You always have an excuse for not exercising. The tasks you have to finish at work make it hard for you to drive to the gym and exercise. The truth is that there’s no need for you to enroll in a gym to exercise. You can do it even at home. Since you’re mostly at home these days, you have more reasons to exercise. In doing so, safety should be a priority. You need a bottle of clean drinking water by your side, and it’s better if it came out of the big Berkey water filter.
Exercising can be exhausting and dehydrating. Without clean drinking water, you might get ill. Make sure it’s clean to avoid waterborne illnesses. You can also use filtered water if you’re taking protein enhancers. Apart from staying hydrated, these are some other safety tips you need to remember when exercising at home.
Be consistent in exercising
You might feel terrible about your body because you’re starting to gain weight. After months of lockdown, it’s difficult for you to maintain weight. You think about exercising for a while, and you forget about it when you get tired. Once you decided that you will start to exercise, you should be consistent in doing so. You will only achieve your fitness goals if you carry on with the entire process. Set a specific time each day for exercising. It doesn’t matter if you do it during the day when you wake up or the day is over. As long as you set at least an hour to exercise, it’s good enough.
Look for video tutorials
There are video tutorials that you can use if you don’t know where to begin. Some fitness experts released video tutorials to help those who have no idea about the best exercise techniques. Make sure that you only follow tutorials that are suitable for you, and are easy to do. Once you already get the hang of it, you can move on to more strenuous exercise techniques. You may also check out reviews to determine the fitness experts whose tutorials you can follow.
Know your body type
Not all exercises fit you. You must understand your body type. You should also have a goal. If you want to bulk up and have more muscles, you need to focus on muscle-building techniques. If your goal is to lose weight, you need to try doing more cardio exercises. You should also focus on strengthening your core. If you can consult with your physician, you will know which exercises would suit your body type.
If you have underlying medical conditions, you also need a different set of exercises. You can’t force yourself to do the difficult techniques. You might strain your body and worsen your medical condition. Before you start any exercise technique, make sure that your doctor approved it.
Warmup and cool down are vital
You might think that doing warm-ups and cool-down exercises are unnecessary. You’re at home, and there’s no need to do that. The truth is that it doesn’t matter where you are. You need to stretch your muscles and prepare them for an exercise technique. Once you’re finished, you also give your muscles time to relax before moving on to other activities.
Wear appropriate clothes
Even if you’re at home, you should still wear appropriate clothing. You don’t use gym clothes because you want to impress other people. Instead, you use them for safety. If you’re trying out yoga or Pilates, you should wear comfortable clothes. You also have to wear your shoes if you’re doing cardio exercises. Wearing gloves is also required if you want to lift weights. It might be painful if you don’t have one. Again, you don’t have to look your best because there’s no one else to see you. However, you should use appropriate gym clothing for safety reasons.
Look for a suitable space
There are plenty of spaces at home where you can exercise. Find the most appropriate space, depending on your exercise techniques. A small space might be enough if you’re only doing yoga or other exercises with limited movements. However, if you have to dance or move around as part of the exercise routine, you need to find a larger space. Try your backyard or basement to be safe. Otherwise, you might hit objects and hurt yourself.
Take a break if necessary
You have plenty of time now to exercise, unlike before. Therefore, there’s no need to rush the process. If you already feel exhausted, but you’re not yet done, you can take a break. Give yourself around 10 minutes before going back to the exercise routine. Sure, you want to push yourself to the limits, but you also have to take a break.
Know your limits
The goal of exercising is to lose weight or stay healthy. If you try exercise techniques that will only hurt yourself, you should stop doing it. Try to know your limits. Again, everyone has a specific body type. Just because someone else can do it doesn’t mean you can. However, if you’re really determined, you can gradually level up.
Exercising at home should be fun. You don’t do it because you feel forced to do so. You won’t feel motivated at first, and it’s natural. However, it would help if you didn’t give up. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t see the results you’re aiming for. No one loses weight or builds muscles overnight.
Even if you don’t reach these goals, it’s okay. As long as you’re having fun and you stay healthy, it’s good enough. You can also invite your family members to exercise with you. If you feel exhausted doing it alone, it will be more fun if they are with you.
Make sure that you don’t get injured while exercising. Considering that hospitals are at capacity these days, you can’t afford to seek medical help and expect getting attention right away.