Updated: Jun 16
With the ups and downs of life most people find it difficult to maintain a regular exercise regime. Over the last 2 years this has become even more difficult with our highly disrupted lifestyle. Staying physically active is more challenging than ever.
Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or casual gym-goer being flexible about when and where you do your exercise program is key to staying active. Exercising at home is a convenient and effective option if approached in the right way. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym with fancy equipment to improve your strength and cardiovascular fitness – just follow these simple guidelines:
1. Cardiovascular Exercise:
Cardio training can be as simple as going for a walk or bike ride outside. Start with somewhere between 10 to 30 minutes of cardio activity depending on how physically active you are and how much time you have. Some great options for a cardio workout include running, Nordic pole walking, jumping rope, or stair climbing. For more strenuous exercise that will increase your heart rate even more try running hills or interval training.
Purchasing fitness equipment does not need to leave a hole in your wallet. Hi-tech weight-lifting machines and cardio equipment are not required. One of the best pieces of equipment is your own body weight; body-weight exercises are a great way to get a fantastic strength workout. To expand your workout options, look to purchase some of the following: a skipping rope, resistance bands, dumbbells, an exercise ball and a yoga mat.
You don’t need an entire room designated specifically to working out. A space that is approximately 5’ by 5’ will do. Enough room to put down a mat on the floor and a few dumbbells to the side is all the space you really need to do a strength training routine. In better weather consider moving your exercise outdoors.
Once you get started, staying motivated is always a challenge. The most important thing to do is start your exercise program where you are at. Realizing and understanding what your physical ability level is today is important. Attempting to do exercises that are beyond your fitness level can leave you injured and feeling run down and discouraged instead of strong and motivated. Starting small is a great way to build momentum. It is also the best way to strengthen your body the right way.
5. Guidance and Support:
Technology has made it easier to access knowledgeable experts from the comfort of your own home. If you have a computer and access to the internet, it is now possible to connect for a private training session with the click of a button.
Here at Thrive Urban Wellness, in addition to meeting in-person we offer the option of virtual exercise training. Our Registered Kinesiologist is an expert in movement and fitness-based assessments and prescribing personalized exercise programs. Working one on one with a professional, ensures you are doing the right exercises, the right way, and the right amount. The accountability and continuous support that expert guidance provides, will allow you to have a positive workout experience and achieve the goals you set for yourself.
To schedule a 15min consultation (virtual) with Elise Cunningham to help you decide if it is the right fit for you, please email her directly: firstname.lastname@example.org