For those who ask if home workouts are as effective as hitting the gym, the answer is a resounding yes! With the right mindset, a strong will and proper equipment, the journey to fitness can be achieved even at the comforts of your home.
Consider these simple tips on how one can exercise regardless of weather or time of day:
Wear workout clothes
Dress the part. Wear the proper exercise attire to get you into the mood and make it easier to move around and exercise.
Keep it simple
Know your goal and choose the proper exercise regimen, whether to maintain your weight or further strengthen the body; best to start slow and simple, with some stretching to prepare the muscles for the workout.
Fitness coach Ghel Lerpido from Chris Sports, the complete sports shop that offers quality fitness products to athletes, sports enthusiasts and exercise buffs, said there’s a big difference between stretching and warming up. “Stretching provides flexibility and prepares the muscles for exercise. Warm-ups, meanwhile, help maintain blood flow so you avoid injuries.”
When stretching, Lerpido suggests starting from the lower parts of the body going up. Do muscle stretching for at least 40 seconds in each part (feet, larger leg muscles like the thigh, hips, back, shoulders, arms and neck). After stretching, do simple warm-up exercises like jumping jacks and high-knee jumps. For beginners, warm up exercises should be about 30 seconds to 1 minute while for the more advanced, try doing 2 minutes non-stop.
Workout options can be short cardio exercises, strength training, and even 10-minute total body workout. The possibilities are endless as long as you have a goal in mind.
View every home activity as an opportunity to exercise
Whether it’s general cleaning, taking out the garbage, walking the dog, picking up kids’ toys in the living room via lunges or squats, or even climbing the stairs, can be an opportunity to do a little exercise. Better yet, do these with the kids or the spouse for that unique bonding activity while keeping in shape.
Have the right equipment on hand
The best option, of course, is to have the right equipment available. Chris Sports has a wide range of top-of-the-line gym equipment that is easy to use and highly effective for those who wish to work out from the comforts of their own home.
Part of Chris Sports’ exclusive line of fitness equipment such as treadmills and elliptical include Nordictrack, one of the top-selling fitness brands worldwide. The Nordictrack T12 Elliptical and the 2-in-1 Proform Hybrid Trainer, an incredible Recumbent bike and elliptical, are perfect when doing precision workouts at home. Both are great for cardio exercises but can also help tone the thighs, hamstrings, calves, even the buttocks.
With these equipment now available, there are no more reasons—or more like excuses—like a busy schedule, a distant gym or lack of time, or even bad weather, to exercise at home. Just head out to the nearest Chris Sports outlet and start that healthy habit today!
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