Now January has rolled round again and the gluttony of Christmas is once again taking its toll upon us all, it’s time to start thinking seriously about a new, healthier lifestyle. It may be tempting to sign up to a gym, but with the figures stacked against you (30-40% of January gym memberships are cancelled after just 3 months) it may be a safer bet to invest in a method to exercise and get fit in the comfort of your own home.
When it comes to getting fit at home, there’s a huge variety of different activities that you can choose to do to aid you in your healthier, sportier lifestyle, each with their own merits and downsides. This guide offers just a few examples of what you can do depending on your ability, but it’s by no means a comprehensive list, so take it with a pinch of salt and make sure you find a regime that inspires you to stick with it, for the benefit of your long term health and wellbeing.
Exercise Bike (easy)
Although expensive, an exercise bike can be one of the easiest ways of getting fit within your own home and should definitely be viewed as a long term investment in your health. It offers the ideal solution for people with a range of different abilities and health conditions, as the pace of exercise is set by you the user. Exercise bikes are also a brilliant choice for those with health conditions such as bad knees as unlike a treadmill it offers gentle exercise that works to strengthen muscles aiding to your leg’s ability to bear weight.
Personal Trainer (as hard as you make it)
Personal trainers are often available to come and work with you within the comfort of your own home, offering you motivation and guidance as you work to improve your fitness levels. This personal trainer in Clapham for instance specialises in working with you in the place of your choosing, allowing you access to the expert guidance that you find in a gym in any location that’s convenient to you. The added benefit of choosing a personal trainer is that you can discuss your fitness goals and work with the trainer to ensure that you are meeting them.
Fitness DVDs (ranging in difficulty)
The classic fitness tape of the eighties and nineties has seen a modern revival in recent years, and now fitness DVDs are ten a penny in most households. Despite the cheesy (often cringe worthy) instruction and initial embarrassment of fitness DVD workouts, a fitness DVD can be a fantastic way to get the work out of your choosing (and appropriate instruction) in the comfort of your own home. With just a one off payment, you can do yoga, kick boxing, and even more obscure workouts such as Capoeira with very little fuss making this option brilliant for those of you who have a small budget or little desire to waste time searching for a local class to attend.
Whichever option you choose, it’s a good idea to tell all your friends about your new routine – that way, if you feel tempted to give up within a few weeks you’ll have the added incentive of their disapproving looks to keep you on the right path!