Exercise at Home
I cancelled my gym membership because I didn't want to keep paying for it in case the COVID-19 shutdown lasts for months.
However, right after I cancelled I realized that going back to the gym would not be the same or going back to the gym would not be an option anymore.
If you're currently stuck at home, you may be feeling demoralized about what this will mean for your fitness. Whether you were training for a marathon (which has subsequently been cancelled) or enjoy working out at the gym, it can be tough to think of putting your usual routine on hold.
According to fitness experts it takes about seven to 14 days for your aerobic fitness to start declining. This means taking a few weeks out of your running schedule, for instance, won't have much long-term effect but you eventually need to get back on track. Luckily, there are more options than ever to follow an exercise routine from home to stay fit.
You can start by buying a few key pieces of equipment that you think you’ll use the most, like a yoga mat, kettlebells, and free weights. Then find some workouts you can follow from home.
Make Your Body Work is just an example of what you can find on the web, here you find the 50 best free online workouts that make it easy for you to exercise at home. Whether you have just a few minutes for a quick core workout, or if you’d like to join a month-long daily yoga challenge, there is something here that will help you exercise at home while the gym opens back up again.
If you are not thinking about going back to the gym, why not convert an area of your home or add a home addition to have our own home gym.
Some of the reasons having a home gym makes sense:
- No monthly membership cost. Invest in your own equipment and save money over time.
- Your home gym is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- No wasted time travelling to and from the gym.
- Never have to share equipment or wait for a station to open up.
- You can wear whatever you like.
- Less germs
- You can listen to your choice of motivational music or any TV programming you like.
- Eliminate Excuses
Don't be disheartened if you can't continue with your current fitness regime, or a race or event that you've been training for has been cancelled. In this day and age there are tons of options and resources to work out from home, so rather than taking a negative view of the situation when it comes to maintaining your fitness levels, see it as a motivating challenge and a chance to switch things up and progress.