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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Home Workouts

You may be spending more time at home than usual, but that doesn't mean your health should suffer. If you're looking to start a new exercise regimen, now is a great time to start. If you're dedicated to the gym, there's no reason you can't challenge yourself with workouts at home. If you're looking to maintain some healthy habits, here are 10 ideas to get a better workout at home.

1. Go for a Swim

If you've got a pool, a swim is a great way to switch up your tedious workouts. Swimming tends to be low impact, so this is a wonderful choice if you need an activity that's easy on the joints. It's also a great way to destress in the summer months. If you don't have a pool, you can search for "pool builders near me" to get started on transforming your backyard.

2. Use Your Environment

You might be surprised at all the creative ways you can utilize your home for a challenging workout. If you miss cardio equipment, try walking or jogging up the stairs a few times. The chairs in the garage can be great for body weight exercises. If you need hand weights, those jugs of water in the pantry will do nicely.

3. Virtual Training

You don't need face-to-face sessions with a personal trainer to get an effective workout in. Many trainers are offering virtual classes, and they can modify exercises to the equipment you have on hand. If you don't have the budget for a trainer, there are plenty of videos and apps you can find for free online.

4. Get New Equipment

If you're missing the gym and you have the budget, there's no reason why you shouldn't invest in some new equipment. You can get exercise bikes or treadmills that fold up, so even renters can exercise without sacrificing precious living space. This might also be a good time to replace that old yoga mat or buy some exercise bands.

5. Switch Things Up

If you're not as excited about your workouts as you used to be, or you've noticed a lack of progress, it may be time to switch things up. Trying a new routine or exercise class can keep your motivation high and challenge your body in unexpected ways.

6. Find a Buddy

Having an accountability partner can make it easier for both of you to show up for your workouts. When things get tough, you'll have a built in support system.

7. Schedule Your Workouts

If you're looking to build a new exercise habit, one of the most effective ways to program your brain is to schedule your workout for the same time of day or days of the week. This also helps to let the people in your life know that you are unavailable at those times.

8. Stretch

Any new workout regimen should be accompanied by a proper warm-up and stretching routine. This helps reduce your chances of injury and assists with flexibility. If you give yoga a try, you can get your stretching and workout in at the same time.

9. Track your Progress

If you're feeling unmotivated, it can be helpful to see how far you've come. If you record your progress, favorite meals and workouts in a special journal, you'll always have a source of inspiration at hand.

10. Rest

While exercise is crucial for good physical and mental health, it's important to take at least a day or two every week to rest. By listening to your body and giving it time to recover and rebuild tired muscles, you'll be better prepared for the next week of challenges.

It can be hard to maintain healthy habits while stuck at home, but this is just one reason to be more creative with your workouts. By following these tips, you'll be on your way to finding an exciting and rewarding new exercise routine.

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