Most people get excited about the idea of going to the gym as the subscription fees are relatively lower these days. But sooner or later they realize the actual cost of getting fit and healthy is much more than just a gym membership. You need to eat right, sleep well, take nutritional supplements, buy gear, so on and so forth. This can make the overall cost well beyond $100 per month. Plus, with COVID-19, many gyms are shutting down. So, here are some exercise types you can do from the comfort of your own home!
Contrary to popular belief, Yoga can be easily learned at home by watching tutorial videos on YouTube. Unless you are planning to perform the most intricate postures, you do not have to waste your money on a Yoga Trainer or a Guru. Simply find a free of cost mentor online and begin your weight loss or posture correction journey beginning from today.
Pilates is a body movement exercise program designed and developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, a German physical trainer. Similar to yoga, you do not need any fancy equipment to perform Pilates exercises.
All you need is a good mat, a foam roller, and resistant bands. Due to its high intensity, some call this exercise “Yoga on steroids”. Pilates can be learned online. Practicing three times per week can help you strengthen your core and back.
Traditional Calisthenics is one of the best home workouts you can perform to save money or stay safe from the coronavirus outbreak and you do not need any equipment. Calisthenics exercises are designed to target your large muscle groups like back, chest, shoulder, biceps, etc. Hence, it is a direct replacement for weight training. Although, having a chin-up bar installed at your home can be immensely beneficial.
4) Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial arts routine performed by millions of people in the East. It’s a movement-based exercise combined with rhythmic breathing. Tai Chi is a great alternative for the elderly or physically injured people who do not want to risk an injury. Harvard Health has described Tai Chi as “meditation in motion”.
5) Home Dumbbell Workout
Yoga and Pilates are great for flexibility and posture correction. However, strength training is a great option. You will be surprised to know that the complex exercises you perform in a gym (using high-duty advanced equipment) can be done at home with just two dumbells. The machines allow you to do challenging exercises without the risk of injury. With a home dumbbell workout, there is always a chance of injuries so do not lift too heavy. So, be careful to not overexert yourself and use proper form. I would suggest beginning your workout with lightweight dumbbells (5-10 pounds) and adding more weight gradually as you gain strength and confidence.
Is Home Workout Efficient? Is It Worth My Time?
YES! Home workouts are both efficient and very beneficial when done regularly. Create a schedule and do your best to stick to it! And if you struggle with self-motivation, grab a family member or roommate to join you! Accountability is important when the going gets tough.