I’m a personal trainer and weight loss coach. And in all my time working with people towards their health and weight loss goals I see a ton of common mistakes when it comes to a good home workout.
A lot of mistakes, actually.
In no particular order, here are the top 3 home workout mistakes that I see most frequently in my clients:
1. Not using the equipment that you already have.
It’s the classic “use your treadmill as a clothes line and dust collector” phenomenon. If you are looking to start ramping up your home workouts then using equipment, especially your dusty ‘ol cardio equipment, is a great way to get started. Hop on your treadmill or stationary bike for 10 or 15 minutes per day to get yourself back in the swing of things. Gradually increase your time every few days.
One of my favorite ways to use cardio equipment in your home workout is to park it right in front of your TV when your favorite program is on. Hey, if you’re going to sit and watch TV, you may as well be sitting on a stationary bike.
2. Thinking you have to buy expensive and super intense follow along workout DVDs from TV infomercials.
If you don’t have a treadmill or stationary bike, that’s perfectly fine. You definitely don’t need to go out an invest in one. In fact, you can get better workouts from some of the strength training and cardio interval home workouts I design.
Additionally, those really popular home workouts you buy on DVD from TV infomercials are ok, but in my experience they are so super intense that you have to already be in shape to even complete a DVD. And those programs are often 7 day per week home workout programs. I just think they are over kill for the average person sitting at home right now wanting to lose weight.
3. Using lack of time as an excuse not to workout.
You do not need to workout for an hour to meet your weight loss goals. You don’t need to workout for 45 minutes. And often times you don’t even need 30 minutes. All of those times are good and have their place in your workout routines but when you are pressed for time, trust me, you still have time to do a home workout.
The fact is, you can ramp up your fat burning furnace just from doing some higher intensity exercise (strength training and/or cardio intervals) for just a few minutes. Have an extra 15 minutes? Do a home workout. Have an extra 10 minutes? Do a home workout. Have an extra 4 minutes? Yup, do a home workout. Even 4 minutes can get your metabolism fired up enough to torch calories. So when you add that to all the other positive things you are doing for yourself all day long (portion control, walking the dog, racing through the grocery store) it will definitely be a boost.
The Perfect Home Workout For You
Everybody’s body responds a little differently to different exercise. So, you have to find one that works best for you and that may involve a little trial and error.
If you would like a few free home workouts to try take a look at a few of these fitness challenges I’ve been sending out this holiday season:
And if you would like a complete done for you home workout program, you should check out Ultimate Home Workouts. It’s 12 weeks of home workouts using strength training and high intensity interval training right in the comfort of your own home. It also comes with a nutrition guide, xpress workouts for when you’re stuck for time, and a success journal where you can track your workouts and food consumption.
You even get a coaching call with me if you decide to grab a copy.
Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS