Last updated on December 14th, 2018 at 09:02 am
If you think you need a gym membership to get fit and lose weight, then you’re probably making excuses. These tips will help you in shape at home without going to the gym!
So many women tell me they need to sign up for a gym, so they can lose weight and get in shape. To that I just roll my eyes and continue with my day. You know, people don’t really listen when you give them well-intentioned advice.
The gym isn’t a bad place to be, but do you really need it to get in shape or to lose weight?
I’ve had a gym membership for years, but I am also someone who actually LOVES to work out at home.
The Benefits of Working Out At Home
- The biggest benefit in my opinion: Working out at home saves me time. I don’t need to get to the gym before or after work and therefore I’m more likely to work out.
- You can squeeze in 5-minute workouts whenever you need a break from whatever you’re doing
- Work out whenever you want (don’t need to stick to opening/closing hours)
- Don’t need to wash my hair, put make up on, even brush my teeth (disgusting or genius?…yes, disgusting)
- If you’re just starting out – you get to try new things in the comfort of your own home
- Saves you money
7 Huge Secrets To Get Fit Without The Gym
Now here are 7 awesome tips, or should I call them secrets to get you started with working out at home even if you don’t have a gym membership. These will help you lose weight, start taking better care of yourself and will motivate you to make some healthy changes in your everyday life.
Secret # 1: You don’t need much
Many people will tell you, you need a ton of equipment. Basically, you don’t need to change, but you’ll have to turn one of your rooms into a home gym. Well, I don’t have an extra room and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment. I know it’s hard to believe, but I’ll say it: I am not Beyoncé, mkay?
But here’s what I actually use and recommend to start exercising at home:
- A good, thick exercise mat. I had an exercise mat that wasn’t thick enough and it would really hurt my knees, elbows or back when I do pilates or other mat exercises. Like seriously, the next day I would have bruises. Getting a thicker exercise mat, made a huge difference.
- The right shoes. I used to work out without shoes at home (again that genius), but then I would hurt my ankles and wouldn’t be able to exercise for weeks. Don’t do that! Get shoes that will make it easy and pleasant to walk and exercise.
- Free weights. This is something I thought I never needed and it’s completely optional if you’re just starting out. First get into the groove and build some endurance and strength. At some point, when you get comfortable – it’s time to step it up and get some hand weights to develop more strength. I don’t use heavy weights, mine are 3lbs and I have some that are 8lbs, and I find this to be enough for me.
That is all you need – 3 things.
Of course, you can get some cute looking exercise clothes, some resistance bands, and so on – but these are the 3 basics I would definitely recommend when you want to start working out at home.
Secret #2: Create a workout plan
Now that you have all the “equipment”, you need to know what you’re doing. There are plenty of at home workouts online, but there’s a but. Because there are so many of them you might get overwhelmed and not be able to choose one when you’re ready to work out.
To avoid this – choose 5-6 workouts and create a workout plan for yourself upfront. See how I do this here every week.
What’s important here is to create a workout plan that works for you. You’ll need to experiment in the beginning, but very soon you’ll find what kind of workouts you love. Just don’t be afraid to try new things.
I do a mixture of workouts I find online and some workouts I came up with after years of experimenting with different exercises.
Here’s where you can find workouts online:
YouTube has a lot of free workouts that can help you get in shape. Some of my favorite channels are:
2. Amazon Video
3. Workout DVDs
Another option is to buy a few workout DVDs and work out with them. This option is great if you don’t have the best internet connection and streaming videos doesn’t work. The downside though is that after a few rounds it gets pretty repetitive. However, if that’s what you’re going for, here are some workout DVDs I like:
This DVD includes three 20-minute workouts from beginner to advanced. The workouts aren’t easy, but they’re doable and very effective. If you’re a beginner start with the first workout. After you master it and it gets easier, progress to the second and after that the third one. The program suggests to do 20 minutes daily and I couldn’t agree more – this is the way to build the habit of exercising. But if you need a rest day, listen to your body and include an active rest day every week.
