It may be the most common New Year’s resolution of all time: exercise more. While gym memberships tend to quadruple every January, 2021 will likely follow a different trend. With many gyms still closed and others operating at limited capacities, fitness routines for many will be carried out at home.
Online live classes from studios such as Absolute Pilates are useful for people who want to stay connected to their teachers. Use this guide for more ways to maintain your fitness resolutions throughout the year, even if COVID-19 keeps us away from the gyms for a while longer.
Find workouts you can do at home
Unless you have a large home gym with a full weight rack, it’s likely you won’t be pumping iron at home. Luckily, you don’t need much equipment for many at-home fitness routines. Exercises such as yoga, pilates, HIIT, and strength and conditioning can all be done at home with very little (or no) equipment necessary.
Yoga is one of the most common forms of low-impact exercise that you can do at home. All you need is a yoga mat and a couple of small props such as blocks to get started. Look online for classes that are right for beginners if you’re just starting out, and seek out more advanced classes if you’re a seasoned yogi.
Pilates, much like yoga, requires very little equipment and is appropriate for all levels. As with yoga, a mat is helpful for pilates, as are a few props such as a foam roller. You can join online live classes at your local pilates studio, or find helpful tutorials on YouTube.
Oftentimes, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is taught in gyms with various pieces of equipment. Fortunately, there are equipment-free HIIT workouts you can do at home. Repetitions of exercises such as burpees, jump squats, and planks will get you fit fast. You don’t need anything other than a pair of sturdy sneakers and a water bottle to have an effective home HIIT class.
Strength and conditioning can also be done at home without much equipment. Try exercises such as lunges, planks, and push-ups to build muscle and get toned. If you need guidance for a workout, look online for free classes to get started.
Finding the right equipment
As you’ve learned, you don’t need much equipment to create a home workout routine. However, there are a few items that will make your at-home fitness more fun and effective.
If you’re drawn to HIIT and strength workouts, a good pair of sneakers is vital. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great pair of sneakers — search online for good deals and discounts. Look for ways to save by using an Adidas coupon code when getting shoes or activewear.
Another great piece of equipment — for both yogis and non-yogis — is a yoga mat. Even if you don’t like yoga, a mat will make your floor-based exercises far more comfortable. If you are a yogi, look for yoga blocks and straps to help you modify poses.
Being forced to work out at home can be hard, but by carving out a workout space in your house, it will be far easier to keep your routine. Get some new low-cost equipment such as a yoga mat and a pair of sturdy sneakers to help you get through your routines.
Are you missing your weekly pilates classes? Check out Absolute Pilates’ class schedules to reconnect to your teachers and practice!