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How To Exercise At Home – The Ultimate Guide

Now that we are in the middle of a pandemic it’s really difficult to go to the gym and exercise like we used to do before. But don’t let that be the reason for you to stop working out. Here is a guide about how to exercise at home so you can continue to be fit and healthy.

I’ve been working out at home since the pandemic hit so I made this article based on the things that worked the best for me. I also made a full research about this subject to ensure that I’m giving you the most correct and complete information.

Because of the pandemic, most gyms in the world closed doors and many people stopped exercising. I made this article to help and encourage people to work out at home, so they can get a great physique and more importantly, stay healthy.

Here is what you will learn in this article:

Calisthenics Are Your Best Friend
Don’t Neglect Everyday Items
Try Workout Apps
Buy Cheap Equipment
Always Warm Up
Don’t Forget To Drink Water
What To Do Next

Keep reading to learn all about it.

Calisthenics Are Your Best Friend

Also known as bodyweight exercises, calisthenics will be the main type of exercise you will do if you want to work out at home without equipment. They don’t require any equipment and are really good for strengthening your body. As the name already says these exercises will use the weight of your body.

Man doing calisthenics

The goal of these exercises is to either burn fat by doing high-intensity movements or to strengthen and define your muscles.

Some of the best calisthenics exercises are:

  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Chinups
  • Burpees
  • Squats
  • Crunches
  • Planks

Don’t Neglect Everyday Items

If you miss the gym equipment, be creative, your house probably has all the stuff you need to replace the things you find at your gym. You can use water bottles as dumbells, or your sofa to do some elevated pushups, or even a chair to do some tricep dips, your creativity is the limit.

Try Workout Apps

If you search on the app store of your smartphone you will find many apps filled with different types of workouts for you to choose from that usually don’t require any equipment. It’s really helpful if you don’t have time to create a workout plan yourself or don’t know how.

Man looking at the phone

If you don’t have a smartphone or prefer the video format, Youtube is also full of instructors creating workouts you can do at home.

Buy Cheap Equipment

If you want and have the possibility you can buy some cheap equipment to help you with your workouts.

Resistance Bands

A very good product we can recommend is resistance bands, they are affordable and you can take them anywhere. Also, you can do a full-body workout with them because there are a lot of different exercises with resistance bands for each muscle group.

Pull-Up Bar

Another really good product to buy is a pull-up bar. Pullups are a very good exercise that strengthens your upper body and we really recommend you do it. The pull-up bar is really important because it’s the only way to do pullups at home and there isn’t an equipment-free exercise that can replace the pullups.

Always Warm Up

It’s really important to always warm up before any kind of workout to avoid injuries and ensure your body is ready to start exercising. When you warm up your blood vessels dilate, making sure your muscles receive an adequate amount of oxygen. You will see that you will feel much more ready to start exercising with a high intensity after a warm-up. [1]

Don’t Forget To Drink Water

It’s very important to always hydrate yourself when exercising. Dehydration can lead to decreased workout performance and make you feel bad.

Man drinking water

We recommend you to follow these guidelines by the American Council on Exercise on the amount of water you should drink:

  • Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water two hours before the start of exercise.
  • Drink 7 to 10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise.
  • Drink 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost after exercise.

What To Do Next

It’s very important to eat before any kind of exercise. Don’t forget that.

Martim Pintão

Martim Pintão

Martim is a fitness enthusiast who loves to help people get into shape. He founded Dream Strength in order to do just that, and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon!

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