Let’s face it, going to a gym is not really feasible for everyone. There are time commitments, traveling to get there, the monthly or yearly cost, and then for some, the intimidation factor kicks in. Some people are just not mentally ready to go to a gym.
If any of those reasons apply to you (notice I said REASONS, no excuses), then you need to create your own at home work out program. Please understand that you do not have to go to a gym to get into shape.
Working out at home can be just as affective as going to any gym. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you, it does take discipline and work, so be ready to for both. Now, you do not have to have fancy equipment for your personal “home gym” either. Granted, there are all kinds of programs you can purchase to work out at home, a lot of are the DVD variety, which I believe work excellent ….. IF you work at them.
But I’m talking about plain old fashion exercises with some twists that ANYONE can do, even you, if you choose to do them. Some people will even go as far as say the workouts you do at home are as good, or even better workouts than you’ll achieve in a gym, but that’s also up to you.
I’ll focus more on indoor type of workouts, more muscle build and tone, as apposed to outdoor workouts like walking and running.
First of all, you do not need a large space. Usually a garage would do just fine. Do not have a garage? No worries, just use your living room.
Here are some basic exercises you can do in your gym. (Note: find videos on YouTube to see how to properly do these exercises) Keep in mind, quality over quantity when you’re working out. Slow and steady.
Push Ups . Yes, I said push ups. Do these every other day. I would say 5 sets of at least 10 push ups. Change the distance of your hands for variations. Want to get crazy, put your hands and feet up on chairs and lower yourself below the seats of the chairs. That will work you. There are all kinds of varieties of push ups, mix them up from day to day as well.
Bicep Curls . Get some resistance bands or dumbbells (can usually find these garage sales to save money) and do bicep curls. There are a TON of versions of these you can do. In and Outs; Hammer Curls; 21s; Static Arm Curls; just to name a few. Again, look them up to see the proper form for all of them. About 2 to 3 times a week do these. 5 sets of at least 10 reps for arm.
Deep Knee Bends . (also referred to as squats). I’ve heard some people refer to this exercise as the best thing to do for your body. Regardless if you agree or not, it is a great exercise to do. AND, you do NOT need to use weights. If fact, I would recommend NOT using weights with this when you first start out. This is really good for your booty as well. Be sure to check out the proper formats to do deep knee bends, this is crucial. Again, do about 5 sets of at least 10 reps with proper form. Do this about 2-3 times a week.
Of course, we can get into all kinds of variations of all three of these maneuvers, but for now, they should work. All it should take is about a half hour at a time, but if you take more time, great! Just make sure you go slow and watch your form. Oh, and no more than 60 seconds rest between each set! You can take a bit more time between each exercise. But not much, keep your heart rate elevated, that’s the key.
Now, mix doing these up with some sort of walking, biking or anything of the sort and you got yourself a great workout plan, which you can ever build into a lot more!
See, no gym needed.