It's no secret that I am a huge proponent of working out at home. I believe 110% that you do not need a gym, studio, boutique fitness class, or box membership to be fit and stay active. A lot of times people feel like they have to belong somewhere in order for them to feel they are living an active lifestyle. They feel like if they can tell someone that they belong to some gym, then they are automatically in-shape. Half the time though, something may come up and you can't utilize your membership or god-forbid, the gym is closed!
Well, I'm here to tell you that is not the case! You can absolutely be fit and athlete right in your own home! Everything I do is right at home (with the exception of having gym access when I'm, at college). I've gotten to my state of fitness all on my own. Just look at what I've achieved!
So what are some great no-gym options? The possibilities are endless depending on what you have and invest in, but no matter what, there are options for everyone!
1. YOGA: Obviously my #1 favorite. Yoga at home really is the best and so beneficial for the mind and body. There are endless resources for an at-home practice. Once you know what you're doing, you can even create your own practices like I do!
2. RUNNING: May I say this may be the most famous and easy way! Just lace up some shoes and head out the door! You don't even need a fancy watch or GPS. I just use my phone and the Nike+ Running app! It works great and tracks everything....for free!
3. STRENGTH TRAINING (WITH WEIGHTS): If you have a full rack of dumbbells, a barbell, kettlebell, etc., it's really easy to create perfect at-home weight lifting sessions. Even just starting out with a few dumbbells can get you going and eventually you can slowly build up you equipment. Creating my own circuits is always fun and so easy! This can also include treadmills and stationary bikes! I love my little recumbant bike at home!
4. STRENGTH TRAINING (BODY WEIGHT): If you really can't afford any equipment, using your own body weight is another fabulous option for at-home fitness. From tabatas to circuits, you can still get in a killer workout with just the weight of your own body!
6. OUTDOOR SPORTS: When the weather is nice, there is always something to do outside! Go run around and play soccer or do some tackle football 😉 Keep it an active sport though, playing Bacchic ball won't keep you fit 😉 If you have a bike, go find a trail! I love biking and never do it enough, but racking up the miles and taking in the scenery can leave me feeling so great!
7. THE UNCONVENTIONAL: Besides these pretty obvious ways to get fit at home, there are new and unconventional ways popping up all the time. I was just introduced to The ActiveMotion Bar which uses "Disruptive Training" to strengthen the whole body and core with a simple looking bar. You do normal workout moves like lunges, squats, boat pose, etc. but you utilize the bar which contains rolling weight inside! Hello uneven balance training! The weights of the bars you can get range from 6 to 18lbs. With this constantly changing balance in the bar as you move, you have to really focus on engaging you entire body and core. Obviously, a full body (and mind) workout that challenges all aspects of fitness, from strength to balance!
Pretty unconventional to say the least! But it's great for all fitness levels since you have a range of weights to choose from along with instruction videos that include and introduction to the bar, specific focus workouts, and videos for levels 1, 2, or 3. It's a nice change up and completely different way to get in a full-body workout right at home! Plus, it's fun which is always important, right?
So tell me:
+ Do you workout exclusively at home?
+ What's your favorite way to get fit at home (even if you belong to a gym!)?
**Disclaimer: I am reviewing ActiveMotion Bar as part of my partnership with Sweat Pink. All opinions are my own.**
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