Here's Every Type of Workout You Can Do At Home
Posted By Macey Farnsworth on January 14th, 2020
Although exercise is an excellent New Year’s Resolution, finding the time to go to the gym regularly can be impossible. Not to mention, with monthly membership fees, you could end up paying money for a service you never actually get to use. Fortunately, getting a proper workout doesn’t require a membership to the gym—there are plenty of workout programs you can do without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Here are our favorites.
Follow Along with Yoga Videos
When people think of working out, they might picture fast-paced cardio exercises or lifting heavy weights. However, not everyone has the resources to purchase tons of workout equipment or even the time to spend to use them.
However, not all workouts require tons of equipment—such as yoga or pilates. At first glance, yoga might just look like a lot of stretching, but that’s far from the truth. Yoga combines stretching with exercises that slowly build your muscular strength and endurance over time. Not only are there numerous health benefits associated with yoga, but the only equipment required is your own body. Pilates is similar, but it often uses cardio exercises as well to burn more fat.
One of the major advantages of doing yoga is that you don’t need to leave your home to do it. While there are plenty of classes available, many people choose to follow along with Youtube videos instead. Along with being free, YouTube yoga videos allow you to exercise from your house and on your own schedule.
Even if you aren’t in front of a teacher, YouTube videos can still provide step-by-step instructions and give you the feeling of attending a “real” class without ever leaving the comfort of your bedroom.
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Some yoga videos may even be geared toward specific situations or days—for instance, if you’re feeling stressed, you can look up exercises and videos specifically created to help manage stress.
Keep in mind that while everyone can benefit from yoga, this gentle workout is especially great for people that may be dealing with health issues or limitations that make it difficult for them to exercise regularly.
Check Out Other Workout Videos
To stay motivated, you can even try doing one of the workout programs you find online. Plenty of YouTubers include thirty-day or ten-day exercise programs for people to follow along with at home. These programs ensure that you’ll get a balanced workout. These videos are great for beginners and can even help hold you accountable too.
Buy Home-Workout Equipment
If you do have the extra money to buy home-workout equipment, there’s nothing wrong with investing in a high-quality treadmill or even a new Peloton bike. For some people, spending a little money upfront can actually motivate them to use the equipment more.
Not to mention, with certain pieces of equipment, you have everything you need and won’t have to go to the gym at all. One reason that some people may prefer to buy workout equipment is that it gives them variety. For instance, certain treadmills provide various modes so that you can feel as if you’re hiking through a mountain range, even if you’ve never left the house.
Obviously, the biggest disadvantage of buying home workout equipment is the cost. If you aren’t careful, it can end up costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars. The last thing you want to do is purchase something that won’t help you. Before you buy anything, it’s always a good idea to make a list of what you’ll need and which equipment will help you accomplish your exercise goals.
Start Your Own Workout Program
Regardless of whether or not you use videos or buy equipment, it’s always a good idea to have a plan. If you’re feeling confident enough, you can always design your own workout program to follow. The benefit of designing your own plan is that everyone is different—what works for you may not work for someone else.
If you only have time in the morning to work out, you might create a plan where you go for a run before work or follow along with a Yoga video before you eat breakfast. Depending on how much exercise you plan to incorporate into your new schedule, you can even switch it up on certain days. You might decide to run or walk every Monday to get your cardio in but then focus on building your upper body strength with a Youtube video on Tuesdays.
Just because you don’t have the time or money to make it to the gym doesn’t mean you have to give up on exercising all-together. With sites like YouTube, you can now look up workout videos and follow along whenever you want to. While it isn’t an option for everybody, sometimes splurging on a treadmill or Peloton bike can give you all the motivation you need to meet your workout goals for the new year.