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Home Workouts

You don’t have to get a gym membership or join a workout studio to stay active. In fact, home workouts have become a popular way for everyone from stay-at-home parents to people who work from home to meet their fitness goals. They're especially beneficial for those with time or budget constraints.

Plus, at-home workouts are simple, fun, and effective. You can incorporate elements of gym and studio workouts—such as yoga, pilates, cycling, strength training, and more—into your home workout or create a routine that is unique to you and your goals. Check out our motivation tips and full-body workouts to help you get started on your home workout regimen.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you get motivated to do a workout at home?

    Motivation is one of the biggest challenges that people who work out at home face. Without the accountability of a gym buddy or a class to look forward to, you may find yourself struggling to stay motivated. To improve motivation and reach your goals, try logging your workouts in a fitness journal, using an activity tracker like a smartwatch, and be sure to find workouts you enjoy. However, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you’re struggling with motivation, it may be time to reassess your goals and your routine.

  • How do you create a workout plan for beginners?

    Working with a personal trainer can be incredibly helpful for beginners. But, when you exercise at home, that may not be an option. Other ways for beginners to learn the ropes is turning to online resources like videos and articles. You can also take workout classes from home by streaming them online.

  • What are the benefits of home workouts?

    Working out from home can save you time and money. After all, gym memberships and studio fees can get expensive. And although purchasing your own equipment requires some investment up front, over time, it’s usually more cost-effective. At-home workouts may also save you time because there’s no need to drive to and from the gym, check in at the front desk, or wait on equipment to free up.

  • How do you stay safe working out at home?

    If you’re worried about injuring yourself when working out from home, there are a few precautions you can take. Always wear the proper attire when working out from home and handle equipment, like machines and weights, carefully. Additionally, avoid doing any heavy lifting without someone to spot you nearby. Stretch before and after a workout to reduce the risk of injury.

  • How do you set up a home workout space?

    Working out from home requires ample space, so you’ll need to find a place in your home that is suitable for exercise. This can be inside, such as in your garage, a dedicated home gym, or even your living room. Some people enjoy outdoor workouts.

    If you work out inside, you may want to protect your floors from heavy equipment with floor mats. But if your workout plan doesn’t require heavy machines or weights, you may only need a yoga mat, light dumbbells, and other miscellaneous pieces of equipment that you can store in a closet or basket when not in use.

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