When it comes to getting ready for the summer it can be hard to find the time for workouts. There are ways you can workout at home if there is not a gym close to you or you simply can’t afford the membership fees. Always consult your physician when making the lifestyle change to start a new workout regimen.
When I decided to workout at home I had a hard time fitting in an hour workout regimen when working 12 hours shifts. How did I dedicate this hour into my day? I simply cut out 2 television shows a day that I would watch or record on my DVR. Easier said than done but it is an option if you are someone who is pressed for time. What is better? Being healthy? Or sitting on the couch watching a couple sitcoms every night?
When beginning to workout you want to start off small and work up. The first couple weeks should be cardio which can include walking, running, or doing some kind of at home cardio DVD. For best results 30-45 minutes of moderate cardio should be completed at least 3-5 times a week. There are many cardio workout programs sold at your local stores if you do not prefer walking or running. Walmart has a great selection in their fitness section.
Week three and four you can start to incorporate your toning workouts. Muscle confusion is key when it comes to burning fat and toning the body. Once you can complete workouts you can start moving up to more complex trainings. The beginners schedule I went by is as followed:
Mon- 30 minutes of Cardio, Ab Workouts
Tues-30 minutes of Cardio, Arm workouts,
Wednesday- 30 minutes of Cardio, leg workouts.
Thurs- 30 minutes of Cardio, Ab Workouts
Fri- 30 minutes of Cardio, Arm workouts
Sat- 30 minutes of Cardio, Leg workouts.
Along with any diet and exercise routine you will want to include a healthy diet. You should eat 4-5 small meals and day and have healthy snack in between. Try to avoid a lot of carbs, sodas, and other foods that high in fat and starches. Lean Cuisine meals are a good meal choice if you are in a hurry but they should not be used to replace every meal you eat due to their high starch content. Lean meats you can eat include: fish, lean beef, and chicken breast. Vegetables I choose to eat for nutritional value are yams, broccoli, and green beans (try to avoid corn and peas because they are known to be fillers). There are many healthy recipes you can find online if you get tired of eating the same meals. I had found that the diabetic cook books found at local grocery stores have good ideas in them and can help.
Remember, this is a commitment that requires a lifestyle change. You have to want to accomplish your goals in order to reach them. Not all exercise routine work for everyone and you have to experiment with different ones to find what works best for you. If you want results, you have to put in the work and the dedication to the program you choose. The choice if up to you.
References: Myself; health and wellness major; did at home workouts and dedicated my time to improving my lifestyle