How To Make It Easy On Yourself
In 2020, the unprecedented and unexpected Covid-19 pandemic hit the world hard and caused massive disruptions to the activities and schedules of people in practically every country. Many of us have been forced to work and operate from home, international travel all but stopped, and strict social distancing and mask-wearing rules were put in place. The impact has been absolute and some things may never be the same again, including the way we work out.
The pandemic has really opened people’s eyes to the possibility of exercising and taking care of their health from home.
Since gyms and fitness centers in many places around the world are still closed to this day, here are our tips for working out during the pandemic.
Save Money on Gym Memberships
The most obvious benefit of working out at home is that you do not have to spend big bucks on gym and fitness memberships. Although these all-inclusive packages are designed to make you stronger and healthier, there is no denying that they are often incredibly expensive. There comes a point that you will have to consider whether spending a fortune on training facilities is worth it or not. Since we all have to stay at home, many of us have far too much time on our hands, so how about using that time to exercise? You won’t waste money traveling to the gym, or buying food and water before and after training. Besides that, how awesome will it be to prepare your own pre and post-workout meals with your favorite ingredients?
Cut Down On Equipment Costs
People who used to go to bigger gyms with better facilities often have a common misconception. In their mind, a wide variety of training equipment is a necessity for effective workouts. Although it is true that having multiple machines is beneficial, you have to be honest about your training regime. Most of the time, you will not even touch a lot of the equipment at the gym, even though you technically pay to use them.
For home workouts, all you need is a few pieces of equipment to push your whole body to the limit. A weight bench along with some weights (barbells, dumbbells) will facilitate strength training and help you develop your back, chest, and leg muscles. If you want to strengthen your core, investing in a standard yoga mat is essential. In addition, there are workout methods that will still help you reach your desired shape but do not require any equipment at all.
Use Your Time More Effectively
Along with saving you money on gym memberships, working out at home can also help you manage your time better. In such a competitive and busy world where everybody is working or studying throughout the day, many people only have a tiny window of time to exercise. Getting to the gym early is hard, but being there after work, when the whole facility is absolutely packed is no fun, either. By investing in some exercising equipment and setting up a workout space in your home, you will learn to manage your training time better.
Follow And Get Inspired By Excellent Trainers
For many people, having a personal trainer and other training partners is one of their main motivations for getting down the gym. In our current situation where you have to stay isolated and work out at home, it can be really hard to stay motivated and committed but there are ways to give yourself that boost you need.
You can design a training routine, and let your family join in on your fitness journey while you are all in lockdown. As for trainers, there are various fantastic online exercise coaches who can guide you and your family through each workout session. The best thing about these online trainers is you will not have to pay a penny for their guidance. For example, look up “Chris Heria” on YouTube for bodyweight exercises, or Yoga with Adriene for yoga tips.
There are absolutely no positives to this global pandemic but it has forced us into a situation where we have to adapt and evolve. While gyms and fitness centers are closed, don’t worry about not being able to take care of your health. Working out at home is a great alternative, and although you will need to do a little preparation and may need to buy some equipment, the results will be worth it. By selecting your workout equipment thoughtfully and looking at online resources for reference, you can maintain a healthy, great-looking body without ever having to go to the gym again.