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Bring the gym at home

August 30th  •  Posted in Health

I’m not even close to be the most fit person out there, and I started to be consistent with my workouts only recently, but I do have a good motivation but am not heading to the gym at the moment. I’m trying to stick to a strict routine of working out everyday at home on my own, and if one thing is for sure is that I’m no expert at all, but since I believe a lot of people might struggle with going to the gym whether it’s about money, time or anything else, and since I’ve found a few interesting ways to work out at home, I thought to write down a little list of useful thing if you were thinking of starting working out at home by your own…

ONLINE RESOURCES

You can find a lot of resources online for free to be uses to help you working out at home and by your own and build a solid routine that works fine with your body, whether you’re a beginner or not. I personally love Fitness Blender on YouTube, they have the best fitness videos, easy to follow but very complete and you can literally find everything you need there to build an effective routine based on your own goals. I do love some yoga and even though you can find some yoga workouts on Fitness Blender, I especially love how every Yoga With Adriene‘s video is structured – she is so good in explaining and following every move with a brief description of how every single part of your body should be placed like, and she really makes it very relaxing, which is what yoga should be!

Choosing your own routine must be very personal and build on your own body needs and goals, but I have a little YouTube Playlist that includes a few of my favourite workouts that I tried a few times and really enjoyed, and you should also really check out the recent Free 5 Days Challenge from Fitness Blender which is pretty tough but made me feel pretty good when I finished it last week! Will definitely give it a few others whirls in the upcoming future!

APPS

There are a lot of apps out there that are really helping me through this whole working out at home experience, and my number one favourite must be the MyFitnessPal app which is really helping me keeping all the calories I eat and burn written down in one place and all under control so that I never eat too much calories or that I actually eat enough too. This is great for losing weigh but being such a perfectionist I really do need to see all the calories listed down and this app makes it such an easy task. Another super useful app is Runtastic: I’m not really the kind of person that likes to go out for a run, but I do have some bicycle and walk moments now and again especially when the weather is nice and I don’t feel like working out inside. It tracks your route, the distance you run and how many calories you are burning and it pairs amazingly with the MyFitnessPal app! Another one I like is a good  workout timer app like this one which is coming pretty handy when I want to build my own routine and need someone to say the time it’s over, when I have to rest and when to re-start again.

Also if you find difficult to drink enough water, I really love the Waterlogged app which keeps your water intake on track all the day everyday. I always need to drink more water than I actually do, but this is a really helpful and motivating app, it makes it a lot easier, that’s all!

FIND DETERMINATION

One thing I always struggled with was finding some determination to work out with consistency, and if you have such an issue, this post explains why I work out in details and how I keep my motivation alive. Something I find it’s pretty helpful when it comes to push my body to its limits, is to be distracted: music or TV series are my workout best friends, but this is also the reason why I much more prefer following a pre-build and live explained routine – I have someone to follow and really rarely get bored because I try to pick not too mechanical workouts.

Something else I find really helpful is to work out everyday at the same pre-established hour; this way I can’t really forget about it. Working out in the latest hours of the morning is my best bet as my body is more active and I’m always a lot more motivated – and it’s nice to think I’ll have a healthy delicious meal right afterwards. However I know a lot of people can’t actually find the time to workout in the morning, but it’s all up to you and to find your own routine that fits with your work or schedules.

Sometimes determination can be found in a beautiful landscape to admire during your run/walk/bike ride. If I can have a beautiful surrounding to see, I always much more prefer going out for a walk than stay stuck at home. Beautiful views make the best workouts in my opinion!

Sometimes motivation can’t be found so easily and those times it’s really difficult to go out or get up from the couch and do something fitness related, especially when you’re in a bad mood, but what I try to do is to do something easier but always do something and never stay still there which is not good for my body at all. I also allow myself to have a day off if I really need it, but not more than one or two per week!

These were a few little tricks I’m finding pretty handy when it comes to workout at home…
Do you have other tips to share?

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  • This is such a great post! I haven’t worked out in the summer, but I used to do youtube workout videos all the time! And now I have some new channels to check out, decide what’s best for me 🙂 Thanks for sharing these!

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

    • Thank YOU for reading, glad you found them helpful x

  • I am definitely with you this one, I am only starting Yoga at home but there is so much helpout there literally just with your phone xxx

    • It really is pretty easy to keep everything on track! x

  • Yes, why pay for the gym when you can exercise at home. 😛 I’ve been doing Blogilates for two months now and I absolutely love it. Once you’ve established a good routine, it’s really hard to let it go. Definitely like you tips and app recommndations here. 🙂 x

    • Of course the gym has to be completely different, but I’ve never been a gym kind of person and I definitely much more prefer swimming, walking, or working out at home x

  • I love handy little apps, I used couch to 5k to get me running and sometimes I do the 7 minute workout. I’m a person who likes consistency, so once I get a routine going I find it easy to keep it up.

    • I’m trying to get into a good routine for my workouts and I can see what you mean. I start feeling like I NEED those workouts everyday! x

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    What a brilliant post! Definitely helps having online resources to follow. Your blog is so beautifully designed too!

    Aftab
    freshandfearless.co.uk

    • Thank you! It’s so nice to have access to some amazing and professional resources online!

  • Tasnim

    I don’t think I could ever find the motivation to exercise at home but I do frequently use the Wii and play Just Dance if that counts! Couldn’t agree more on your water tip + thanks for sharing your link via twitter!

    WISH UPON A SMILE

    • Ah! I even bought the Wii Balance Board and never used it 😉