Everything You Need To Know About Working Out At Home
Has it been a while since you worked out regularly? Maybe now you’re wondering how to start exercising (or start up again) when you haven’t followed a training program for a while. How do you go from no exercise to working out regularly, and where do you start?
Wanting to be more active or to improve your fitness doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the gym. In fact, there are plenty of people, including lots of members of the Sweat community, who love working out at home. Whether you are a fitness beginner or someone with lots of experience, there are plenty of ways to improve your fitness without setting foot in a gym.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to train from home, and some tips on how to start!
The benefits of working out at home
At Sweat, we have talked at length about the benefits of regular exercise. When you can get that regular exercise in the privacy of your home, there are some additional benefits you may not have considered.
Here are a few reasons to work out at home:
- You can save money! Working out at home means you don’t need a gym membership.
- Working out at home is convenient — you can train when you want because it is always accessible and there is no traffic or commute time to consider.
- Privacy — whether you train by yourself or with a friend, there are no other gym users moving around while you are working out.
- Training at home is comfortable. You can take your time learning new exercises without feeling rushed or intimidated.
- You can set up your home gym or workout space just the way you want it.
Whether you are a fitness beginner or you simply prefer the freedom of being able to train the way you want, there are a number of reasons why exercising at home might be a better fit. If you are ready to get started, keep reading to find out how to make it work for you!
How to start working out at home
An effective at-home workout starts with preparation. If you want to feel your best and achieve results from your training, a good preparation plan is really important. Here are some things you can do to hit the ground running.
Get the workout essentials
You don’t need much to begin working out. That being said, if you are serious about seeing results and changing your current fitness level, a few workout essentials can make a big difference. You don’t need to invest in a bunch of equipment before committing to a program but it can be beneficial to have some key pieces you can use for all types of workouts.
These may include:
- Yoga mat
- Skipping rope
- Resistance bands
- Foam roller
Many at-home workouts can be done with bodyweight exercises, so it’s not essential to purchase a huge amount of equipment. With that in mind, having a few pieces of equipment can give you more options for training and it can allow for your workouts to include a bit more variety too.
If you are on a tight budget, check out garage sales or online marketplaces to find second-hand equipment. You could also pick up our workout essentials pack to get a mat, skipping rope and the resistance bands all in one. Picking up a few pieces over time can open up a whole bunch of training options!
Take some photos
This might not be the first thing you think of, but photos can be an important tool to help you stay on track with your fitness journey. While the scales are not always an accurate reflection of your progress, photos can capture changes in your body, such as increased muscle tone. Looking back on your photos can be fantastic motivation.
As you see the changes happening in front of you, the progress you see in those images can be a huge source of encouragement. You can even snap your progress photos directly from the Sweat app — you’ll get reminders every four weeks to take a new progress photo.
Learn how to do key bodyweight exercises correctly
Most at-home training programs will require you to do some sort of bodyweight exercises, so knowing how to do a few of these correctly can make it easier to ‘hit the ground running’. The bonus of working out at home is you can perfect your technique. You have the time and the space to practise these exercises over and over. The Sweat app includes both written instructions and videos of each exercise to demonstrate the correct technique, making it easier for you to follow along.
Bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups and burpees, allow you to increase your strength and fitness without the need for equipment. You can also modify bodyweight exercises to make them more or less challenging — whether that is by doing push-ups on your knees or by adding an incline when you want to make them harder.
Find a workout style you like
Working out at home can be just as effective as training in the gym but it requires consistency and discipline. Having a training program that provides a structure you can easily follow ensures you know exactly what you will be doing in each workout. That way, you can maximise the time you do have to spend it on your workout.
There are many different styles of training, so finding one that you enjoy can make it easier to follow the program consistently. With the Sweat app, you have the ability to choose from the different training programs on offer. So, if you are planning on doing all of your workouts at home, you can choose from the following programs:
BAM (Body And Mind) Yoga
To get started with BAM yoga, you really only need a yoga mat, the Sweat app and your body. The program allows you to increase your flexibility and strength through a series of flows, each one taking only 28 minutes to complete.
For a more intense workout, the original Bikini Body Guide (BBG) workouts feature high-intensity resistance sessions that can be done at home in 28 minutes. Some equipment is required but the workouts also use a lot of bodyweight exercises.
PWR at Home
If you love the idea of strength training but the gym isn’t accessible for you, PWR at Home can help. The resistance workouts take between 35-45 minutes to complete, and the program is suitable for any fitness level, even those who have never done weight training before.
Utilising low-impact workouts, the post-pregnancy program is perfect for anyone looking to get back into a regular fitness routine after having a child. Each resistance workout takes just 28 minutes to complete, and focuses on improving posture and regaining strength safely.
Have a back-up plan
Even with a workout plan and a space to train in, you still need to be prepared for those days when things don’t happen the way you want them to. Having a back-up plan can be the difference between trying again or quitting. If you aren’t prepared for the occasional slip-up or hurdle, then you may find it hard to pick yourself up when these arise.
It takes time to develop healthy habits, so give yourself room to slip-up occasionally. Learn from mistakes and find a way to move past the hurdles next time they arise. You can also turn to the Sweat community for help — many people in the community have had their own challenges and are happy to help you navigate yours.
That’s how to start working out at home!
Ultimately, working out at home will be successful if you put the effort into your training. If a busy schedule is holding you back from exercising regularly, take advantage of being able to work out from your home. At Sweat, we aim to help every woman to find her perfect fit and that includes finding a way to make exercising more accessible!
Now you know how to start working out at home, there is nothing stopping you! Connect with the Sweat community and start changing your life through fitness.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.