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For those looking to start a fitness routine, the convenience of getting fit at home cannot be overstated. With no need to travel to a gym, deal with crowds or reserve equipment, it can be a simpler and more accessible way to get in shape. Whether it’s through bodyweight exercises, yoga or utilizing home gym equipment, Mover’s Odyssey explains how to create a consistent at-home workout regimen that can be a great first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Start with the Basics
You might be surprised to hear how many basic strength and fitness activities can be done from home — and you don't even need to invest in expensive equipment to do them.
Use furniture such as doorways, chairs, and kitchen countertops to do exercises such as bench presses, push-ups, and tricep dips.
Make the most of your backyard or the patio to practice mindfulness, whether doing yoga, starting a Tai Chi practice, or Pilates.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, depending on your fitness objectives.
If your workout partner is a canine, learn more about their breed to understand some of their limitations and what activities they might enjoy, too!
Eat the Best You Can
Your diet is of the utmost importance for overall health. You may have heard it said that “food is medicine.” It holds the building blocks for avoiding illness and staying strong throughout life. So concentrate on what you can do to eat the healthiest diet possible.
Start by following a focused diet plan depending on your dietary objectives. It’s best to work with your doctor or a nutritionist to get started. Both are usually covered by your insurance, which you can get through an affordable state-sponsored program.
Eating up to six small meals throughout the day can help to keep your energy levels up for longer.
Drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily to keep sufficiently hydrated.
Don't forget to prioritize self-care. You can’t pour from an empty cup, and putting your well-being at the forefront of your priorities ensures that you have the energy and motivation to take care of your other responsibilities in life.
Be optimistic about the day by having a good attitude, no matter the outcome.
Focus on your small successes rather than the failures. If you find this challenging, read a motivational book such as Discipline is Destiny or An Antidote to Chaos for some inspiration.
Take a break to do the things that fill you with joy. Take a jog, read a book or catch up with friends to refill your energy tank.
Spend some time outside. Being in nature is great for your mental health, so choose to walk more when you’re in high walk score areas and take some time to soak up the sun during breaks throughout your day.
Focus on Overall Health and Happiness
Exercising and spending time on self-care will help you to feel better on so many levels. So, find a routine that works for you and remember to seek joy throughout your day. You may be amazed at how much things change when you do!