February 5, 2013

There are days when getting to the gym just isn’t in the cards. Maybe it’s a busy schedule, or travel for business, or perhaps your gym’s classes don’t suit your training needs. Whatever the reason – you’re just not making it to the gym.

So why not try a workout at home? There is a wide variety of online workouts that can cater to your every fitness desire precisely when you need it. Here are three ways to get motivated and exercising without leaving the house.

1. Schedule It
You go to your gym at certain times – or for your favorite class – so do the same for when you work out at home. Pick a day/time a few times a week that fits in your schedule and stick to it. You’ll grow to look forward to that special space just as you would that Zumba class. Mark it on your calendar, make a regular home fitness date with a friend or set an alarm on your phone to help you stay on task.

2. Surf the Web
YouTube has come a long way from its early days. Type in the word fitness and you can find new workouts every single day. Famous fitness trainers like Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin and Jane Fonda offer fresh ways to stay fit. Great 30-day programs that focus on certain areas, combine fun and fit dance sessions, fat burning cardio, strength-building, yoga and even Pilates are all right there at the click of a mouse.

Need a website that works for all-around fitness and health? Diet.com fits the bill with over 500 videos that assist with nutrition, weight loss, exercise and healthy eating options. SparkPeople is a good resource for pregnancy workouts, specific boot camp workouts and even healthy cooking classes.

If yoga is really your thing then a visit to BexLife.com is your best bet. Rebekah Borucki, a fitness and yoga instructor, is a certified YouTube smash hit. The mother of four gives advice for food, workouts and some seriously fun yoga workouts like “Go Sweat Yourself” that targets the butt, thigh and core areas.

3. Top Tools
You don’t need a lot of equipment to get a good workout at home. Whether you’re doing cardio, strength training or various forms of yoga you can find the tools you need within your budget. Picking up a jump rope, yoga mat and set of three sets of dumbbells (range 3-10 lbs.) is the first step. Build on it with heavier weights as needed, a yoga block, resistance bands or braided tubes as you progress with your regime.

To change up your routine and whittle your waist pick up a Kettleball and accompanying DVD from GoFit.com. A stability ball will give you a flatter stomach and better core control. All these items can be stored away in a small area of your home that won’t take up a ton of space. Bring them out when needed and store them in the same spot each time. It will increase the feeling of permanence and regularity with your workouts. Carving out space, even a small one, is just as important as setting aside time to exercise.

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