There is a common misconception that fitness goals can only really be attained at the gym. And while it is true that the majority of us get our best workouts in while at the gym, it is not the only place to keep physically fit and to do good things for the wellbeing of your body.
Even when you are at home, there are a number of things that you can do to keep your body in shape and to not experience a major drop-off between gym dates. They may not be as intensive as your gym workouts but keeping your body active during “down times” is a great way to keep your overall fitness level up and feel better.
Set Walking Goals
Adjust your walking goals while at home. Even if you get in a few thousand steps, that is something that gets you up and moving, gets you some light cardio, and becomes easier the more you do it. You can even get an inexpensive pedometer to track your steps. Start around 5,000 steps a day and work your way up.
Starting there is lighter on your joints and far easier to fit in. Plus, as you start to do this with more and more ease, you can add steps by taking more walks later in the day. This is a cheap, easy way to get some cardio in and you have the added benefit of getting outside.
Switch It Up
While routines have their perks, doing the same exercise routine can leave you feeling in a rut. Not only that, your body becomes used to the moves and the exercise becomes less effective over time. But when you switch it up and make your muscles do things they don’t normally, they’re forced to work harder, and you get a better overall workout.
Even something like finding a different or new workout online – YouTube is a great option – can be done in 15 or 20 minutes, give your body a jolt in a good way, and help you avoid that déjà vu feeling when you work out.
Water, Water, Water
Staying hydrated is one of the biggest keys to feeling better. Not only does staying hydrated keep your body feeling better, but the water will have you feeling fuller and even if you have to use the restroom a few more times, those extra steps won’t hurt a bit.