How to create the perfect at home workout

By Darren Becket, Health and Fitness Expert, Personally Tailored Fitness

Several years ago, I decided to ditch my gym membership in pursuit of a better way to use my time and money, all while staying fit and healthy. My alternative was to create a home workout that mimicked the results I got in the gym and was also tailored to my busy schedule and budget. The truth is I found working out at home boosted my fitness because it made exercise an integrated part of my life, rather than a separate activity that I only did at the gym. When my energy flagged, I already had a ready routine that I could jump into for even 10 minutes to rev my body and mind.

Here are a few fun workout tips to make exercise part of your everyday life:

Five to 10 minutes of out-loud breathing upon waking can make a massive impact on your mental productivity and digestion. Find a quiet space to sit or lie down—in a tranquil spot at home or in nature. Take easy, smooth, deep breaths —in through the nose and out through the mouth. Become present. Notice the sound of your breath. When thoughts arise, let them pass as if they are clouds floating in the sky.

You need to clean your home, so why not turn chores into a workout? It’s a great way to burn calories and make your place spick-and-span. When you vacuum, take out the trash, or even walk your dog, add in exercises that you’re familiar with and turn your chore into a workout circuit. After you vacuum the living room, do 20 squats or complete 3 sets of 10 pushups. Before and after you take out the trash, complete 20 sit-ups or hold a one-minute plank.

Whether you work from home or you simply have bills to catch up on, it’s easy to get stuck sitting in a chair for hours on end. Take a walk, jog around the neighborhood, or consider adding in a few circuit exercises. Whatever combo of exercises you choose, such as: 5 sets of 10 pushups, 10 front lunges, or 20 jumping jacks, can sharpen your focus and boost your body’s ability to burn fat.

Not everyone is a born dancer, but I haven’t met many people who don’t like to let loose and dance when they think no one is watching. Dancing is primal. Dancing simultaneously integrates several body functions: movement, emotion, thinking, sight, touch and hearing. Dancing also doubles the brain’s blood and oxygen levels. Simply put, dancing makes you happy and is one heck of a fun workout. Personally, I put the music up really loud.

Darren Becket is a health and fitness expert who loves helping people step into their potential for greatness. He works closely with clients to create unique programs to meet each individual’s needs. Personally Tailored Fitness includes personal training, massage therapy, stress management and nutritional services.