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How do I Establish a Home Fitness Routine?

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  • Written By: B. Miller
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 26 July 2018
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The keys to establishing a home fitness routine are to first figure out the types of things that interest you, and then set out a schedule that will work so you are free to exercise regularly. In order to keep the home fitness routine going, it will be necessary to get into the habit of doing it; otherwise, it will be too easy to skip. Some people find that using exercise DVDs or fitness equipment helps to encourage them to exercise regularly, while others prefer to make it more low-tech and will do things such as yoga, walking around the neighborhood, or running up and down the stairs for a fitness routine.

If you do not choose activities that you enjoy for your home fitness routine, you are much less likely to stick with it. If you find that you enjoy low-key exercise, for example, yoga or Pilates might be a better choice. If you want to get the blood pumping, going for a run or a walk is an excellent, simple way to get exercise. Strength training with weight machines or free weights is another option, as well as is purchasing fitness equipment like a stationary bicycle, elliptical machine, or treadmill. Making sure the routine has variety is important as well, both because it is better for the body, and because it helps to keep you interested.

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While you are establishing a home fitness routine, it is also important to consider your schedule. Consider the time of day that is the most convenient for you to exercise, as well as when you personally have the most energy. Some people find that they have more energy when they first get out of bed in the morning, while others do better exercising when they get home from work at the end of the day. If necessary, you may need to rearrange your schedule to give yourself more time to exercise. Do not just expect to find time at random, because you most likely won't.

Some people find they exercise best alone, while others enjoy finding workout buddies for extra motivation. In addition, it will be necessary to actually develop the habit to exercise; this means exercising for approximately five days per week for a sustained period of time each instance. Rather than only exercising for two or three days per week, exercising more frequently will help to make the home fitness routine a habit. Of course, if you only have two or three days per week to exercise, that is certainly better than nothing.

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