For many people, one of the biggest keys to exercising daily is having their exercise equipment readily available to them. For this reason, it can be very helpful to have your fitness equipment at home. After all, during the excessively hot or cold weather, isn’t it a comfort to know that you don’t have to venture outside for a run or a bike ride or a brisk fitness walk if you have a treadmill or an elliptical machine right at your house?
This is not to say that you always want to be working out inside. It’s a great idea to get outside in the fresh air for your exercise whenever possible. But if you live in certain climates that are either too cold or too hot for several months during the year, having your home gym set up exactly the way you like it can be a great way to stay on target with your fitness plans.
In order to get into the routine of exercising daily, it helps to mix things up a bit. For instance, if you have a treadmill and a resistance training machine of some kind, you may want to alternate between doing your cardio workouts on the treadmill on certain days and doing your resistance training on alternating days.
Of course you don’t always have to get your cardio exercise on a treadmill or elliptical machine during the bad weather months. Admittedly, that can get a bit dull after a while. In fact, if you feel your motivation waning at any point because you feel as though you have gotten yourself stuck in an “exercise rut,” it is sometimes possible to recapture your motivation for exercising daily by throwing some fitness DVDs into the mix on days when you just don’t feel like getting back on the old treadmill.
In addition to diversifying your exercise routine in order to keep it interesting and to benefit from both sorts of exercise (cardio and resistance training, also known as strength training), another way to get into the daily exercising habit is to remind yourself of exactly how great you feel after a really good workout. Indeed, the endorphin rush that people talk about experiencing during and after vigorous exercise can be a powerful motivating force in its own right. When endorphins (also commonly known as the “feel good” hormones) are released throughout your entire body, you feel pumped up and rejuvenated in a wonderfully healthy and all natural way. Therefore, if you want to experience that fantastic “natural high” on a daily basis, you will want to exercise each day in your home gym (or outdoors, weather permitting, or wherever else you happen to like).
For more information on working out on a daily basis in the comfort of your own home, check out this Home Gym Guide.