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Getting in shape doesn’t mean you have to pay for a gym membership, or even expensive home equipment. Getting in shape requires the right mindset and simple tools to help challenge you.
As Theodore Roosevelt put it: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Here are 6 home fitness tips to get in shape, and can easily be done with items you’ve likely already got.
1. BODY AS WEIGHTS
You weigh something, and you can use that weight to get in shape. From simple stretches to inverted push-ups, you can try a variety of exercise difficulty levels. Here are some of the most common and easiest exercises to keep a solid muscle foundation: push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, dips, and bridges.
2. CARDIO FOREVER
Having a fit looking body is one thing, being fit is another. If you really want to be a fit individual, you NEED to do cardiovascular exercise. Having good endurance is the trick to an energized life. Running, swimming, cycling, even jumping rope.
3. CONSISTENCY CONSISTENCY CONSISTENCY
Make a habit of working out, even if you've only got time for a small exercise. The more consistent you are, the easier the work out will feel. You’ll likely even notice it becomes a bit of an addiction, like coffee. You won’t be able to complete your day until you’ve completed your routine workout.
4. DUMBBELLS, KETTLEBELLS, RESISTANCE BANDS… OH MY!
Free weights and simple exercise equipment can be purchased or creatively made (paint cans, books, bricks, tires). Regardless of the equipment used, you’ll want to make sure you have several variations of the free weights, several styles of using the resistance band. It depends on your current level of strength, the type of muscle you intend to work out.
“I’d argue that free weights are actually way better for you! When you use these weights, your muscles have to stabilize your movement. That means you get a better workout with basically the same amount of effort!” - Team LSF
5. NUTRITION, HEALTH & HAPPINESS
Energy is required to be fit. You create that energy, and what you feed yourself contributes significantly to the energy you have. Feed yourself well, have good energy. Feed yourself poorly, have bad energy
6. BE ECO-FRIENDLY
Use reusable water bottles. This is more an exercise of the mind. We have one planet, and future generations to come are owed a chance at making this world a better place. Keep the planet safe.
Exercise doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. Stay healthy, stay fit, and do it all with what you’ve already got.