Gyms, exercise classes and diet groups aren’t for everyone. Some dislike the social setting, whilst others don’t have these local resources available. But that needn’t be a reason to neglect a healthy lifestyle. You can fix up your fitness from any location. In fact, there are now many ways to step up your fitness without even leaving the house. Let’s look at ways to improve your health from home.
Try online dieting plans
You’ll find all kinds of dieting plans posted across the web. If you’re looking for something more official and credible, you can still pay to join up with organisations such as Weight Watchers and take part in their scheme without having to attend a club. Their online plan gives you a way of tracking progress and scoring foods all from the easy access of your phone. It’s important to keep up the motivation – without other people to spur you on, it’s all too easy to let your dieting habits slip. One way to combat this might be to blog your progress or keep people updated on social media.
Set up your own home gym
If you can’t get to a gym or simply find them intimidating, you can always set up your own gym from home. Not everyone has the space for multiple machines and some top models can be expensive. If you are getting a machine, try something that exercises your whole body such as a rowing machine, or an aerobic piece of equipment that’s easy to store away such as an exercise bike.
There are other small pieces of gym equipment that you can get for your home suitable for any home such as resistance bands, dumbbells and kettlebells. And of course, you don’t need any gym equipment for some exercises such as push ups, sit-ups and squats. The edge of a couch or a bed meanwhile can be used for tricep dips and elevated push ups, whilst stairs can be used for step ups.
Make household chores an exercise
Household chores can be tedious stuff. However, you can make many of them more rewarding to giving them the dual purpose of an exercise.
Vacuuming can be great opportunity to try out some lunges. You can also motivate yourself to move furniture around rather than hovering around it – by pulling out tables and lifting armchairs you’ll be incorporating some weight lifting.
Scrubbing chores meanwhile can be great for your upper body. That elbow grease will help build muscles in your arm. Try scrubbing the floor as opposed to mopping. Window cleaning is another chore that’s great for this motion.
As for washing up and ironing, why not try working on your quads and your core. You can try doing squats as you iron or wash up. Alternatively, you can do side leg raises to work on your abs.
Gardening and DIY can also be great physically active chores to get you working up a sweat. Experiment with other exercises whilst doing other activities around the house and see what you can come up with.