Home workouts are becoming more popular. This is because there are lots of benefits to training at home as you don't have to travel to a gym, you don't have to pay membership fees and it is less intimidating if you are just starting exercise. However there are some key things that you can do to ensure that your home workout is effective as possible and that you get the results that you want.
Have a Plan
If you want an effective workout you need to plan it first. Look and see what equipment you have and what exercises you can do (if you want inspiration have a look at some of my videos). If you plan what exercises you want to do before you start this means that you can keep the intensity high during your workout and get maximum benefits, and it lets you plan what extra equipment you may need. You can do a simple workout with just a water bottle, stop watch, a mat and a solid chair if you want.
You need to have an area where you can exercise. It might mean you have to move some chairs and tables out of the way but it is best if you clear an exercise area in your house when you exercise. This allows your to train without worrying about bumping into furniture or hurting yourself. It also means you know what exercises you can do in the space you have and allow you to create your workout plan
At home there can be a lot more distractions to disrupt your workout than if you were at a gym. If you have to stop and start your workout all the time then the intensity will drop, it will not be effective and your workout will actually take longer than you planned. You can do a good, intensive workout in only 30 minutes, so during this time let your family know that you are busy, try not to answer your phone and also turn off any distractions (such as TV programs etc).
Schedule a Time
The great thing about working at home is that we can be flexible and fit it in around our lives. However it can mean that we keep on putting it off and before we know it the day is over. I always try and schedule my home workouts and set a time in the day to do them. This gives me incentive to do it (especially if I write it in my diary) and also means I should not have any distractions to interrupt me during this time.