I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everyone is aware of the overall health benefits that come with having a regular fitness routine, especially for women. The problem many people have with implementing such a routine into their lives is getting the motivation to get started. In this article, I will provide some tips on how to get motivated, how to get started, what you will need and what benefits you can expect to reap from your hard work.
Once you have your mind made up that you want to start exercising at home on a regular basis, there are a few things you should do. First of all, you need to speak with your doctor so he or she can provide you with sound information on the best way for you to proceed based on a number of factors including your previous health records. Generally, a good workout routine includes a healthy dose of stretching, cardio and weight-training. Before you start your journey, you should do some research about the different types of workouts and get some inspiration on how to proceed on your own.
At home, workouts are great because you can save money and never have to leave the comfort of your home to go to the gym. However, there are some challenges involved with home workouts. You will likely not have all the equipment that your local gym has, you will not be able to avail of a personal trainer and it will be easy to lose motivation or get distracted from your workout at home. Due to these factors, you will need to get creative in your scheduling and routine. There are many great workouts out there that don’t require any equipment but you may want to invest in some hand weights, a mat, a stretching band, and some stepping blocks. A search on the internet will yield thousands of free exercise videos with motivating trainers to get you into the routine. Distractions can be limited by setting a specific time each day that is only for fitness-related purposes. Inform other members of the household of your routine and ask them not to interrupt you during this time. If possible, move yourself to a private area of the house where you can close the door and be alone.
It’s a good idea to try working out at least 3 days a week but ideally, you will try to sneak in some exercise every single day. Now that you have the motivation, your doctor’s advice and some basic equipment, it’s time to start working out. It’s common for people to want to just jump right in and work out as much as possible right from the get-go. This is not a good idea as it will result in pain and possible injury. Start with easy, short workouts and build up to harder ones. With weights, you should start with very light ones for a while and gradually build up to heavier ones. Walking, swimming and biking are all great routines to start with. Combined with some basic yoga, and you have a great workout routine to get you started. When searching for videos online, search for routines based on your fitness level. Make sure to learn the proper form for various exercises and don’t do anything that you don’t think your body can handle. Remember, house cleaning and chores are considered exercise too!
So what are the benefits of working out? The most obvious benefits are muscle toning and weight loss but many people are not aware of the many other life-changing benefits that come with having a regular fitness routine. For women, in particular, bone loss and diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are common ailments that creep up as they age. Exercise is one of the ways to prevent these ailments or slow down the damage caused by them. Other benefits of exercise include:
Improving heart, cardiovascular and circulation health including lower blood pressure
Reducing the risk of diabetes by regulating blood sugar
Reducing the risk of certain cancers including breast cancer
Improved mental health such as better memory, clearer thinking, and reduced depression
Reducing symptoms associated with pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause
It will take up to 3 months to see any results from your routine so don’t get discouraged if you don’t lose any weight or see muscle tone for the first while. In no time, you will see that working out at home is just as good as going to the gym. Make your routine even more fun and beneficial by recruiting a workout buddy to join you from time-to-time. Combine your new routine with a healthy diet and copious amounts of water and your health will thank you. Not only will you feel better and look better, but you will also have more strength, flexibility, and energy.