Do you think an expensive gym membership is necessary to achieve your fitness goals? Think again: exercising in the comfort of your living room is perfectly doable. With a little help from the internet, a well-organized space, and proper hydration, this healthy habit can save you a lot of money without having to compromise on the results.
Here are some tips to make your at-home training sessions more productive:
1.) Take Advantage of Free Videos and Apps
YouTube is a treasure trove of free video workouts. For example, The Fitness Marshall channel uploads short dance workouts accompanied by current top hits such as “Mother’s Daughter” by Miley Cyrus, or “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry.
Another, Popsugar Fitness, offers a wide choice of YouTube workout tutorials with no equipment needed.
Would you prefer to take your Android or iOS device with you to your home gym? Don’t worry: there are plenty of free fitness apps waiting for you! Among our favorites are Nike Training Club that features recommended workouts from famous athletes, and WeBurn, focused on the needs of the female body.
Read More: The Best Fitness Apps
2.) Remove the Distractions
Do you think it’s possible to focus on exercise right in front of the TV? Isn’t it more tempting to stop your cardio session to relax on the couch, maybe with your favorite Netflix series and some junk food?
To avoid this scenario, remove all distractions from the room where you plan to do your workout routine. Switch off your phone or, if you’re watching fitness tutorials, turn the notifications off. Stay away from the TV, magazines, and DVDs.
Once the distractions are cleared away, get in the mood for exercising by wearing your fitness clothes and sneakers. Also, make sure to have your yoga mat, weights, and any other workout gear handy before you start, so you won’t lose time while looking for it.
3.) Stay Hydrated with Quality Water
When you workout, be it at home or at an expensive gym, you sweat a lot, so your body needs plenty of water to compensate for the fluid loss.
Unless you plan to exercise more than an hour, sports drinks aren’t necessary. Instead, since you’re in the comfort of your own home, drinking water straight from the tap may be a good idea to avoid dehydration in a natural way.
If you don’t like the taste of tap water, you can easily fix the problem with the installation of a water softening or filtration system. According to Men’s Health, drinking 250 ml of H2O before your workout session and 500 ml afterwards is enough to keep fully hydrated.
See Also: Reasons Why You Should Drink Tap Water
Are you ready to achieve a better shape without even leaving your house? With these tips, you can literally turn any corner of your home into your favorite gym, boosting your motivation to exercise.
Additional Reading: Building a Home Gym on a Budget