A Beginner's Guide to Working Out At Home

A Beginner's Guide to Working Out At Home

There’s plenty to love about home workouts: They’re accessible, affordable (sometimes free!), and incredibly effective. Not to mention, you don’t have to drive anywhere or share your equipment. Once you learn how to work out at home, you may never buy a gym membership again.

Start your at-home fitness journey with these tips and tricks.

Tips On How To Get Started At Home

Convinced at-home workouts are the way to go? Great! Here’s how to get started.

1. Identify your goal(s)

Set a specific and measurable goal. Not only will your goal help you stay motivated and on-track, but it will also determine what type(s) of workouts you do in the first place. A few great goals include losing 10 pounds in two months, running an obstacle race, and doing 30 push-ups in a row.

2. Choose your program

No matter your goal, schedule, or activity of choice, there’s an at-home workout program for you. Check out the suggested programs below for guidance.

3. Make space

Consider how much space you’ll need to plank, jump, and/or plié, and carve out that real estate in your home, so it’s free of furniture and clutter.

4. Gather props and equipment

You don’t need tons of stuff to do a home workout. In fact, many effective workout programs — like 600 Secs and XB Pilates — can be done with just your body weight. However, basic equipment like dumbbells, resistance bands, yoga blocks and straps, and exercise mats can add comfort and/or challenge to any routine. Pick up any props or equipment you may need so you’re ready to go.

5. Schedule it

Figure out a time of day when you’ll have the most time, energy, and motivation to exercise and schedule your workout in your calendar. Treat your workout like any other appointment and don’t flake.

 

Finding Motivation to Work Out At Home

Knowing how to work out at home is just half the battle. When your energy is running low, and the couch is calling your name, try these simple tips to ramp up your workout motivation.

1. Think about immediate rewards

Instead of relying on a long-term goal like “Lose 10 pounds,” look to the immediate benefits of exercise for motivation. If you focus on short-term rewards like better mood, lower stress levels, and the fun of trying something new, you’ll be more likely to stick with your routine long enough to see long-term benefits.

2. Find support

Online communities like the Openfit Teammates group on Facebook are the perfect place to connect with other people who are working toward a fitness goal. When you’re feeling low-energy and debating whether to throw in the towel, these groups can offer the inspiration and accountability you need to get your workout done.

 

Workouts You Can Do At Home

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So you’re prepped and motivated. Now what? Here are a few at-home workouts to get you started.

Try Openfit’s programs

You’ll likely feel empowered and inspired after completing those workouts, so it’s time to level-up. Whether you’re looking for cardio, strength, barre, yoga, Pilates, or HIIT, you can get an effective workout at home with one of these on-demand Openfit programs.

1. Rough Around the Edges

Get in shape with a martial arts-inspired workout from Hollywood’s leading stuntwomen. No martial arts experience necessary.

2. Yoga52

Lose weight, build strength and flexibility, and reduce stress with one yoga class per week. Just bring your yoga mat and choose from 52 routines lasting 20 to 60 minutes.

3. Xtend Barre

These fun 15 to 40-minute routines from Andrea Rogers combine body sculpting barre moves with fat-burning cardio to help you lose weight and build strength. No barre required!

4. XB Pilates

Lengthen and strengthen in just 21 days with these 30-minute Pilates workouts from Xtend Barre creator Andrea Rogers. No equipment needed.

5. Tough Mudder T-Minus 30

This 30-day HIIT program will help you burn fat, and increase strength, endurance and speed in only 30 minutes a day — equipment optional.

6. 600 Secs

Get fit fast in only 10 minutes a day. Choose from 42 high-intensity workouts to sculpt your abs, arms, legs, and booty at home.

Lauren Bedosky

About

Lauren Bedosky is an experienced health and fitness writer who specializes in running, strength training, sports nutrition, and injury prevention. She writes for a variety of companies and publications, including Men’s Health, MyFitnessPal, Everyday Health, and BlueCross BlueShield. She lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, with her husband and their three dogs. You can find here on Twitter here.

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