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What is the Best Way to Keep Fit at Home?

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
From Brisbane, Australia, I mainly write for WeekendNotes, and at present, I enjoy challenging myself to add reviews on many diverse topics to this vast library of articles.
Published April 26th 2021
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It seems that regardless of global trends in exercise that keeping fit at home is a sensible idea. I am a big fan of fitness and I found the key is indeed consistency or 'healthy habits' despite injuries and what motivates consistent yet satisfying and useful exercise.

Yet I had a conundrum with injuries versus health that led me to find out that fitness at home can mean so many things, such as nutrition, fasts, stretches and creative ways to improve aerobic fitness. While doing outgoing things will inevitably help, a fitness regime of healthy cooking, stretches, abdominal exercises and walks or cycles around the block are a nice and consistent way to keep healthy and aerobically fit without risking injuries or consuming what I think are misunderstood fitness products, such as protein shakes and vitamins.

There is a lot to be said from getting nutrients from natural sources and using house chores and errands as fitness. I think a strong core helps due to the centrality it has in the physique yet I also completely understand that point of view that training for other than health purposes are a reality of modern life.

Other people train for a multitude of reasons and because general health is a very naturally successful way to train (as the goal of health better improves motivation overall), then training for a purpose other than general health (such as for a role in a movie, a bodybuilding contest, a photoshoot or a competitive sport) can be stressful and that is made even more stressful due to gyms being harder to access at present.

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So mentioning a new way to train at home is good - here are a few examples to inspire some answers of your own:

Use YouTube videos: difficult to sift through and select from the vast number of videos.

Utilise a video game console: (known as exergames).

Apart from home gyms are many other devices that burn energy and tone, such as mini-exercise bikes and bands and abdominal machines. Answering something along these lines is very relevant.

Access an app and/or wear a smartwatch: I find using a step counter on my phone is motivating me to try to beat my own personal record.

A home gym setup: very expensive, yet I totally understand that if needing to train with that intensity and have some space to install it, then it's a good answer.

Chores: something that everyone has an idea about, could be something strenuous, I can actually think of ten things that could improve my home's appearance, that take a bit of energy and effort.

- A food diary: when combined with exercise a food diary helps boost awareness of caloric intake and overall healthiness of a diet.

I think the answer is right in front of me at times, I was getting a lot of weight until I bought weighing scales, which showed me that effective ideas are so often simple yet not as obvious as needed to be (they got me losing weight and keeping it off with good consistent dieting). People respond differently and have different goals and motivations. There are a lot of interesting lessons in motivation that we all face and fitness is often a big lesson in motivation.

I think it's a very delicate balance due to the fact people are different and the broad range of products and methods within the concept that is fitness make it hard to judge and find suitable combinations of activities. My final point is that it is hard to do things unsupervised at home, and that qualified supervision of your exercise has some surprising benefits, such as less injuries and better improvements over time. Therefore I am really liberal and mild in approach to home exercise.

It's something everyone has an idea/experience on, and so I'd be delighted to hear more about (possibly in an answer above) what is the best way to keep fit at home?

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