No excuses this time - put the pizza down!

I tend to be quite picky when it comes to finding the right gym. Too small, too big, too dirty, too loud, too far, too expensive, too many weird looks, too anything, really…

Don’t get me wrong, I do think joining a gym can help staying motivated, but I learned that working out at home is a much better solution. The only thing you need to do is commit to yourself. You get to do your workouts whenever you want, wear whatever clothes you feel like and listen to the music you choose. Plus, it’s free. The internet is full of resources to help you get started and before I share some of my favourites with you, here are a few useful tips:

  • Never compromise form. Maybe you’re new to certain types of activities or movements so make sure you learn to do them right, otherwise you risk getting injured. Use a mirror to check your form and start with easier variations if necessary.
  • You don’t need to buy too much equipment so stay with the basics in the beginning. Sure, a mat can always be more pleasant for your back, but remember that your body weight can be enough for a killing workout. And if you do want weights, you can always replace them with water bottles, books, cans, filled backpacks, anything you can think of and can grab and hold safely. 
  • Have a goal and a plan. Maybe you want to improve your fitness level, so that the next time you climb two sets of stairs you don’t feel exhausted, or maybe you want to lose a few pounds, or simply improve your posture. Whatever it is, define it and whenever you lose your motivation, remind yourself what made you start.
  • Make time for working out and add this to your weekly schedule. Set up a reminder the evening before if you think it helps. Prepare your clothes in advance and place them somewhere where you can’t ignore them. Remind yourself how good it feels once you’ve completed the workout.
  • Split your workout in shorter bits during busy days. You won’t always have an hour for it, but you can always find a few minutes. Anything is better than nothing so if all you can afford is twenty squats, do them. And during your next break repeat them.
  • Last but not least, try to variate the sort of activities you choose and payattention to all your muscle groups. Oh and don’t be afraid to experiment, in the end you’re all alone in your apartment, nobody’s watching!

Here are a few website I’ve tried and liked, but be aware that the internet is full of ideas waiting for you to discover.

Fitness Blender- probably my favourite one because of the wide variety of workouts (in terms of intensity, style, duration), the easy searching menu and the option for a personal, customizable calendar

LiveStrong - besides this 8-week training programme, the website offers everything from health tips to recipes, a calorie tracker and a YouTube channel dedicated to women

PopSugar - another really comprehensive website that goes well beyond fitness, with slightly easier and shorter workouts 

BeFit- a YouTube channel where you can find workouts from renowned trainers like Jillian Michaels or Denise Austin

Tone it Up - although some of the plans are payable, there are still a bunch of free workouts, recipes and lifestyle advice

Body Rock - workout ideas guaranteed to get your heart rate up

Lean It Up - a new workout every day and an entire section dedicated to ‘do anywhere’ ones that are well adapted to small spaces and might even have a printable version

I hope these websites are enough to get you moving and in case you know of any others, please share them with me.

Always remember to stretch, replace the water you’ve lost and get a healthy, filling meal soon after your workout. Then do it again tomorrow!

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Written by Lorena Axinte, 10 months ago
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