By Paul Fitzgerald - Working out at home is easy, but if you're not careful, it's easy to avoid it and put it off for another day, according to Chris Boucher, a popular personal fitness trainer here in Burlington, ON.
After all, the only person holding you accountable while you exercise in your living room is yourself. Don't fall into that trap - get fit so you look and feel better than ever in 2014.
Here are Chris Boucher’s tips on what you should do to work out smarter at home.
Snack early: Never exercise on an empty stomach. You never perform as well with an empty belly. Eat something with simple carbs and a little protein before you change into your workout clothes so your stomach will have a few minutes to digest before you begin.
Have a Simple Plan: Don't waste your time planning too much into your workout. Keep it simple. Fire up the DVD, or tune into your favorite online themed-radio station and get going with a routine you have in mind to have the right workout. Make sure you keep your workout attire and gear in one spot, so this way you don’t waste time looking for what you need. The main goal is to think of a simple 20 minute or so exercise plan and get into it. Whether you are using weights, skipping ropes, or enjoy yoga, the trick is to get moving with your workout time.
Don't rush: Sure, having a quick workout is okay once in a blue moon. It’s better than not being active. However the real trick in exercising is to take your time and stick with a simple workout plan that lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Just think, the average person doesn’t even get 15 minutes of exercise a day. So you doing 20 to 30 minutes a day should make you feel good. Like the above point, follow your plan and get going but do it slowly.
Setting the Stage: Avoid being distracted. This is key in ensuring you have the right workout. Turn off the ringer and shut off your cell phone. Yes, you are allowed to have your own personal time in this new age of hyper-technology. If you like tunes, then crank up the music, or you may just enjoy have a TV show on, like the news or a talk show. Whatever you fancy to keep entertained, then stick with it.
Mix it up: Cold days can mean weeks working out at home for longer periods of time. This may seem boring after a while; however this is where you have to get into different exercise plans. Mixing it up is important on many levels. Spend one day on the treadmill, the next trying skipping, and then stretch, and yoga is great exercise as well. If you are into weights, add this into your routines, while also taking in sit-ups and push-ups. In all, don’t follow the exact same plan each day. Have new routines. Get creative, challenge yourself and have fun. Getting fit is healthy and makes you feel good and you look good.