Tips to stay active indoors

As the weather begins to change, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to go outside, especially in the winter months. It can be rainy or cold and is often dark by the time you get home from work.

So what are you going to do to get some exercise, if you don’t have a gym membership but you want to stay healthy and physically active?

Here are some top tips for staying active and working out at home.

Top tips

Well planned workout

Plan your workout, write it down or have it structured in your mind, you are more likely to stick to it then. New to working out? Do your research, ensure you’re fully aware of the technique for each exercise you plan to do. There are great workouts and how-to guides available online.

Goals and rewards

Following on from a well-planned workout is setting yourself some goals. Ensuring you have something to aim for can really help you track your progress. Goals are no fun without rewards, so make sure you reward yourself, even if it’s as simple as 30 minutes of Netflix if you complete your daily challenge!

Make it social

Don’t forget getting active is also about having fun! So why not get your housemate, partner or a friend involved. Having someone working out beside you can keep you motivated and focussed by encouraging each other.

Remove distractions

Ensure you have no distractions, so remove the potential to look at your emails, watch your favourite soap or answer your phone if it rings. If it wouldn’t normally distract you on a workout outside, don’t let it distract you working out inside.

Use your environment

Especially to get you started. For example, use the stairs to do step-ups, carry out triceps-dips on a chair, do a series of press-ups on the edge of a counter, or try walking lunges across a clear space. By using what is around you can often help create a workout at home, in a hotel, or even at the office.

Music

If you’re used to working out in a gym with music or listening to your favourite playlist on a run, create a playlist that will help keep you engaged while working out at home.

A mobile personal trainer

Whether it’s at home, in hotels or on a weekend break, you can get a Personal Trainer straight to your phone. There are Apps that provide step-by-step instructions and guidance, just like having your own personal trainer but for little or no cost.

Resistance bands

An inexpensive, space-friendly product to add to your home gym. They provide different levels of resistance, allowing you to progress as exercises become easier. You can use them for working various areas of the body including shoulders, arms and legs. A simple example is tying the band to a door knob to stimulate a pulley type exercise.

Exercise ball

An exercise ball is great for home workouts; it can be used as a bench or chair when doing upper body exercises. It can also be used for several different abdominal exercises and to support your back when doing squats, often helping you to get lower. It can be as simple as a daily stretch of the back by lying on it and arching your back over it. You can even try a plank, with your feet on the ball for an added element of difficulty.

Yoga mat

An exercise mat is great for simple flexibility activity, not just yoga.

Skipping rope

They’re not just for kids! Again a space friendly product to support your workout at home. It is a great way to get a quick cardio session. If you’re starting out try doing skipping intervals, this helps to gradually build your fitness levels.