“I’m too busy to workout” – Sound familiar?
Being “busy” is the number one reason most of us give for not getting the fitness fix we want. This lack of time has helped drive a rise of home fitness.
This post offers some quick take-home ideas and inspiration to help you get fit from the comfort of your own home, whatever your goal.
So where to start?
Well, that depends on you. What is your goal? How much space and time do you have? Could you add some kit or a workout partner into the mix?
In the interest of time (we know you are busy!) let us skip to 3 topics and some take-home tips. We are all different, so just mix and match what sounds appealing to you and get started.
Technology has opened up a world of fitness videos catering for almost any fitness goal. With just a laptop and wi-fi connection you can access both recorded fitness videos and, more recently, livestream workouts.
Hundreds of pre-recorded videos are available for free on YouTube from influencers like Adriene and The Body Coach. Platforms like Fitness Blender, Les Mills and Cody also offer a structured approach to help you workout whenever you want.
More recently, platforms and SocialiveTV make it possible to livestream workouts in HD from anywhere in the world. As Theo (co-founder of “fit tech” startup SociaLive TV) explains: “Last week we connected people from 14 different countries, from Australia to the US on the same LIVE online class. We help influencer and their audience workout together real-time from the comfort of their own home. As a Socialive TV viewer puts it: “I could see and hear so well that it really felt like being with her. I clapped at the end like in class!”
Whatever your goal, there’s something for everyone. To name a few, Define and Barre3 offer a range of full-body workouts – with kit, or without – with the promise of in-studio results and at-home convenience
2. Solo & Partner Work
Prefer to switch-off from the screen at home?
Going back to basics with some space, a rug and your bodyweight is all you really need. Take some inspiration on simple and effective moves via sites like www.bodybuilding.com (okay, so technology may still be helpful!) or ask a knowledgeable friend or Personal Trainer.
Better still, why not rope in a partner, set of dumbbells or resistance bands? Kit like this takes little time or money to get hold of and can really spice up a home-workout.
3. Active Daily Living
Any Fitbit owner (or indeed friend of one!) will know how valuable getting in 10,000 steps a day can be. Beyond that, generally being active at home is a hugely important, yet often neglected, aspect of fitness.
In their book ‘Switch – How to Change When Change is Hard’, authors Chip and Dan Heath cite a study of hotel maids and their exercise habits. The maids were mostly unaware of the calories being burned during their various activities (e.g. 40 calories for changing linens for 15 minutes and 100 calories for 30 minutes of vacuuming).
Four weeks after half of the maids were told the good news (the other half were left thinking their activities were not really exercise) the researchers found something incredible. The maids who had been told they were exercising had lost 1.8lbs (almost 05lbs p/week) more than the uninformed group. The Heath’s put this down to the sense of progress maids felt when acknowledging the value of their activities.
So, from now on, remember those boring house-hold chores count as exercise!
There is more to life than fitness. Carving out 60 minutes for a dedicated session out of the home may not always be possible. At the least, trying a one-off quick home workout is a back-up worth trying once. At best, it could mean you’ve uttered the “I’m too busy to workout” excuse for the last time. Give it a try!
If you could do with some support, whether searching for the latest influencers on SocialiveTV and other online platforms or some more personal home workouts, we can try and help. Get in touch with the author Chris Pinner using the contact details below for more information.