7 Tips to Make Your At-Home Workout More Effective

7 Tips to Make Your At-Home Workout More Effective

Tya Waterman |

Just because we are stuck working out at home for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t mean that our progress must be set back. At home workouts can be just as effective as gym workouts. The element that will have the biggest impact on the quality of your workout is the mindset that you go into it with. Separate yourself from your typical at-home relaxation mindset and go into your workout knowing that for the next 15, 45, or 60 minutes, you will give everything you’ve got. Keep reading for 7 more tips to ensure the effectiveness of your at-home workout.

1. Up the Intensity

One of the quickest ways to make your workout more challenging is by increasing the intensity. This can be done by switching up the exercises to more plyometric style training, such as jump squats instead of air squats, and training in intervals. An example of a typical interval training format is as follows: perform burpees for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds. Repeat this four to eight times and then switch to a different exercise. To get the most out of this workout, you must give your absolute all for those 20 seconds of work.

2. Add Resistance

If you have equipment, use it. If you don’t, you might have to get a little creative. You could use anything from resistance bands and free weights to a jug of milk, a heavy book, your kid, a box of wine, whatever you have handy and that adds some extra resistance to the movement. Tip: if you’re using a jug of milk, be careful not to drop it. Nobody wants to deal with that mess.

3. Wear the Right Shoes

Just because you are in the comfort of your own home, it doesn’t mean that you should be working out barefoot. Put your gym shoes on put in some work.

4. Switch Things Up

Adding variety to your workout will help keep you interested and keep challenging your body. Switch up your workouts, vary between training different body parts, at different intensities, do some cardio, some weights (if you can), try yoga, or Zumba. This is your chance to try new things.

5. Consider the Tempo

Changing the tempo of your movements can substantially affect the difficulty. Slow things down or even stop and hold a specific position. For example, if you are performing squats, you could go down for the count of 5, hold for 5, and then go back up for 5. Trust us, you will feel the burn.

6. Set Goals

Although you may not be able to hit a new PR while working out from home, you can still set goals to keep yourself accountable. You could do a higher intensity workout for time and then try to beat that time. You could challenge yourself to be able to perform 25 burpees without breaking. Whatever goal gets you excited and wanting to train.

7. Make a Plan

Just like you wouldn’t go into the gym without a plan, you also shouldn’t go into your at-home workout without a plan. Take even 5 minutes right before you start to decide what your workout will look like. The benefit of working out at home is you won’t have to change your plan due to a busy gym.

Although these are challenging and uncertain times, we can still prioritize our health and one of the best ways to do this is through exercise. Give these tips a try and see how effective and fun our at-home workout can be.