VigorBuddy | 4 Tips to Create Your Own Workout Regimen | The COVID-19 pandemic forced many of us to convert our living rooms into gyms and our TVs, phones, and tablets into personal trainers. We might be able to go back to the gym now, but many people–and even the gyms–are pretty happy with an at-home workout regimen.
If you’re a fitness fan who’s keen to workout solo, read on for our guide to building a practical workout routine that you’ll actually stick to.
- Schedule It
Making exercise a habit couldn’t be more important when creating an exercise regimen you’re enthusiastic about.
Ideally, you want to start with a weekly schedule. Carve out time for exercise 3 to 6 days of the week. While that block should total around 30 to 40 minutes, you could break it up into 10 or 15 minutes intervals if you prefer.
Prepare for your exercise like you would for going to the gym. Get your workout gear ready, fill your water bottle, grab your towel. Make sure you have a dedicated workout space in your home: the garage, a corner of the living room, your bedroom, or even on a covered patio.
- Find Free Resources
So you’ve made time for your workouts, and you know where you’ll do them. Now it’s time to consider what you’ll do!
For optimal health and fitness, aim for variety–mix yoga with cardio, weight lifting with HIIT workouts.
Is this sounding expensive? It doesn’t have to be. Today, there is an enormous range of free and cheap options online: from YouTube to blogs to fitness apps to TikTok.
You could also head to your local library and grab a physical exercise book or download e-books for free from the library database.
- Craft Your Workout
If you’re missing your personal trainer and their fantastic organizational skills, why not take it on yourself to create a set schedule. You could modify a plan you download online or craft a program yourself if you feel confident.
Create a circuit using a handful of exercises, either bodyweight exercises or with equipment. Choose activities that work each part of your body: upper, lower, and core. Add in some warm-up and stretching at the start and end of the routine.
Add in the reps and a rest break in between, and you have your workout!
- Get Outdoors
You don’t have to have a regimented workout (unless you thrive on that, of course). Your routine could be as relaxed and simple as a commitment to walking or jogging once a day or a few times a week.
Up the exercise factor by carrying some light hand weights with you or alternate running and walking every few minutes.
Alternatively, if it’s a nice day, take your regular workout routine outside. Not only will you benefit from the fresh air and change of scenery, but you’ll also get a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
Create a Fun Workout Regimen
The key to an at-home workout regimen that, well, works is to create a schedule and choose activities you actually enjoy.
If you prefer the fun of dance, select Zumba YouTube classes. If you love the meditative relaxation of yoga, download a yoga app. Whatever you decide to do, your body (and your mind) will thank you.
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