. Performing this exercise at least 3 times weekly should have you standing straighter and leave your arms looking great.
You can work your back out harder with a little different hand placement. While you are doing lat pull-downs, instead of wrapping your thumbs around the bar, place them alongside your index fingers on top. Doing this will make your back work harder because your arm muscles are doing less work.
If reaching your fitness goal is hindered by your excess weight or joint problems, try water aerobics exercises. In this case you use the swimming pool as your gym. As a result you reduce your body fat, burn extra calories and build lean muscles without putting extra pressure on your joints.
As you can see, there are many ways to get fit – whether at home or in a gym. You can spend nothing or as much as you want on equipment, but regardless, you can always get a great workout. Incorporate these tips into your fitness routine and enjoy the perks of just ‘rolling out of bed’ and getting right into your workout.