Being healthy, staying fit, and living well are three aspects of life that, safe to say, all humans generally want for themselves and their children. However, attaining these goals and simply desiring these goals are two different topics. Most people believe a few things about fitness, such as: I can’t do it alone, I’ll never get in shape, or I need a gym membership. I will get to most of these myths in later blogs throughout the summer, but today I’m going to talk about working out at home and share a few tips on how to get in shape and get healthy while doing so within the comforts of your own home.
I love fitness. It’s not only a part of my career, it’s my passion. I can also boldly declare that I currently do not own a gym membership. And, to be completely honest, I haven’t had a gym membership for over ten years. "Why?" you may ask. Well, it hasn’t been because of laziness or even lack in budget. I have found that working out at home can be more than proficient when it comes to improving as well as maintaining your health and fitness.
My favorite part of working out at home is being able to get it done first thing in the morning without having to leave the drive way. Fasted cardio in the morning, cardio done when your body is not processing food and insulin levels are low, has its benefits. But for me one of the best parts is that during early morning exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Think cheap therapy and a free momentary antidepressant. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Studies have shown health benefits of exercising early in the morning having substantial increases in energy through out the day. I’ve seen results that I stand by and I will definitely continue working out first thing in the morning; below is one of my favorite morning routines.
[7-10 Minutes long]
•10 push ups
•20 lunges (10 each side)
•25 Sit Ups
•30 Bicycle Crunches
•35 jumping jacks
•40 mountain climbers (20 each side)
*After you finish cool down and stretch get a post workout meal aka breakfast and have the best day ever.