5 Reasons At-Home Workouts are Perfect for Parents
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” – Jane Austen
The secret to never missing a workout is closer than you think. In fact, it could be in your own living room.
Working out at home is a great way to stay fit, and this is especially true for busy parents. Here are five reasons why:
You know it. I know it. As a parent, something is always going to come up. That fitness class you have scheduled every evening at 6:30 may have to go on without you once work and family life disrupt your plans. If you miss one, you run the risk of losing motivation and missing future workouts.
When you work out at home, you can take care of business any time you have 45 minutes to spare. If something happens to interfere with your schedule, simply change your exercise schedule. Work out in the morning one day, the evening the next. No hard deadlines or schedules to meet, means you are more likely to hit your workout every day and keep the momentum going.
I know a lot of parents who won’t even set foot in a gym, just because they don’t want to be on display in front of others. The fear of embarrassment or shame of their current fitness level keeps them from even starting a routine.
You should never be ashamed of who you are, or your current fitness status. While we are all different, everyone had to start somewhere and face some sort of fitness challenges. However, if you are self-conscious about your appearance, but really want to make a change, then working out at home is a great way to exercise daily without worrying about the people around you. This will also allow you to focus on your own improvements, without comparing yourself to others.
A lot of people think you need a gym and fancy equipment to get an effective workout. This just isn’t true. You can get a great full-body workout with minimum equipment or no equipment at all. Bodyweight exercises are always an option, and a great way to get going if you are just starting out. Mix in some fast paced interval work, and you can add a cardio component as well.
If you are looking to add more flexibility and resistance to your training, I would recommend some minimal equipment (dumbbells, bench/stability ball and a pull up bar). That’s pretty much all you need to get a great workout in your own home.
Driving to the gym… takes time. Getting dressed in the locker room… takes time. Talking to people, waiting on equipment and driving back home… all takes time. There are a lot of time consuming activities that surround going to a gym or fitness class every day.
As a busy parent, you only have so much time to give. Working out at home eliminates the majority of these variables, and makes your workout more efficient. The workout that once took two hours of your day to squeeze in, now only takes 45 minutes. That is music to a busy parent’s ears.
Perhaps most importantly, working out at home allows your children and family to become aware of your fitness goals, learn about fitness and even participate along with you. When you work out at a gym or away from your children, they have no idea what you are up to. Out of sight, out of mind.
However, when they see you actively living a fit lifestyle and can ask you questions, they learn about the importance of fitness. This helps them develop healthy habits that will improve their quality of life as they get older. I write about this topic often, because I feel it is one of the most important lessons you can teach your children.
If you find that you are missing workouts or spending too much time going back and forth to the gym, consider the five points above and change the way you stay fit.
Like Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”… for fitness.
The Fit Parent Project
Life Changing Fitness for Parents