Every year thousands of people plan on losing weight through their New Year Resolutions. But, start of the year promises and mid-year motivation to get in shape can end up looking like very different pictures. Many people find they are unable to achieve their goals without the help of a personal trainer, especially if they are just trying to lose weight on their own at home. But with the right advice and a healthy amount of motivation, it is perfectly possible to be your own fitness trainer. In this article, we give you 16 tips that will help you with home gym sessions.
Dedicate a space
Working out where you will be performing your daily exercise is an excellent place to start. If you don’t have a proper place to work out then you won’t be able to bring the regularity needed to follow an exercise regime.
Set a time
Try to set a particular time slot for your home gym sessions. Just make sure it’s a time when you are free most of the days. Not only will your body begin to ask for exercise at that time, but you will also be mentally ready for a workout as the time approaches.
Plan per requirement
It is essential to have a proper plan when you are starting your gym sessions at home. Figure out which part of your body requires the most or the least workout and which exercises you will perform. All these factors contribute massively to achieving the ultimate target. It should all be planned out so that your body and mind is prepared for what’s to come.
Create an exercise schedule
Come up with a program as to how you will perform the exercises. For example, on the first day, you will focus on your chest, the next day on your arms, moving downwards to your stomach and legs. Also, it’s good to know how long you will spend on a specific routine and how many sets you require for a particular part of your body. A personal trainer will tailor a routine to your specific needs, but if you are going it alone, you may need to do a bit of research on what would work best for your body and your goals.
Warm up properly
Getting your body warmed up for exercise is essential. Your muscles need time to get into the rhythm, but more importantly, the body prepares itself for the gym session by pumping the heart faster and increasing your circulation. The body loosens itself, and that prevents injury.
Manage your diet
It all depends on what you aim to achieve with the home gym sessions but managing your diet is half the workout. If you want to lose weight, then have a balanced diet and come up with a weight loss plan. If you’re going to gain muscle weight then you probably need more protein, hence, have a dietary plan accordingly.
Don’t buy equipment readily
There are hundreds of exercises that you can do at home which do not require any dumbbells or machines. Just start with the simpler ones that suit your body; they are equally valid. Once you see you are being consistent and need more weights or workload, only then go shopping.
Play some music
Different research studies have shown that music helps in getting the best out of you when it comes to exercising. People automatically bring that extra something within them when they are listening to their favourite song and music can definitely help to keep you going when you are hitting the wall. While listening to a fast-paced song regulates your speed and heart rate accordingly.
Do not watch TV
Some people may think it’s a good idea to watch television during a gym session but studies have shown it is counterproductive. While music helps you to focus, watching sports or your favourite show will create unwanted distractions.
Use a stopwatch
Keep a stopwatch handy and see how long you are taking to perform a specific task. You will know when you need to slow down and where to speed up. Different gym activities are done for a particular time instead of sets, so you also adjust your routines accordingly.
There are many cases where people get excited or motivated about doing gym but then give up after a few days. That’s mainly because they rush into performing exercises too quickly and then injure one part of themselves or the other. Slowly increase your activity levels and pace. If you aim to reach 30 minutes of activity, then start at 10. If you want thirty repetitions of an exercise then begin with 10.
Usually, when you are working out at home, the biggest issue is to stay persistent. Just make sure even if you are busy some days, you can perform one or two of the exercises you are supposed to do. A break of one day leads to two, and eventually, you end up forgetting about it altogether
Focus on the whole body
Instead of worrying about a specific part of your body, give importance to your entire body. If you continuously work on the same part such as stomach or arms, eventually you may lose motivation, or it gets tiring. On the contrary, different exercises each day increase the interest.
Have a partner
If the workouts are becoming monotonous, the enthusiasm is fizzling out or you don’t feel like doing exercise alone, ask your friend to come over. It’s a different scenario when you have someone else to talk to while doing exercise or even walking. The time passes quickly, and you have that extra bit more energy and motivation to keep going.
An important thing to remember is that the human body can only take so much load. Set up consistent breaks during your gym sessions. After each set or each activity, gives yourself a couple of minutes’ break to rest and hydrate. Similarly, take a day off every week so that your body can catch up.
Track your progress
There are many apps available to help you keep track of how much you have worked out every day. Start by entering your weight, height and other details. Keep track of how you are progressing by checking them at the end of every week and enter the details to compare the difference. It will help you to keep motivated and updated on your progress.
In summary, if you want to gain something by working out at home, follow these tips to help keep you on track and moving towards your goals.