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Friday, January 12, 2018

Home Workout Needs: Sports Gear & Will Power

One of the most common New Year's resolutions that are made every year is the promise to yourself to get fit. Or to exercise more. Or to finally beat your record on the sit up bench. However it is phrased, the resolution remains the same. And where those promises are probable always made with all the right intentions, the issue arises when it comes time to act on and keep that promise. 

Halloween pretty much kicks off the bad eating habits with the plethora of candies lying around the place, but it’s somewhere around Thanksgiving, where it becomes acceptable for everyone to start eating a little naughtier. And that's fine - because in a few weeks it'll be a new year and a new you! In your brand new home gym burning it all off, right? And that might be true for a month or two. But around 12% of gym members sign up in January, and most of them quit within 24 weeks. Which is why having a home gym is a great idea - as it is right there, no effort needed, plus it’s a physical reminder of the money you have spent to prepare for your fitness resolution. 

For most people, when they make a plan to get fit, with all those good New Year intentions, they never plan on quitting. And if you're one of those people - how are you planning on sticking it out when so many around you (even your gym buddy) are dropping out? It doesn't matter if you have just taken a break from the gym for the holidays, are just coming back to it after a slump or an injury, or if you are completely new to the world of fitness, getting into a proper routine can be daunting. It’s not just about working out for a decent chunk of time four or five times a week - you will need to look at completely revamping your diet, and the same goes for your mentality towards fitness. You will also need to restructure your life to be able to fit in your workouts, and to have time for meal prep. 

You might have already started your fitness journey, but after the first few weeks, the excitement starts to wear off. And teamed with the up and coming blue monday, it can be hard to keep it up. So now is the time to have a good look at your mentality and to get into the right frame of mind. Everyone has that little voice in the back of their minds that constantly tells you that you can’t. But you need to kick that guy out of your head and replace it with a more inspirational one - like The Rock. 

Help your mental preparation by preparing the space you’re going to use for your home workouts. Look at what equipment you need, and have space for. have some examples of equipment you might need, and that are versatile enough that you don’t need fifty different types of machinery. There are so many workouts that you can do to maintain your goals without needing all of the specialist equipment that you see in the gym. In fact, you can easily use your own body weight to achieve the gains you want.