One of the greatest misconceptions about fitness is that working on your body is something that can only be done in a gym. With the sedentary lifestyle that the greatest majority of people are currently leading, even the minimal amount of physical activity can make a huge difference. Still, for those who are willing to take this idea one step further, yet who feel uncomfortable going to a gym, making a home gym might be a perfect middle-ground. All you need here is one free room, some equipment and a proper game-plan. Here are some thoughts on all three of these aspects.
Thinking About Cardio
One of the things that need to be resolved early on is the matter of cardio and this is something that is not necessarily done in your gym. You can go for an early walk with your dog, run a few laps around the neighborhood or visit a local pool for a brief swimming session every couple of days. For those who still want to do this at home, there are a couple of great options. First, you could get a treadmill, a ski machine or a stationary bicycle, which would give you the standard cardio option you would otherwise have at the gym. The downside of these machines is that they are usually quite expensive. This is why you might want to go with a less costly but much noisier solution like a punching bag or a jump rope.
Next, you need to focus on all those exercises you can do with your own weight such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats and sit-ups. Basically, two simple items can provide you with an opportunity to do all of them – the exercise mat and the pull-up rack. Even if you don’t have enough strength to do a single pull-up, just hanging from a rack can help boost your overall strength. Furthermore, seeing how you are doing exercises that require only your own weight, the risk of getting injured is minimal.
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