Working out at home definitely has its advantages. You save time traveling to the gym, save the cost of a gym membership, have more privacy, and you can work out anytime you want.
However, working out at home can lead to poor habits which may limit your regular workout routine. We’ve gathered the top seven mistakes you can make when exercising at home.
Not resting – Working out at home saves us time from having to travel to the local gym. But saving time by skipping breaks during your workout can lead to fatigue or worse, injury.
Not focusing – Our homes are filled with distractions. From kids to the television, something or someone always seems to be calling for our attention. If possible, find a location in your home where you can work out and keep the distractions at bay.
Not finishing – You must be your own cheerleader when working out at home. It can be difficult to push yourself and complete that next rep. Look for ways to inspire yourself to keep motivated when the couch starts calling your name.
Not warming up – Rolling out of bed straight into a workout will cause more harm than good. Take the necessary time to warm up and stretch. Doing so will reduce the risk of potential injury.
Not changing it up – When working out by yourself, it can be easy to fall into a lull and repeat the same exercise every day. Make sure your workouts are varied including both cardio and muscle exercises.
Not staying hydrated – Hydration is critical to overall health, not just when you work out. Make sure you are drinking enough water and are not tempted to reach for other drinks that may be tempting but zap hydration such as coffee or soft drinks.
Not dressing the part – It may be okay to do Zoom calls without pants but wearing the correct workout gear will keep you comfortable and proper shoes improve safety.
Staying in shape is important for a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding these seven mistakes will help you achieve your fitness goals. And in today’s online world, there are plenty of professional trainers on the internet ready to help you succeed.