We’re well into February now, and the majority of the population by this point in time has left their New Year’s resolutions behind. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pick back up again and keep going. Especially for those of you who have health-related goals, it’s so important to continue working to keep your body healthy.

We’ve partnered with Quality Home Fitness, a provider of home fitness equipment for Twin Falls residents, to bring you these tips to help you with your home workouts.

Water Bottle

One of the most important things, when you’re working out (and if you want to live longer than a day), is to stay hydrated. So be sure to keep a water bottle or glass of water nearby while you are getting your exercise in.

If you don’t want to have to refill your cup or water bottle often, get a large water bottle to keep during your workouts – like 32 to 44 ounces. Some people even like keeping an entire gallon of water dedicated to their workouts.

Equipment

If you’re going to be working out at home you will probably need some equipment – or want some at least.

Now, you don’t have to go spend a thousand dollars on a nice treadmill or elliptical to get in a good home workout. If you want to keep it really simple, use items around your house like a chair to step up on for cardio and canned foods for weights (or small children).

Some good basic equipment to start with is a yoga mat, resistance bands, and a jump rope. This will help you get in some strength training and cardio, which are both important for a well-rounded workout routine.

Motivation

We are all motivated by different things. So in order for you to stick with your home workout routine, you need to find what motivates you.

Here are some tips that might help you find your motivation:

  • Turn on some pump up music.
  • Get dressed in your workout clothes.
  • Get a buddy.
  • Implement a reward system (avoid sugary treats as a reward for this one).

What To Do

Sometimes, the hardest part about doing a home workout is trying to figure out what to do. When you find yourself with this struggle, keep this five things in mind:

  1. Warm-up
  2. Cardio
  3. Resistance
  4. Stretching
  5. Cool-down

A warmup can be as simple as going for a walk around your house or a five-minute jog on the treadmill.

Cardio is anything that gets your heart pumping. Turn on your favorite kickboxing video, go for a run, jump rope for 15 minutes.

Resistance is strength training. You can use weights or do things that use your body as resistance, like squats, lunges, and pushups.

Cardio and resistance training don’t have to be done in the same workout, but you should incorporate both of them into your weekly routines.

Stretching is important after each workout to keep your muscles and joints from tightening up and becoming sore.

Your cooldown just helps to get your heart rate back down to normal. Sometimes stretching is a good cooldown, and sometimes you might need a little more of a cooldown before the stretching commences. A slow walk is a great way to cool down and lower your heart rate. Taking deep steady breaths can help slow down your heart rate.

Do you enjoy home workouts better than going to the gym? Will you implement these tips to make your home workouts better?