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In today’s post I am going to talk about the idea of working out at home. Everything here is based on my fitness journey and personal experience. I am no expert, but I am trying to share and answer as much as I can based on DMs/emails I received 🙂
When I started my fitness journey, as mentioned in my previous post, I was working out at home. It’s actually shocking for me when people tell me they find it hard to believe that I could lose a lot of weight initially just by working out at home. To be honest, even if I do work out in gym now, most of the stuff I do is do-able at home, I still don’t use much of the heavy gym equipment! You have to try working out at home, sincerely, to really know if it works or not. If you think you can’t get fit working out at home, you probably weren’t dedicated enough or sweating out enough!
Answering FAQ’s about working out at home:
Who can work out at home?
Anyone and everyone. But of course, most people who have a hectic work schedule, don’t have time to go to gym, or have no good gyms in proximity and even people who don’t want to sign up for expensive gym memberships usually prefer working out at home. I also know women who are shy to hit the gym because there are too many men there which makes them bit uncomfortable. Then there are people like me who want to gain the initial momentum/habit of working out at home itself before getting into the habit of strenuous workouts at gym with more equipment involved.
(P.S. If you have any existing medical condition, please do speak to your physician once.)
What do I need to get started with working out at home?
You can initially invest in some basic equipments for home like dumbbells, mat, weights, skipping rope and gradually get more stuff like kettlebell, ab wheel, bosu ball, resistance band and so on based on what exercises/ form of fitness you want to indulge yourself in and how extensive you want to make it. There’s no limit of the small inexpensive and or even big equipments you can get for home and get fit. All these equipments are easily available at most sports shops and online. You can even get one of those home workout DVDs or try fitness apps.
How do I know what exercises to do?
Ok, I am going to be very blunt here. First thing you have to do is stop being lazy. Lazy enough to even google! Internet is full of exercises you can do at home, from beginner to intermediate and advanced level. How else do you think I started?! I am literally pinning new exercises/regimes everyday. If you prefer videos, youtube is the place. But look for it yourself and don’t wait for someone to spoon feed you such things. But if you still would want to have someone give you a ready regime, a personal trainer it is! Please do see if you have a sensitive part (like a bad knee, or your lower back hurts or weak ankles etc) just add that in your google search and you will find lots of exercises you can still do keeping the issue in mind. There’s so much information out there, all you have to do is a little effort to fetch it for yourself and if you can’t even do that, you’re not committed enough! I have been there so I know it’s the ugly truth.
How do I get started with my home workouts?
Start slow. Start maybe with just 20 minutes a day, few basic exercises, or even just suryanamaskar. Try to increase the time, sets and level of exercises, over time and then keep adding more difficult exercises to up your game based on your comfort level (don’t get too comfortable though) and stamina, gradually. That’s what I did too and still do. Personally I prefer pinterest but I like to youtube sometimes to get the correct form. Don’t forget to stretch though, all that information too you can just google.
I am like you guys. I am no fitness expert or have any training in this area! If I can do this much and I know people who do much better than me, then I am sure you too can. You just have to be dedicated and motivated enough. Have faith in yourself!
What time should I workout at home?
Any time of the day you’re comfortable but it’s best to dedicate a particular hour to stay committed.
What if I don’t have time to workout at home as well?
If you’re telling me you can’t manage four to five hours in a week to work out which is for your own sake, well then I have nothing to say! You only need one hour for at least 4-5 days a week. You can work out at home while watching your favourite show or maybe don’t use social media for an hour and use that time to work out. If weekdays are hectic then do it on weekends and figure out at least two days in a week in addition to it. It is possible. Do what it takes. Honestly, time is nothing but an excuse you’re probably giving yourself! Again, I have been there and now when I think of it, I regret not doing this earlier.
I am working out at home, do I still need to spend money on work out clothes?
Yes! At least sports bra, lowers and shoes. Wherever you workout, you need proper gear!
I don’t want to go to the gym, what are my options besides working out at home?
Running, zumba, pilates, yoga, dance, the options are endless!
In how much time will I see desirable results?
Depends on you: your current fitness level, the level of your regime and if you keep upping your game or not, are you sweating it out enough, your attitude towards the process, metabolism, your general lifestyle habits, diet etc.
Can you share the exact regime you were following when you were working out at home?
Sorry but no. Even if you feel we are of the same age, height, weight or anything else, these things vary person to person and so do the outcomes! We all have a different body make up, personal & medical history, fat/muscle mass percentage, BMI, lifestyle habits, metabolism and so on! I’d rather encourage you to figure out a regime for yourself than follow mine or anyone else’s. It will take sometime of course to figure out what works best for you but again all good things take time. Don’t expect anyone to give you a ready regime please (except a trainer who’s not just an expert, will tailor it for you keeping everything in mind, but is also charging you for his/her services). Either work your way through it or pay an expert to do it for you. I will share my favourite exercises nonetheless in my upcoming posts but not the exact regime.
How do I track my progress and know if it’s working or not?
By measuring yourself regularly. I measure myself at least once or twice a week and I am not just talking about weight. Waist line, hips, arms etc. You will also find BMI calculator, body fat & fat percentage calculator, muscle mass calculator and more, online to you know where you’re at. Maintain a diary of these details if you think that helps.
I think I have answered all queries I could think of on working out at home, in case I missed anything then please do drop me a comment here and I’ll get back to you on it!
I’ll be back with another fitness post for my series soon.
(To know the latest I am pinning for FITSPO, click here)