Let’s face it – we all live very hectic lives today. If we’re not rushing to and from work, we’ve got a million things we’ve got to do on a weekly basis, whether it be running errands, picking up or dropping off the kids, or simply walking the dog, and sometimes the last thing we want to do is to drag ourselves down to the gym early in the morning or late in the evening, especially when your nice, comfortable couch is calling your name, but there are plenty of ways to get fit – and that sexy six pack – without leaving the confines of your home.
Convenience doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard
First thing’s first – if you’re looking for shortcuts or “get fit fast” schemes, this guide is definitely not for you; no one has ever gotten a set of ripped abs by not working hard and diligently over a serious period of time, regardless of whether it’s at home or in the gym. However, if you’re looking for a way to keep up with a fitness regime when you simply can’t get to the gym, then you’re going to want to pay close attention.
It’s absolutely possible to have your cake and eat it too if you’re looking to get fit in the comfort of your own home, as long as you don’t mistake the convenience of staying in and not having to crawl down to the gym for not having to work hard. The trick here is to keep active in the confines of your home by performing easy-to-do exercises that will help you burn fat and build muscle.
THe gym’s never closed when it’s in your living room
You don’t need to shell out massive amounts of cash on expensive exercise equipment when it comes to keeping fit at home. If you already have a large piece of equipment, such as a treadmill or a stationary bicycle, that’s fantastic, as cardiovascular exercise is an excellent way to increase your metabolism and burn fat, but you can still get your blood pumping and your metabolic rate up without the use of such gadgets.
The best way to do this is to incorporate body-weight exercises, which require no specialised equipment except for your own body and either the wall or the floor. The weight of your own body will provide the resistance you need when performing exercises such as push-ups or planks, two excellent exercises for building core muscles and burning fat, and you can even do some sit-ups or abdominal crunches as well – provided you do them properly and don’t risk injury to your back or neck!
Finally, even if you simply run in place – or take a jog around the block if you’re feeling particularly daring – you’re going to see a big difference after just a few days or weeks. Moderate exercise three to five times a week, for around 30 minutes each, is the best way to kick-start your health and fitness into high gear, and all without ever stepping within the confines of a gym or fitness centre.
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