Many people travel great distances and go to great expense to get what they believe is the very best fitness plan. Yet, you do not even have to leave home to stay fit and lose weight. If you work from home, if you are snowed in, if you do not have reliable transportation or if for any other reason it is not easy or convenient for you to go out, you can make the most of the resources you have at home.
Start with the Setup
Although you do not have to leave home to get fit, you do need to bring in provisions from time to time. You can go to the store or, if you are truly housebound, you can usually order groceries online from your local grocer and have them delivered. If you are careful about what you buy, you can leave yourself with only an array of healthy options to choose every day. Buy lean protein foods, especially chicken and fish. Have plenty of leafy greens and other raw vegetables on hand. Allow yourself a few low-glycemic carbs such as steel-cut oats, whole grain bread, beans or whole fruits.
Find Handy Exercise Equipment
Look for items around your house that you can use for your fitness conditioning. If you already have some weights, even some small dumbbells, it is a plus. Any balanced, grippable objects with a bit of heft will do to add a bit of weight to your workouts. You might use candlestick holders or unopened food cans, for instance.
Look for other ways to get fit with what you have. You can create opportunities for fitness and weight loss with tools and materials like old tires, sledge hammers, jump ropes or stairs. One part of home fitness that is often overlooked is bodyweight exercises. Bodyweight exercises are fantastic for anyone, but they are especially convenient for those working at home. What is more, exercises like pushups help you burn more calories to lose weight and you get your body into a better shape.
Use Your Computer
Get connected. Just because you do not leave home, it does not mean you have to be a loner. Connect with other exercisers online and find support for your fitness goals. Look for help and advice online to answer your fitness questions. Keep a journal on your computer of all your work towards your fitness goals, how you did, how you felt, and the results you got. Even better, getting set up with a fitness journaling program or website can be very helpful and can keep you motivated.
Getting fit and losing weight at home is easier than you might think. Just remember to work with what you have – in your provisions, in your equipment and in your fitness level. Then, keep track of it all, because you will be happy when you see how far you have progressed.
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