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We tell ourselves so many excuses just to avoid having to hit the gym. Procrastination, after all, is a force that’s a little too hard to resist. Who would want to lift weights when you can lounge in front of the TV eating popcorn? Who would choose to wake up early in the morning to jog if you can wrap yourself tightly in your blanket and sleep till noon arrives? Lastly, who on earth would choose to live the hard and painful path to fitness when you can easily slip into the life of a total slob?

How To Create An At Home Gym

how-to-create-home-gym

We tell ourselves so many excuses just to avoid having to hit the gym. Procrastination, after all, is a force that’s a little too hard to resist. Who would want to lift weights when you can lounge in front of the TV eating popcorn? Who would choose to wake up early in the morning to jog if you can wrap yourself tightly in your blanket and sleep till noon arrives? Lastly, who on earth would choose to live the hard and painful path to fitness when you can easily slip into the life of a total slob?

A person who actually wants to live, that’s who.

Being fit is not an option; it’s a necessity. Although no one is forcing us to live a healthy life, our body still sets limitations on how much we can afford to live unhealthily. As they say, everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. This means that eating junk food morning, noon, and night is allowed but that doesn’t make it okay. In the same way staying awake for a straight 56 hours is not prohibited but that doesn’t mean it’ll do you good. Anything – and I do mean anything – in this world can be done if you will it to. The question lies in how much merit you are going to gain from doing something.

Is it going to be good or bad? Will it make you better or worse?

 Life is full of choices, you see. And it’s important that we always make the right ones – don’t you agree? There are still so many things in this world that we need to experience and we need time to do it. Living unhealthily is never going to give you the time you need. It’s one thing to believe in YOLO and another to completely let go of yourself. Remember, moderation is the key to a better life. No doubt about it.

Fortunately, you can start this healthy change by doing something really simple – like putting up your own gym in the comfort of your own home!

Here’s how you can do it:

Get Something For Cardio

In any exercise routine, cardio workouts are very important. Cardio workouts, after all, get your blood pumping and your sweat running. It gets you hype enough to start feeling the surge of energy kicking in. If you’re fond of working out, I’m pretty sure that you could tell the difference in your stamina when you start and end your exercise routine with a bit of cardio. Going straight to lifting weights or other toning equipment without breaking a sweat first can make you feel sluggish throughout the session. It will not help increase your productivity at all.

With all that being said, you should look for cardio-based workout equipment to add to your indoor gym. You can try getting an upright or recumbent bike – whichever you’re most comfortable with. You can also try getting your own treadmill at home although I doubt that there’s one that can fit in limited space. Other cardio-based workout machines are elliptical trainers, stair mills, and Jacob’s ladder. Although some of them don’t work too well for many gym goers. 

Lifting Weights Is Great For Toning Muscles

Next, when your body is all pumped up from doing all that cardio exercise, the next thing you should turn your attention to is weight training. Actually, before I even begin suggesting weight training equipment, let me first give light to two misconstrued opinions people have about lifting weights:

  1. Weightlifting is not just a “man’s activity.”
  2. It’s not going to turn you into a real life hulk – unless you intend to be one.

Lifting weights is healthy for our body’s muscles. I’m not saying you should lift a 50-kg dumbbell on each hand for 100 reps every single day; all I’m saying is that you gradually, diligently lift weights (that you can carry) to help tone your muscles. Toned muscles are healthy – and they look good. If you want to achieve them without having to go to the gym, buying the right equipment for home use will become an advantage for you.

Get a good set of dumbbells. If you’re a beginner, a 5 or 10 kg one would be enough to help you tone your muscles. Getting a barbell is optional. If you’re not planning to take up weight training as a sport, a small one will do.

Having Good Beats Should Help You Get Pumped

One other thing that’s necessary in order to achieve the perfect “at home gym” is to have a kickass stereo. Good beats can help you cover more exercise because it pumps you up. Create your own playlist and turn up the volume when you’re doing your routine. Surely, your favorite artists will urge you to do better with your workout.

Also, if you’re fond of upbeat workouts and “dancercises” like Pilates, having great music will definitely help you lose that belly fat in no time! You can even get a small TV to go with it.

Add A Dash Of Motivation

A crucial part of working out is keeping yourself motivated. In fact, many people quit halfway because they can’t seem to find the right motivation to keep themselves grinding. Working out is difficult, we know. It takes up your time and energy – a lot. Keep yourself motivated by adding something to encourage you to exercise inside your indoor gym. It can be anything, really. You can have a picture, a mantra, or a “goal” hanging somewhere in your wall. Place it somewhere you’ll easily spot. This way, when you feel like giving up, something will shake you off the idea and urge you to keep going!

While you’re at it, keeping some healthy snacks and energy drinks stashed nearby can also help give you a quick boost of energy. After all, you can’t grind on an empty stomach. Be sure to keep your energy levels high and make the most out of your indoor gym – even without anyone looking!

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