How to Prepare for At-Home Workouts
If you think you're just going to unroll a yoga mat and jump right into a perfectly designed at-home workout routine, you might be surprised that it's not all that easy. You need a gameplan or you'll be left staring at your assortment of old, stretched-out resistance bands and that single, dusty dumbbell not knowing where to even begin.
1.Know your goal.
Number one on the to-do list: Determine what you want to get out of your at-home workouts. Are you looking to quit the gym entirely and stick to at-home only methods? Or do you want to complement your gym or studio sessions with some at-home routines for convenience? This will factor into the style and length of the workouts you choose to do, when you do them, and the equipment you'll need.
2.Plot out your space.
Pick a spot that has room for at least a yoga mat—this should be a large enough area for you to stretch and do core exercises—and try storing your equipment under the bed or in the closet to free up space when you aren't working out. You can also change up your scenery depending on your workout of choice: HIIT workouts may need a little more space and a solid surface, whereas yoga or Pilates can be done almost anywhere, even on the living room rug.
Apartment dwellers will also need to be cognizant of the noise level. Instead of blasting your playlist on a speaker, slip on a pair of wireless headphones that won't get caught on your jump rope, and you'll never have to worry about the sound of Lizzo's "Good as Hell" traveling over to the family with a baby upstairs. You might not be able to slam heavy dumbbells to the ground after the last excruciating rep or do midnight jump squats, but there are plenty of quieter alternatives that work the same muscle groups (and feel just as satisfying when you finish).
3.Establish a schedule.
Now that you don't have to arrive at the cycling studio at 6 p.m. sharp, you might find yourself putting off your at-home workouts for a happy hour date with Netflix. Pretty soon, you might end up skipping your at-home workouts altogether. There is a simple solution, though: Create a consistent schedule, just like you would do if you signed up for a studio class or were going to the gym.
4.Stock up on the right gear.
Before you panic about all the money you think you have to spend to create an at-home gym à la The Rock's "Iron Paradise," know that you don't need any fancy tools to create an effective at-home workout. In fact, bodyweight resistance workouts like calisthenics can help you make the most of every single muscle. "Calisthenics involves using the entire body and not emphasizing certain muscles over others," Tee Major, a U.S. military fitness instructor and author of Urban Calisthenics, previously told Shape. "What I'm talking about is strength from the bottom of your feet to the tips of your fingers." That's right, you don't need a set of heavy dumbbells to build muscle.
If you do want to snag a few at-home fitness tools to take your workouts to the next level or add some variety to your routine, though, there are plenty of affordable options. Pacearth fitness equipment are a good choice for you.