I adore this DVD. It’s old and it might seem funny to most people with the outfits and pelvic thrusts, but it gets you in shape super quick. If you want to lose weight and fat this is the way to go. It’s everything – ridiculous, challenging and SO.MUCH.FUN! In the beginning it wasn’t easy to follow, but the more I did it, the more I loved it. You can do the whole workout or break it down in sections. I like to do 30 minutes every day – I would do the warm up and then choose the dance, the high energy or toning part. This is a workout I used to do very often years ago when I was a student, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s available in the US. However if you’re in the UK, I found it on Amazon here.
Secret #3: Do it in the morning
Something important to keep in mind is that if you’re going to work out at home, you’ll probably need more motivation and willpower to do it. As sad as it sounds the reality is – we do value things more when we pay for them. Probably because we’re insane, but who knows really.
It’s like this. If you skip the gym – you don’t only feel bad because you didn’t work out, but also because you’re paying money for that membership. So next time you make sure you go to the gym. At least one more time this month. With at home workouts – you only feel bad because you haven’t worked out, so it’s easier to say – “Well, I’ll do it tomorrow, today’s really busy.”
Solution to this whole drama: Work out in the morning. And every morning.
You do 30 minutes in the morning, then you feel AWESOME and accomplished the entire day. Doing this will also motivate you to eat healthier and move more throughout the day. Which brings me to my next tip.
Tip 4: Walk & move every chance you get
Now, 30 minutes of exercise daily are a great start, but they wouldn’t mean a thing if you don’t move throughout the day. And if you have a desk job, you probably know what I’m talking about.
I for example, can sit on my butt and work at my desk (or on the couch, or in extreme cases – in my bed!) for hours. I lose track of time when I’m working (or watching Youtube videos). By doing so, unfortunately, I’m increasing my risk for a million and one diseases plus belly fat. And I know it.
To avoid this, either set an alarm on your phone or get a fitness tracker like Fitbit (which also counts your steps & calories) to tell you it’s time to move and then get up and move. In general, you need to move for 5 minutes every hour to be healthy and fit (you can read more about this here)
Tip 5: Put it on paper
For some accountability, start a health & fitness journal. I usually use a simple google spreadsheet and fill out date, which workout I did, how I did and how I felt. When you have the data and see it after a week or so, it’s going to motivate you moving forward. Because nothing makes us as happy as progress.
Tip 6: All About The Mindset
Now, just because you decide one time you’re gonna work out at home, doesn’t mean you’re actually gonna want to do it every single day. If you let yourself go and let everything going on in your life overwhelm you – no morning workout, no journal, no nothing is ever going to make you get up and exercise. Even if you don’t need to go to the gym.
Not if you don’t have the right mindset. This is so key! Whatever you want to change in life, you need to work on it consistently. And enjoy this work, the journey.
Nobody’s gonna beg you to go work out at 6 am.
But you need to adopt the attitude that you’re gonna do it, no matter how you feel at the very moment. At least for a while. Then you’ll realize that this is worth it, because it makes you feel better than if you don’t do it. It’s not about looking hot, it’s about feeling alive, completely there.
Tip 7: Boring, but – Eat Healthy!
Last but not least: food. To be able to do anything in life you need food. Really. You do. It’s the fuel that keeps your body going. It helps build and rebuild your cells, it helps your body regenerate itself. People say you can’t outtrain a bad diet, and they’re right.
You can exercise for hours, but the one thing you really need to focus on from the start is eating healthier. This will then allow you to enjoy the workouts you do even more.
Don’t get overwhelmed with all the nutritional advice out there and just go with what is common sense – no junk food and more fruits and vegetables. This common sense is going to take you quite far.
Well, the most important thing about losing weight and getting fit without a gym membership is that you take action and just start. So tomorrow, roll out of bed, put on your shoes & exercise clothes and do a 30-minute workout. Then take it one step at a time and repeat this part every day until the end of the week.
I hope this guide makes living a healthy lifestyle easier and more enjoyable for you! If you enjoyed it, make sure to subscribe via email and if you know someone who might find these tips helpful, share it with them!
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