Working out at home

Jennifer Dawson, the Content Manager for a small health and wellness site, shared with Healthy Lombard that when you come home after a long day at work, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to exercise when the couch looks so comfy. But there are so many health issues stemming from a sedentary lifestyle, such as increasing the risk for certain cancers and contributing to anxiety and depression. This is why it is all the more important to develop a home fitness routine that will motivate you to be aware of your health in a fun way.

In order to inspire yourself to work out at home, the key is to make it an enjoyable activity rather than something that you dread. The truth is, you are the only one who has power over how you look and feel. Instead of spending money on an expensive gym membership, become your own personal trainer by adopting these at-home fitness techniques.

Add Fitness to Your Everyday Chores

Besides doing an at-home workout routine like P90X, you can easily add simple workouts to common activities that you already do around the house each and every day. No matter what you’re doing, you can turn any household chore into an opportunity to exercise. Washing the dishes? Do some calf raises while scrubbing in the sink. Loading the laundry? Do standing pushups against the machine in between armfuls.

Another easy way to add exercising to your routine is to remember to mix relaxation with fitness. If you plan on watching television for a half an hour, make sure you get up after the show has ended and do some lunges or jumping jacks. Treat it like a rewards system for yourself. Before long, these tiny exercises will add up to make you more physically fit without disrupting the at-home routine that you’re already used to.

Making the Workout More Fun

If you decide to set a specific time during the week for working out for an extended period of time, there are many things that you can do to make exercising more fun. If you are walking, running, or weight lifting, you can make it more enjoyable by cranking up some music. Once you find a great exercise playlist, you will feel more motivated and the workout will go by much faster.

Other ideas for fun workouts include taking things outside and finding a partner to join you. Exercising outdoors is perfect for getting in touch with nature and getting a change of scenery. With a friend along for the ride, you will feel less pressure on yourself and be more inclined to work out for a longer period of time.

With these simple tips, you can plan to enjoy working out at home like you never have before. By adding little exercises to your daily chores and making your workouts fun with music and outdoor exploration, you can be proactive about your health while still continuing your daily routine.

Photo of weights were provided by Cyril Saulnier on Unsplash

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