Even though we’re all affected by lockdown, there’s still plenty of evidence that people need and crave their exercise. Without access to public gyms or community centres, the number of joggers, cyclers and online class followers has exploded. Whether you’re a long term fitness buff or you feel the need to get started doing something, we can all learn from these tips for exercising at home.
The Five Elements of a Workout
A proper fitness program relies on five separate elements. These are: the warmup, cardiovascular exercises, strength training exercises, flexibility exercises and the cool down. These elements do not have to be complicated, nor do they necessarily require any extra equipment. Cardiovascular and strength training can be done during the same session or they can be split up into separate days. However, warming up and cooling down should be practiced with every session.
Listen to Your Body
When it comes to exercise, listening to your body is incredibly important – especially if you’re just starting out. The last thing you need is an injury that sets you back farther than where you started. Ultimately you should be aiming to do less exercise properly rather than more exercise just for the sake of it. Once you have a good understanding of your body’s limits, you’ll be able to push yourself further. But when you’re just beginning, doing less while focusing on technique will benefit you more than overexerting yourself.
Making exercise a part of a regular routine is far more important than performing a single intense workout with no follow up whatsoever. Staying motivated plays a huge role in ensuring you stick with your fitness program. Part of staying motivated is finding an activity that you actually enjoy. Try different exercises and find the ones that work best for you. Challenge yourself with different programs to avoid boredom. Creating a schedule will also help you to find the time to incorporate a workout into your schedule while keeping you disciplined and on track. Keeping an exercise journal can allow you to visualize progress in a way that might not be as noticeable in the mirror. Setting goals will also give you something to strive for and create purpose in your workouts.
There was a time where exercise videos were either a costly investment or relegated to the hours of early morning TV. But now with the internet, the number and diversity of exercise videos available for little to no cost is absolutely astounding. Take some time to sample what’s available and think about using these resources to your advantage. Not only can they help with motivation, encouragement and expanding your exercise horizons, they can help make sure you’re doing the exercises properly.
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