Get Started Working Out From Home
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Looking to get fit from the comfort of your own home? Perhaps you’re unable to get to the gym regularly or are looking for a simple way of keeping active throughout the day, working out from home doesn’t have to be a chore.
While you may initially have thoughts of sophisticated home gyms and mountains of equipment, the reality is that you need very little to get started. I have put together this comprehensive guide to help you kick off your fitter lifestyle.
How to start working out from home for beginners
Regular moderate exercise has many benefits, boosting your mood, reducing cardiovascular health risks, managing your weight and preventing joint problems. It can also boost your metabolism, helping your body to burn more calories. Yet, it can often seem daunting when you wonder how to begin working out, particularly from home.
There are several things to consider to help you to succeed:
Develop a regular exercise routine.
While we all have good intentions, it can be difficult to keep up the habit of regularly exercising at first. It’s important to transform it from a chore into an enjoyable part of your everyday life; a habit which becomes almost second-nature. By developing an achievable, consistent exercise routine which makes the most of the time you have, you can be sure that you’ll be getting the most from your fitness regime.
Don’t forget to focus on your diet.
Diet is as key when it comes to fitness and weight loss as exercise is. It’s important to ensure that you’re eating a rich, varied, nutritious diet which offers you all of the vitamins you need
Do I need equipment to get fit?
Although you might envision a gym filled with equipment, the truth is that you will need very little to get started on your fitness journey. In fact, there are a wide variety of exercises which can be performed without any at all, as long as you have a little empty space to move freely.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
It can be daunting to know where to begin and without the right guidance, you may not be getting the most from your time, or perhaps will run the risk of injury. By working with a personal trainer or fitness coach, like myself, you’ll be reassured that you have the help you need to help you to get started.
How to start working out from home to build muscle.
If building muscle is your goal, then there are plenty of exercises which you can incorporate into your home workout to achieve this. There are a few things to consider, to help you to decide which exercises will be most beneficial.
Which muscles would you like to build on?
We have muscles all over our body, so which are you looking to improve? Do you want to become generally stronger, or are you looking to target particular problem areas such as your arms or legs?
Do I need weights to build muscle while working out from home?
Although you might feel that weights are necessary, you really do not need any costly equipment to get started. In fact, bodyweight alone can be incredibly effective, particularly at the beginning of your journey.
Take a look below to see some of our suggested exercises for building up muscle:
Crunches - A classic exercise, not to be mistaken for a ‘sit-up’, you will find that crunches vastly help you to increase your abdominal muscle mass. If you’re looking for a slim and trim core which can, in turn, improve your posture and tone up your tummy, then these are something you can easily incorporate into your daily routine, with little time required. It’s important to do them properly, to avoid any lower back or neck injuries.
Squats - Often overlooked, squats are an essential addition to your exercise regime. Not only do they help to build leg and calf muscles, but they also create an anabolic environment which promotes body-wide muscle growth. They will increase your athletic ability and tone up your behind while requiring very minimal room. You can do them with or without weights, so there’s no need for any equipment!
Push-ups and alternative bodyweight exercises - While you may wish to purchase some dumbbells or a weight bench, they really are not necessary. For those without the space or the funds to purchase equipment, it can feel like true muscle growth will be out of reach. Yet, one of the best ways to build muscle mass is by using your own body weight. Whether it’s through push-ups, planks or any other exercise which relies on holding your own body weight, you’ll be surprised by how effective these exercises are to help you to get started.
What Should You Eat To Build Muscle?
If you’re looking to build up lean muscle, then nutrition is just as important as exercise. While you should continue to enjoy a varied diet, it’s crucial to increase your protein intake. Some of the best high-protein foods for muscle growth are eggs, salmon and chicken breast.
How to start working out your arms at home.
Looking to focus on building up your muscle strength while working out at home? First thing’s first, it’s important that you understand your muscle anatomy. For the majority of people, the biceps and triceps are the muscles which they try to target. While biceps are likely to show a noticeable difference much faster than triceps, it’s important not to overwork them and to work out both muscles evenly to maintain a healthy balance.
Some useful exercises to help you start working out your arms at home include:
Planks to push-ups - This exercise targets your triceps, chest, shoulders and core.
Dips - These are perfect for targeting your triceps, shoulders and upper back.
Incline push-ups - Targeting a variety of muscles, including your shoulders, triceps, chest, core, upper and lower back and your glutes, incline push-ups are great for improving all round muscle mass.
Introducing dumbbells - Dumbbells can be purchased for a relatively low fee, making them a great addition to your home workouts. Ideal for exercises such as bicep curls and lateral raise, these weighted movements will work your entire arm and help to develop your muscles.
The best home workouts for women looking to lose weight.
If you’re looking to get that perfect bikini body and lose the mum tum, then I am here to help. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be exercising at a high intensity to lose weight. While many of the above exercises will be fantastic to help you get started with tightening up those wobbly areas, one of the best ways to get started with your weight loss regime is by introducing cardio exercises. Whether you’re running, cycling, jogging or even just increasing your daily step count by taking longer walks, any cardio exercise will help you to burn calories which in turn will contribute to your weight loss.
It’s also important to ensure you’re eating a nutritious diet which leaves you with a calorie deficit. While you may have tried different diets in the past, the only thing that will ever truly work is transforming your lifestyle to include a healthy, balanced diet while also becoming more active.
There are so many exercises you can do from the comfort of your own living room, without any equipment at all, including:
Starjumps, squats and burpees
And so much more!
Each of these exercises can be done in short intervals, anywhere around the house, perfect for squeezing in even ten minutes at a time throughout your busy day.
Why You Should Invest In A Virtual Fitness Instructor
While seeing a personal trainer in person can be useful, it’s not necessary for success. Here at Griffin Fitness, I offer a variety of online personal training courses, acting as a virtual fitness instructor to help you meet your goals.
I will personally support your training, putting together a program which is achievable and tailored to fit around your lifestyle, working on meal plans which will take care of all of your nutritional needs and keeping you accountable with regular check-ins. This virtual fitness program has proven to be popular with a variety of clients, whether they’re just getting started or are keen athletes, thanks to its flexibility. There’s no need to travel to the gym and so finding the time to put your health and fitness first is much simpler.
If you are looking to develop healthy habits and create a sustainable lifestyle change, to help you to meet your goals, then get in touch with me today.
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