Here’s my confession – I’ve never been to a gym. My 5,000 Instagram following, is predominantly fitness and muscle enthusiasts. I don’t think my body is what they aspire to and likewise, I’m content without trying to build large ‘gains’. Getting fit from home, may not give me the current ideal physique – super slim waist with curvaceous, squat booty, however, I’ve transformed drastically in the past year and I do consider myself toned.
I switch up my exercise
I swear by Shaun T workouts. Shaun is a part of Beachbody – a company which sells some of the best-selling fitness workout plans. You can sign up to Beachbody on demand and have 24/7 access to all their workouts with different personal trainers. Additionally, you can individually buy set fitness DVD’s.
Shaun T creates hardcore HITT exercise programs, made for people serious about getting in the best shape possible. It took me about a month before I could get through his 5-minute warm-ups.
Over the years, I’ve collected various Shaun T programs, including the infamous Insanity, T25 and Insanity Max 30. In my opinion, they work incredibly well – even if you follow the modifier and take mini breaks. I tend to exercise two months straight using one program, then take a break and either do the same program a couple of times a week or switch up to another Shaun T DVD.
I’ve invested in equipment
A couple of months ago, I bought Total Crunch exercise machine which gives your entire body a workout. It’s easy to use when watching TV and blasting music with headphones. For a less, expensive option, I love resistant bands. I bought a set from Amazon, and for the first year of owning, I left them in a drawer. I was clueless on how to use and became lazy trying to figure it out.
Finally, I watched videos online and saw personal trainers on Instagram, demonstrating resistant band exercises. My arms have always been ridiculously thin and have made my body look out of proportion. Since working with resistant bands however, my arms have gained definition and muscle.
YouTube is worth utilising
I once published a post on my favourite fitness Youtube channels. What’s fantastic about YouTube, is the wide variety and options to choose. From ballet, pilates, cardio to yoga; there’s always a workout suitable.
Outdoor runs and walks
As it’s summer, now is the ideal time to exercise outdoors. Getting fit from home, doesn’t mean staying compounded to your house. I’m not confident enough to run alone, so I tend to grab my sister or friend who lives around the corner. Running reminds me of being a child and feeling free. After I got over my fear of others watching, I let go and try my best to enjoy.
Stretching in-between life
This might read strange, but I stretch whenever I’m waiting for food to cook or when there’s an advert on T.V. It’s a simple way to ensure I stretch, which then stops me from waking up with back pains and legs that can barely move.
My diet focuses on good and not bad
If I had the perfect diet, I would rock a pair of washboard abs. I’m not perfect, and I still want to create healthier habits. I focus emphasis on the good – the positive choices. Going a whole day and only recording one or two healthy decisions, means I haven’t eaten well. I don’t need to think about the ‘unhealthy’; my positive tells me everything.
What I consider a good day, is eating well-balanced. Consuming a range of fruit and veg; protein, healthy fats and complex carbs. Does it always go that way? No – though I push towards my aims daily and generally avoid processed food.
Fit from home – what to know
To put in a disclaimer, I am not a health or fitness expert. This piece isn’t me telling you how to get my body. All of us are unique and we all have our own goals and routines.
It’s about being encouraged to figure out what works for you. When I wrote a post on cutting out refined sugar, people asked me how on earth I managed. On the other hand, I have a huge issue with my bread intake, and I can’t picture me giving up bread.
I believe there is huge pressure to join a gym and aspire to the results of Instagram influencers. We are bombarded with messages of encouragement; told to hate cardio and adore weights. I’m not against the gym and perhaps one day I’ll go; I just want to show people who want to live a healthy life without going – there is another option.
How do you feel about the idea of getting fit from home? Are you a gym bunny and do you like cardio?
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