Summer is fast approaching, and although the gyms are still closed, you can still workout and create the ultimate summer body. Home workouts have become a necessity for every gym-goer in the last few weeks. Home gym equipment sold out in the blink of an eye, leaving many fitness enthusiasts to come up with creatives ways to get their workout in.
The lack of bulky gym equipment in the home may seem like a deal-breaker, but there are so many creative methods to help you get the most out of your at-home workout routine.
Four ways to build your strength at home
Okay, we’ll admit that this one isn’t that creative. Since lockdown, we have seen many athletes take it upon themselves to train, regardless of being stuck at home. Countless laps around the garden and home have all contributed to them maintaining their training schedule. With lockdown restrictions becoming more lenient, we can now venture outside to get a run in, so why not give it a try?
When you’re training at home, you need to use what you have, so why not utilise your body weight? Research has found that bodyweight exercise is effective when it comes to building strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. They’re also a terrific way to strengthen your body to prevent workout-related injuries. Push-ups are a great example of this.
Think about it. When you practice yoga, you are lifting your body in various positions. This means that you need to be able to hold your own weight for extended periods of time. Yoga has been found to be a phenomenal all-rounder when it comes to exercise as it improves flexibility, builds endurance and strengthens your muscles.
As much as the above options are great ways to build strength, we can’t help but long for the feeling of lifting weights and feeling all the more powerful. Luckily, there are a ton of household items that can be used to supplement your workout. For example, need a sandbag? Why not try using a dog food bag? You can also create dumbbells out of empty water bottles. Simply fill them until they’re your desired weight. Anything that you can pick up has the potential to be a weight. A word of caution, please choose objects that are safe to use and of a weight that you are able to carry without buckling. You may be at home, but the same safety measures need to be in place to prevent injury.
So, what makes bodyweight exercises effective? The answer is simple: consistency. You need to put in the effort to reap the rewards. While the incredible benefits have been widely recorded, it’s important to note that these changes do not happen overnight or after one killer session. You need to build onto your workout as you progress. Mastered 20 push-ups? Why not go for 30. You determine your success.
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