Workout Routines At Home
There are so many excuses not to work out. Sometimes we think it's too hard, and others feel really intimidated to walk into a gym. I've worked with some beautiful women that are a bit over weight, and they tell me that when they walk into the gym, and they see all the knuckle dragging muscle heads grunting and sweating, and they feel intimidated to even approach any of the weights. It makes them feel as if they don't know what they are doing.
In reality, those muscle heads are really nice guys. They know that you have to start somewhere, and there is no judgement from them. In fact, they would be happy to help if asked a question. Regardless, I tell my clients that, and they still feel nervous about going into the gym on their own.
So, there are lot's of workout routines that you can do from home. You can always grab the most popular exercise DVD and do that on your own. And there is always the fitness channel. Those are the easiest to do, because you have someone you can follow. Find something you enjoy and that you will stick with.
I've even seen some videos that incorporate holding your baby for new mom's. The mom gets exercise, and the baby enjoys it, because they are getting some valuable play time with mom.
I used to travel a lot, so, this at home routine, I call it the 'hotel exercise routine'. Something I could do in my hotel room without requiring any weights or extra fitness equipment. I start out warming up. If I have some stairs somewhere, I might warm up going up and down the stairs slowly at first, and then eventually, as fast as I can. I do this for about 20 minutes. If there are no stairs, I just warm up with some jumping jacks, squats, push ups, and jumping as if I had a jump rope. I call them no rope jump ropes.
After a sufficient warm up, I like to do a bit of stretching. I take a deep breathe in raising my arms above my head, and on the out breathe I reach my hands all the way down to my toes. Feet are a bit wider than shoulder width apart. I press my lower back towards my legs and get a great stretch down the backs of my legs.
(Hamstring muscle group). Then, I walk it over to my right leg, then my left leg, then back to the middle. I walk my feet in together from there so that I am still touching my toes. I bend the right knee and stick my hip out, then alternate left knee, and back and forth until I feel sufficiently stretched. I roll my vertebrae up slowly, one vertebrae at a time to a standing position.
Now, for the at harder portion of the at home workout routine. I start with 20 push ups, 20 sit ups, 20 squats, and 20 lunges on each leg. If I have something I hold onto, like a desk or a bench, I will do 20 tricep presses.
You are sitting on the edge of the bench or chair, your feet in front of you, and your palms facing behind you. You grab a hold of the chair, and you dip yourself down, using the backs of your arms to press you back up.