Happy Workout Wednesday, everyone!!! I hope your week is going wonderfully!!
Have you ever paid a butt-load of money to join a gym, and then used it only a handful of times?? I know that I definitely have.
While the glitz and glamour of all the shiny weights, cardio machines, and classes may seem awesome, you can get just as good of a workout at home for a fraction of the cost! I haven’t been a gym member in over a year, and I feel that I’m in better shape now than I was then! All it takes is a few pieces of simple equipment and some motivation to get yourself started!
How To Not Join a Gym
1. Dumbbells are your best friend. I have a pair of 5 lb. and a pair of 10 lb. dumbbells at my apartment, and I find that these are perfect for any strength training I want to do. You may need to adjust the weight, depending on your strength level. An exercise ball couldn’t hurt either; they’re great for abs and hamstring curls, and can swap out for your office chair to help tone your core (tip from my mother )!
2. Lace up your running shoes. If you don’t have any, go get them now. It doesn’t get any better than a good run, not to mention it’s totally free! Who really likes running on a treadmill anyway? Okay, honestly, I used to do all of my runs on a treadmill, but after I discovered outdoor running, I never went back. Check out local trails, or stick to roads with sidewalks! No safe streets or trails to run on? Check out the track at a local junior high or high school! Also, have a bike? Use it! Go ride some trails, or take your bike to run errands, or to commute to work!
3. Buy some videos. I swear by Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, but there are TONS of workout videos out there to choose from! I like this DVD in particular because it has a great combo of cardio and strength, so my entire workout is done in less than half an hour! I also have a few yoga DVD’s that I use on occasion. I also use Yogadownload.com pretty frequently to find new yoga workouts!
4. Pick up a yoga mat. If you have carpeted floors, don’t worry about this one. However, if you have hard floors, you’ll probably want to pick up a yoga mat. Trust me, knees, elbows, hips, spines, etc. do not feel good on hard wood.
5. Find some new workouts! Working out is always more interesting if you have new material! I’m constantly finding new ideas everywhere: magazines, blogs (ie. Peanut Butter Fingers, The Fitnessista, Tone It Up), Pinterest, books (love Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier!), and more!
Now get out there and use these tips!
What are your best at-home workout tips??
Have an amazing rest of your day!