Working out at home can be a considerable challenge. Even when the problem is not the motivation, the lack of appropriate equipment and fitness machines can make the workout at home harder.
But you actually don’t need a lot of high-quality equipment to workout efficiently at home. If you are, however, willing to spend some money on fitness equipment, we can give you a few tips on what would be the best for home workouts.
1) Jump Rope
You though jump rope is just a kids toy? You are mistaken. This is an excellent piece of fitness equipment that is great for cardio workouts.
With the jump rope, you can burn even up to 750 calories in an hour. However, we should warn you in advance. It can be tough to master this activity.
For the beginning, jump rope just for 30 seconds and then run in place for the next 30 seconds. Each subsequent time add 15 seconds both to jumping and running. Repeat this until you can jump rope continuously for ten minutes or longer.
It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a house or near some stadium, stairs are a great way to introduce interval training into your cardio workouts. Run up the stairs and then walk down slowly using that time to recover.
For this exercise, you can use an elliptical as well in case you own one.
3) Relation Between Rest And Exercise
A good way to plan your interval training is to have a 1:1 ratio between rest and exercise periods. For example, do one minute of sprint and then one minute of slow running on a treadmill or stepper.
Use this ratio on Monday. Then on Tuesday, extend the rest period to two minutes, so the ratio is 1:2 (one minute of sprint and then two minutes of slow running).
On the next day, go back to the 1:1 ratio. If you keep working out in this manner, you can’t get bored with your workouts, and you will also use energy in different ways.
Watching videos while you are doing cardio on a machine can make you feel that the time is going faster. Chose some videos with aerobic or bodybuilding exercises to additionally motivate yourself to exercise.
5) Circular Cardio
With your new jump rope, circular training should be a piece of cake. For example, you can do three supersets for a specific body part and then jump rope for three minutes.
You should jump rope or run in place for a minute after each superset. Or you can do one set of a few different exercises and then jump rope for six to eight minutes.
6) Heart Rate Monitor
To make your home workouts more efficient, use a heart rate monitor to make sure you are training in an appropriate targeted heart rate zone that is in accordance with your goals.
7) Stationary Bike
Suppose you have a stationary bike use it; if not, you can ride a bike outside. Opposed to the stationary bike, riding a bike outside helps you gain better balance and higher speed. It’s also a lot more interesting being outside and watching the surrounding.
The downside is you can not create or better say adjust the inclination angle to make the ride harder.
8) Training With Others
If you lack the motivation to workout at home, maybe you should work out with someone. It doesn’t matter will you chose running, cycling, swimming or whatever you can think of this will give you the chance to spend time with people that share the same interest, and you will have fun and a great workout at the same time.
To make the training pass quicker, train with music that lifts your mood. Get a list of all the songs that fit your workout pace and listen to them while training. You will be amazed at how quickly the time goes.
10) Family Members
Sometimes the family is a thing that distracts us from exercising. Try to make your cardio workout a family activity—Dance all together with your favorite music. Go for a walk or bike ride together.
Gardening is an excellent way for you to burn a few extra calories, and it’s also great for your health since you are spending time outside in the fresh air.
All that standing, kneeling, digging, walking, watering can cause your body to burn up to 400 calories in an hour, and also, you will always have a nice and neat garden.
If you can’t run, ride a bike and swim then combine the other three activities or cardio machines in one day. With rowing machine and the stationary bike, you can, for example, row for ten minutes, then go out for a run for ten minutes and, in the end, ride a stationary bike for ten minutes.
13) Sports Activities With A Ball
Tap a ball with your knee or an ankle or any other body part. If you are tapping a ball with your knee, make sure it is lifted high. If you try to increase the number of uninterrupted repetitions, you will notice that the time is going by very fast.
14) Hula Hoop
The hula hoop is a great and very cheap addition to your home gym. It is great to help you to improve your flexibility and skill, and at the same time, you will increase the strength in belly and back muscles.
If you include jumps and some other explosive moves into your workout, you can stimulate the muscle growth and get in better shape. You can jump while you are doing squats or while you are catching a ball.
Go to the park and play basketball with your friends. That way, you will have a lot of fun and a great cardio workout.
Home workouts are great for all of you that simply do not have the time to go to the gym or do not have the patience to wait in line for the machines and other fitness equipment, and they can as well be much more fun then gym workouts if you organize and plan your day well.
So no more excuses get on it and get fit!