Regular exercise is important to staying healthy, losing weight and getting fit. A lot of people choose to exercise at home because it is less expensive and less time consuming than going to the gym. But not everyone gets the results they want. Let’s take look at the 5 common mistakes that almost everyone makes when they start to exercise at home.
1. Splashing Out On Expensive Equipment.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment if you want to exercise at home. There are workouts where you use nothing but your body. Press-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, squats and leg lunges are classic examples. A jump rope doesn’t cost much and provides a great workout for your legs as well as toning your upper body. You can also normally pick up a bench and a set of weights pretty cheap, if you keep an eye out for some in your local classified ads or charity shops.
2. Not Warming Up Or Cooling Down.
If your muscles are not warmed up you’re increasing your risk of a sprain or strain. If you have an injury it could be several days before you can exercise again and you’ll end up needing to start back at square one. Always stretch your muscles first before starting to exercise at home. It’s also important to do some cool down stretching exercises once you’ve completed your routine for the day.
3. Not Sticking To A Schedule.
The key to any exercise routine is to have a schedule that fits in with your lifestyle. The best ways to exercise at home on a regular basis is to mark down your workouts into your diary. Treat them the same as you would if you had an important meeting to attend or if you had a friend coming around to see you.
4. Thinking That You Have To Stay Indoors.
Just because you exercise at home does not mean you have to actually exercise inside your home. If it’s a nice day, go for a walk or a jog. If you own a bike then it’s pretty easy to keep fit and shed some unwanted weight when you go cycling.
5. Becoming Bored.
When you exercise at home you need to be able to enjoy what you’re doing because if you don’t, your workout will become boring and you’ll be more likely to quit. Include a little variety to your program and try out different exercises, both indoors and outside. Doing exercises at home also means that during your workout you can listen to your favorite music or watch your best TV programs while you workout.