Integrating your workout into your daily routine is more difficult than ever before. The demands of work and being connected 24/7, family life and social pressures are just a few obstacles getting in the way of you reaching your fitness peak.
The solution? Instead of going to the gym, bring the workout to you. Working out in your home as part of a workout routine or by excluding the gym or sports clubs altogether makes for huge time savings. Cutting out those tiresome journeys and most importantly: cutting out the excuses!
When the excuses melt away, you’ll find working out as part of your daily routine a breeze at home. All you need is a few simple pieces of equipment to get your cardio fix and increase your fitness levels over time.
Train on a Treadmill
An investment piece for your home that will be worth every penny for those committed to increasing the strength of your heart and lungs, as well as controlling your weight.
You can find decent treadmills to suit any budget but as with most things in life, the more you pay for your treadmill the longer it will last. However, they typically have a life span of 7 to 12 years making a significant long-term investment in your health no matter how much you spend.
Treadmills offer a variety of different intensities for cardio workouts. Play around with the settings to focus on different types of training; short distance at speed, long distance endurance running; high intensity interval training (HIIT), and engaging your muscles with the incline settings. Running on a treadmill never needs to be boring if you switch it up with these running techniques.
Circuit Training with Kettlebells
Unlike the treadmill, kettlebells and other circuit training equipment won’t set you back much money but they will give you a tough cardio workout if used effectively. Invest in a small selection of weights and a non-slip mat, clear a space in your bedroom or living room that you can move around freely without hitting anything.
Getting the positioning of your body right, paired with keeping a fast pace, will be the key to making kettlebell training a fat-blasting workout for the entire body. Pick several movements to execute with your kettlebell weight, think squats, deadlifts and presses and swings.
As you get stronger, you might need to add to your collection with heavier weights to keep the progress up. Alternatively you need to do more reps at a faster pace to keep your body working hard. This is known as Progressive Overload, the gradual increase of stress placed upon the body during exercise training.
Bodyweight Circuit Training
Here are three different types of simple cardio workouts that can be done from home with the right equipment. Treadmills and Kettlebells make fantastic additions to any home gym so no more excuses! It’s never too rainy, too cold, or too far to go if you have a home gym.