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Stuck at home and struggling to get into the swing of at-home exercise? Follow these simple tips and you’ll soon be sweating out your stress in your very own space.
By Emma Hogan, Les Mills
With Covid-19 wreaking havoc all over the planet our communities are in various stages of lockdown. And for many of us, our daily gym excursions are something we are having to do without. Who would have thought we would miss our workouts so much?
The good news is, you don’t have to drop your exercise routine entirely. Now’s your chance to make exercise at home really work for you. Here are five simple secrets that will set you up for success.
For most of us the hardest part about exercise is mustering the motivation to get off the couch and get moving. Scheduling a specific time to train each day will not only shape a regular routine, it will also help manage (and eliminate) any potential distractions. To avoid spending the first half of your exercise time browsing an online library of workout options, decide on your next workout the night before (or at the end of your previous workout session). If you really want to hit the ground running, bookmark the workout, lay out your workout gear and equipment and make sure your workout space has plenty of room to move.
“The hour when I do my exercise is when I don’t need to stress, all I have to do is follow the screen. I can forget about everything and in the end, I will feel amazing. That is why I look forward to it every day.” Gosia Mider.
If you’re looking for at-home workout ideas you don’t need to look far; the internet is filled with all sorts of exercise ideas. The catch is, they’re not all created equally – and following a hot Instagram model’s favorite moves is unlikely to fast-track your fitness success. The most effective way to challenge your fitness, build strong lean muscles and improve your health is to follow a scientifically-backed workout that has been carefully structured to drive results. Choose a workout on the LES MILLS On Demand platform and you can be confident it’s been shaped by a team of fitness professionals, sports scientists and music experts, before being comprehensively tested and refined to ensure it’s highly engaging and effective.
You can create a motivating workout area simply by finding the best place to stream online workouts and keeping any exercise equipment nearby. Watch and learn how to make the most of your space here. By keeping any workout equipment organized in a basket or tidy spot you’ll stay motivated, and remove the hassle of getting “set up” every time you think about exercise. Be sure to always have a sweat towel and water on hand – rushing off to the kitchen to get a mid-workout drink won’t do your fitness goals any good.
“We’ve always had a completely dedicated work out space in every house we’ve owned – it’s how we stay accountable!” Laurie A Lucas.
4. STAY FOCUSED
When you’re working out in a gym you’re surrounded by fellow exercisers, the focus on fitness is absolute and the chance of distraction seeping in is slim. At home it’s a different story. Kids, neighbors, your pets, your phone…they’re all on standby ready to sabotage your exercise. If you want to successfully tick off an at-home workout you need to eliminate potential interferences before they take hold – turn your phone to silent, plan your workout for a time when children or visitors won’t be around to interrupt, and make sure your dog or cat is shut away in another room. Another option – get the whole family involved, plenty of couples do at-home workouts together. BODYBALANCE is a great family-friendly option and there are special free kids’ workouts available too.
The secret to staying on track is to find an activity you love. But doing nothing but your favorite workout will only get you so far. The best results come when you follow a weekly regime that features a combination of cardio, strength and flexibility training. It’s also important to mix up the workouts and keep introducing new activities. With a library of 1000+ workouts, and new workouts added every week, LES MILLS On Demand makes it easy to get the variety you need for optimal results.
“There’s huge variety on Les Mills! I love a new release, but when I get bored I just either do a different one, or different program. My fitness is going through the roof, and I’m doing it at home!” Tiffany Perry.
It’s easy to keep exercising at home with free access to LES MILLS On Demand.
Members can get a 60 day free trial of LES MILLS On Demand via the Online Classes tab on the member app.
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