5 ways to prep for the perfect home workout
| FLOW Athlete
Working out at home has many benefits. It’s cheap, simple, and you don’t need to leave the comfort of your private space. But to get the most out of your home fitness sesh, you’ll need the right set-up and gear.
In this article, we’ll walk you through some essential pieces you’ll need to get a seriously heart-pumping workout at home.
1. Get your head in the game
Before you start your home workout, make sure you’re in the right headspace. For many Aussies, stepping into the gym is all it takes to knuckle down and get motivated—but when you’re in your own space, staying fitness-focused is a little harder.
The best way to get that gym mindset at home is to set up your space. Choose a dedicated area for your workout—whether it’s under the back patio or a special space in your living room—and set up your equipment like you would at the gym.
2. Wear the right gear
This point goes hand-in-hand with setting up your workout space. When you’re wearing proper gear, you’ll automatically enter a motivated, determined headspace, ready to give it all to your workout.
Make sure to choose workout clothing that fits snug to your body, but isn’t too tight or constricting, allowing for freedom of movement. Choose gym shorts or training shorts made from a light, breathable fabric—it’s all about comfort.
3. Follow a consistent schedule
If you’re used to hitting the gym every morning, follow the same schedule at home—it’s the best way to stay dedicated to your workouts. If you miss a day or two, don’t fret, you can easily jump back on board.
If you’re just kicking off your fitness journey, decide how many days per week you’d like to work out, and set a regular time. Make sure your schedule is easy to follow. For example, if you need to leave for work at 8:30 AM, don’t schedule your workout for 8 o’clock—you might stress about making it to work on time. Instead, try working out at 6 AM or later in the day, after work, when you’ve had some time to relax. Start exercising for two or three days a week—once you can stick to that schedule, you can add extra days.
Just remember—working out seven days a week isn't always the best choice. When you give your body time to rest, your muscles will repair any damage and grow.
4. Fuel your body and mind
We talked about getting into the right headspace. Another way to do this is to fuel your body and mind adequately.
It’s never a great idea to begin a workout on an empty stomach. Before you start stretching and warming up, make sure to hydrate with water or a pre-workout mix. It’s best not to eat too much, but a quick snack like a protein bar or a small bag of nuts should get you workout-ready.
5. Warm-up effectively
You might not be lifting heavy at home, but it’s still crucial to stretch and warm-up effectively to avoid muscle soreness the next day. A quick run on your home treadmill can get your blood flowing. You can also try dynamic stretching to seriously kick your body into gear.
Now you know everything there is to know about home workouts—it’s time to get up and get started. Remember to create a dedicated workout space and dress in the right gear. You’ll become a home fitness fanatic in no time!
And of course, if you need any tips or advice about amping up your home workout, get in touch with the team at Flow. Our experts have exclusive insider knowledge about fitness gear and breathable fabrics.