Are you wanting to add exercise into your daily routine to receive the endless benefits but can’t stand going to the gym? Maybe you think you don’t have time or don’t enjoy the gym. A great alternative is to create your own home gym. This can be really affordable and you don’t need a lot of space.
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You don’t need a huge amount of space to create a home gym, mine is in my bedroom. When I was younger I found out that my kneecaps aren’t quite in the right place. The physiotherapist recommended that I strengthen my legs to support my knees and try to reduce the pain. I bought a pedal bike that I use often. The best part is that it is only the pedal part of the bike as I find bike saddles uncomfortable and I can sit on a comfortable chair while still getting the benefits of pedaling.
I found a really good arm challenge on Pinterest that I wanted to try out so I bought myself some small weights. Because I hadn’t done any weight training before so I bought light weights to get started. I found the challenge really good and saw amazing results just from the 30 day challenge.
When I have my own space I will have a dedicated room for my home gym so I can get bigger equipment that I enjoy using. This is all the equipment I would have in it.
There are so many challenges available online, I personally love Pinterest for finding my challenges. I have found some great ones on there for all areas of the body. You can save the image of the challenges and tick off each day as you complete it which I find really motivating. Click here for workout inspiration on Pinterest.
You can even have a go at creating your own challenges based on the exercises you enjoy doing. You can set a specific body area to work on each month and create a challenge. If you have friends that also want to get into exercise get them involved and do the challenge as a group to keep each other motivated and accountable.
You can’t beat a brisk walk out in nature. I often go for a walk to the nearby lake and enjoy the scenery. This is also a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation which is closely linked to exercise and has the same amazing benefits. You can do exercises that don’t require equipment. I regularly do lunges and squats, these are great exercises that don’t need any equipment or much time. Stairs are also great exercise. Just stepping up and down the bottom step can be great exercise.
Often it’s hard to get motivated to do exercise, even though you know the benefits you will get and how amazing it feels after. Exercise is a habit in my morning routine and this is how I stay motivated. I know that as soon as I wake up, I read and then it’s time for exercise. Having this habit in my morning routine keeps me accountable. I often just go into exercise without having to think about it. Other ways to get motivated could include putting your workout clothes and equipment by your bed so when you wake up it is there ready for you. Studies show that if it takes the least effort you are most likely to follow through. So by already being prepared, you are giving yourself the best chance.
What is your favourite exercise? Do you prefer exercising at home rather than going to the gym? What would be yoiur home gym essentials? I’d love to hear from you in the Facebook group.
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