Getting in shape is primarily a combination of two factors: a good diet and regular exercise. We all know that Herbalife products are a great way to help you meet your goal, but your regime will be much more effective if you keep yourself healthy with vigorous exercise on the regular.
But what’s that? Don’t want to go to the gym, where prying eyes are everywhere, judging your copious rolls of fat? No problem, just invest the thousands of dollars into fitness equipment and make your own personal gym in the comfort of your own ho- no? Your money’s all tied up in real estate and venture capital? No problem, Daddy or Mommy Warbucks! You can get a decent workout with little to no extra items needed.
Never think that just because you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym that you can take your physical fitness for granted. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can get exercise at home.
If you don’t have equipment, your body is the best way for you to do some strength training. The workouts that were taught to you in gym class still apply to your adult life-jumping jacks, crunches, pushups, pullups, squats, and lunges. Don’t worry about losing weight and the bodyweight you can work with-you can always up the difficulty by, say, upgrading your pushups to the more punishing diamond kind, or the one-armed kind, or increasing the incline, or a combination of previous methods.
This doesn’t apply to just the pushup- you can do bicycle crunches when the regular crunch doesn’t cut it, jump squats if squats become too easy, and jump lunges when you can do a lunge in your sleep. Websites such as Women’s Health have plenty of resources for devising and implementing a bodyweight workout plan.
Wii Fit Plus and Wii Fit U
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it- Nintendo’s fitness software has sold over 23 million copies worldwide, and for good reason-it works. Coupled with an iron fortitude and the included Balance Board, Wii Fit and its expansions bring you an interactive personal trainer, gamifying those home workout tapes in a way that has never been more effective. It doesn’t hurt that the Balance Board, which can judge your center of gravity and weight, is far more accurate than a common household scale.
Try each exercise out, see which is best for you, and develop your own regular exercise routine. Alternately, you can use one of the included regimens, focusing on strength, aerobics, or other points for improvement. And let’s face it, you or one of your family members probably has a Wii and a Balance Board gathering dust somewhere, but if not, the barrier for entry will be less than 200 dollars, if you know where to look.
Plus, if you’ve jumped onto that next-generational hype train, Wii Fit U has been even more improved, allowing you to transfer your data from Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus and continue your exercises in glorious HD. Exercises have been fine-tuned, making this software more effective than before.
Attaining the state of mind that comes with yoga is pretty hard after you’ve driven to the studio, found a place to lay your mat, and are looking at the sweaty behind of the person in front of you. That’s why we recommend doing yoga at home, by yourself, in the stillness and quiet of your own personal space.
Take a few classes, watch some videos online to get yourself familiar with the poses, memorize them, and spend every morning (or evening) saluting the sun. Yoga is a great way to relax, calm your mind, and perhaps cool down from a more intensive workout. All you need is a mat and a can-do attitude.
By the way, we don’t have a deal to promote Nintendo or anything, but there are yoga and Pilates exercises included in Wii Fit as well.
Walking, Running, Biking
This last item isn’t strictly limited to your home (although treadmills and stationary bikes are relatively cheap), but are some of the most effective ways to get a good cardiovascular workout. If you live in a decent neighborhood with good roads, some sloping hills, with relatively little traffic, you can plan your route.
Walk, run, and cycle along it first thing in the morning, or at night, and burn those calories. Brisk walking at around three miles per hour burns 360 calories, running six miles per hour burns around 828 calories, and cycling twelve miles per hour burns around 639 calories.
Never think that just because you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym that you can take your physical fitness for granted. These are just some examples of ways to get fit at home. Coupled with the healthiest offerings from Herbalife, you’ll be on your way to a new you in no time.