Sunday, 12 April 2020

Working Out In Your Own Space

Working Out In Your Own Space
Ever since having my son, one thing I have been trying to do more of is keep active, I don't move about as much as I should do, unless it is of course to play with my son, to change his nappy, to feed him or to give him cuddles or to burp him, etc. I want to be able to keep active, get fit and become a lot more healthier. But, I want to be able to do all of this without going to the gym and without having to pay for a gym membership (I'm all about saving some pennies). Why pay for a workout, membership or personal trainer when you can do it yourself for absolutely free and from the comfort of your own home?

Not everyone can afford a gym membership or a personal trainer and not everyone enjoys going to the gym to work out in front of everyone. With me, it's a case of having a child and I can't just drop everything during the day to go workout as I have prior commitments. Luckily, in the year 2020 we have the internet at our fingertips and can look up any workout or health regime by searching on google or having a flick through YouTube, as there are a plethora of videos to choose from.

One of my workouts that I recently came across was a 'baby carrier' workout by FitMixMum. If you are anything like me and have a young baby, then this workout will definitely be for you. This mum mixes cardio with wearing your baby in a baby carrier (which my son absolutely loves and even giggles at me mostly). Absolutely knackering when you've got 18lbs hanging around your shoulders, lol!

The positives to being able to workout at home is that you are able to workout absolutely anywhere and anytime, so there really is no excuse (if you are looking for one). Whether it be in the living room in the afternoon or in your bedroom at 3am. You can choose to do it when it suits you and your lifestyle.
Please note: To be able to workout from home you must have access to a laptop, iPad, tablet or remote computer with video and sound capabilities. You must also have a safe space to workout around in, to reduce the chance of injury to yourself and others around you. 

Quick tips to boost your workout:

With having no equipment around, unless of course you have any dumbbells or kettlebells to use for your workouts, then hopefully these pointers will have boost your workout and help better to keep you motivated.
  •  Play some music - I tend to put Alexa on in the background and use my own music to workout, rather than listening to the backing music of a video. I prefer having the choice of what I workout to and I can put on music that's going to get me extra pumped. You can even sing along to it, it's your workout and it is entirely up to you.
  •  Turn your phone off - I make sure to keep my phone in another room when I am doing my workout, so I am not distracted by those notifications that come up on the phone and I am not tempted to check my social media rather than focusing on doing the workout as planned. The more you eliminate the workouts, the likelihood is that you will complete the workout.
  •  Set yourself a goal - Each time before you work out, set yourself a goal or a target of what it is you want to aim for. Whether it be you want to work out for at least 30 minutes or an hour. Set yourself a clear goal and work towards it, even if you don't get it first time.
  •  Find a workout you enjoy - If you are not going to enjoy working out, then you are going to get bored easily and will probably end up quitting way before half way through and think what is the point and just give up. If you find a workout that is both challenging and fun, you'll more than likely complete it.
  •  Plan ahead - Find that one or more workouts that you'll do and schedule them into your week and make it part of your routine. Once you know it's booked into your day and you've allocated time for it, then it will become habit and you'll carry on.

Different workouts you can try out:


Yoga

Yoga is definitely one of those workouts that I want to try. It is something a bit different than your all round usual workouts of running on a treadmill or stepping on an elliptical. It is something that is quite easily done from your living room and there are plenty of videos for beginners, which I think I will be using once I add it to my workouts. Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Pilates

Pilates is easily done on a mat at home; it focuses on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. As someone who can be quite anxious I feel as though this is something I could benefit from as well as Yoga. There are plenty of videos to follow over at Blogilates and ones for beginners too. Some of them even look like fun!


HIIT Circuit Workouts

HIIT which stands for High Intensity Interval Training was my favourite kind of workout when I did go to the gym. I had my own person workout on the treadmill and it definitely got the blood pumping and the heartbeat going. Perfect for on the spot training if you don't have a massive amount of space in your home and The Body Coach has circuits for beginners too.

There are definitely quite a few workouts you can do from home, but these are just a few to try and break you in at least. One of them I have already tried and the other two I will be adding to my workouts. Anything to boost my mental well-being as well as my physical well-being. Ever since I gave birth to my son I have suffered even more with my back, hips and legs more than usual, so trying to keep myself from seizing up.

Let me know if there are any home workouts that you do!
*Disclaimer: This is not a collaboration. All honest opinions, words and photographs are that of my own.

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  1. Fab tips !! I have been doing pilates at home to replace my usual gym class. We have also been following PE with Joe to try and loose some
    Excess energy. X

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  2. Love these tips! I always put my phone on the other side of the room so that I'm not tempted to pick it up and distract myself with Instagram - it's my biggest weakness. xx
    El // welshwanderer.com

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  3. Really useful post! I'm yet to try a HIIT workout, but I will consider now after your suggestion x

    http://www.ellacharlottejones.co.uk

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