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Staying In, Working Out

Can’t get to the gym? That’s no excuse to skip exercise.

Life is busy, and sometimes it’s simply impossible to get to the gym. Whether work runs later than usual, your child is sick and needs you nearby, or weather makes it dangerous to hit the road, your good health can’t afford for you to take a day off. Fortunately, with a healthy dose of can-do and the right routine at your disposal, you don’t have to miss a workout.
When you can’t work alongside your trainer, use these workout tips to stay on track, while stuck at home.

Keep at It

What do you typically do during one of your training sessions? If there is no specialty equipment involved, you may be able to perform the same routine at home that you do at the gym. Just be careful! Maintaining proper technique and pacing is easy with your personal trainer by your side. When on your own, you can easily push too hard too fast, go with improper technique, or slack off so your workout isn’t as beneficial as it could be. So if you choose to keep at your normal routine, be particularly aware of how you work out to make sure you continue to make gains without unnecessary pains. And if something hurts in a bad way, don’t push it! Stop your routine and wait for your next training session.

Change Things Up

Because most workout routines make use of special equipment, you’ll probably have to change things up when working out from home. But take heart! There are plenty of ways to push yourself in the absence of your personal trainer.

When you can’t get to the gym, doing some new exercises is actually a great way to stretch your fitness gains. If you’re a gym rat who spends most of the time pushing and pulling on free weights, go aerobic while home. There are plenty of aerobic exercises at your disposal, and you probably have everything you need to make it happen.

Jogging may seem like a bore, but when you consider the stamina increase it provides, you may think again. If you’re looking for weight loss more than stamina, high intensity interval training will do the job. Run as hard as you can for 30 to 60 seconds, then slow to a jog or walk for 60 to 120 seconds. Then repeat. Prefer to cycle? Go at it full force for a minute, then slow it down for a minute or two.

Slip It In

If you’re stuck at home caring for a sick child or have to take work home because there’s just too much of it, exercising for an hour straight may be difficult. You can still get your blood pumping though. Just look for small pockets of time in which you can exercise. As soon as you deliver medicine to your child, hit the ground for a round of push-ups or sit-ups. Every time you reach a stopping point in your workload, do the same.

As you force yourself to make use of every small opportunity to exercise, it will become easier to recognize the chances for working out that you have. Sure, it may not come with the same feelings of accomplishment as going to the gym, but you’ll help your body stay the course and keep your head in exercise mode.