Whether it is a newborn baby or a 24/7-hour work day/work week schedule, sometimes making it to the gym is out of the question. The idea of working out in your living room sounds ideal. No commute, no waiting for machines, no fighting for blow dryers in the locker room, and you can be in the shower then, to work in only 20 minutes flat.
But when push comes to shove, many of us end up with stationary bikes that become clothes hangers, dumbbells as doorstops or stability balls that only serve as back up desk chairs. My goal is for you to make sure you start off right by helping prepare a list for you of the perfect set up for your best ever home workout.
Step 1: At-Home Exercise Equipment Must Haves
- SPRI Anti Burst Stability Ball- the average women will require the 55 cm stability ball. (If you are of a petite stature purchase the 45 cm.) If you’re on the taller end of average, try the 65 cm. www.LindaLaRue.com/store.html
- SPRI Exercise Tubes with a Door Attachment- buy a very light, medium, and heavy band to have resistance choices for when you progress and become stronger. www.LindaLaRue.com/store.html
- Light Set (2) of Dumbbells (5-10 lbs)
- Heavy Set (2) of Dumbbells (10-15 lbs)
- Thick Yoga Mat- Yoga mats roll away and store easily and serve dual purposes as stretching surfaces and areas to perform resistance exercises.
Step 2: Mark Your Territory
A solid 5”x5" space that pets and children will not run through should do the trick. Carpeted or word flooring is preferable. Avoid slick surfaces in case you break a sweat! If you can find a time when your house is empty and the space is all yours, this will be your real chance to pretend you’re somewhere else. If that’s not possible, try working out with an IPod, because it will help you get in your workout zone and impossible to distract you from your routine.
Step 3: Load Up the Tunes
The only competition you’ll have in your at-home workout is yourself! Make sure to amp up the energy in the room by taking advice from our Top iTunes Monthly Hot List. A few, good songs can truly transform your workout from routine to inspirational. The first song is the most important. Find a song you look forward to hearing then, start every workout with it.
Step 4: Start Small
Commit to twenty minutes of exercise in your living three times a week. Start with a warm up then, follow with an exercise video for a 15-minute workout. Try adding 5 minutes to your overall routine every week until you build up to an hour of stamina. For example try starting with a 1 mile walk with Leslie Sansone’s 5-Mile Walking DVD per our Top 10 Workout DVD list. Then, try adding a 10-minute strength training DVD, beginning with your core, such as my Crunchless Abs Starter DVD Kit.
I invite you to join the Make Healthy A Lifestyle E-Magazine movement by clicking here. Stay tuned for next month’s issue where we will map out an awesome at-home workout series that can be done with all of items listed above. This article by Liz Marmesh and Linda LaRue of Make Healthy A Lifestyle.