When I first started strength training, I found that my dad never did anything to help me with my strength training when I was younger. He used to throw me a pair of dumbbells when I was young, and never pushed me to work out at the gym. He never explained why strength training at home wasn’t an option for him. But I’ve been doing it ever since, and here’s why:
It’s not an option. If you don’t work out at the gym, you will get weaker physically from time to time. The only way you’ll prevent this from happening is by maintaining a regular routine at the gym. Strength training at home is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, because it keeps you fit and helps you lose body fat. If you don’t do something to replace the muscle you lose over the years, you will increase your percentage of body fat.
It’s fun. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy doing strength training at home. There’s something special about lifting dumbbells and swinging them around on the end of a barbell that makes me feel good. And now I’m able to do the same exercises from my laptop computer! I often exercise alone so the dumbbells aren’t as much of a challenge, and they aren’t as far away from my body as they would be if I had a spotter.
It builds muscles. Most people who do strength training at home tend to have bigger arms, legs, shoulders, and other core areas of their body that can benefit from exercise. Not only that, but exercising at home lets you do more repetitions and sets (with weights) than you could in a gym where you’re surrounded by other people. For example, I can do five repetitions of a pushup from my laptop, versus twenty-five in a gym. Working out at home also means I don’t have to wait for the weather outside to do my workout–I can do my exercises any time of the day or night.
It helps you lose weight. The big reason most people don’t workout is that they don’t have a good fitness routine. They go to the gym once per week or twice per month, but they seldom mix it up. With strength training at home, you can change up exercises often, which keeps your body guessing and keeps the weights coming with intensity. If you mix up your workouts you will burn more calories and build more muscle.
It builds strength. One of the benefits of strength training at home is increased muscle tone, which helps you look and feel younger. And because the resistance exercises are performed at different intensities, you work multiple muscle groups at once, giving you a balanced workout. Plus, by working multiple muscle groups you are working your cardiovascular system all at once, which will help you shed pounds while improving your stamina.
It improves your fitness routine. Most people who have a gym membership, or a personal trainer, won’t adjust their exercise routines much, if at all. But when you perform strength training at home, you can easily vary your exercises, making your workout more interesting and varied. I can do five sets of pushups, then switch to pullups, and then up again. I can even do ten sets of squats, then take a few minutes to rest and then do some pullups or shoulder presses. This type of variety keeps your fitness routine interesting and in balance.
It burns calories. Because pushups, situps, and Squats require body weight resistance, you can see immediate weight loss from your workouts. And since strength training exercises use so many muscles at once, you end up burning more calories than you would with cardio exercises alone, and you will keep that excess energy for things like eating dessert, coffee, and more.