Give “home gym” a new meaning.
Check the pantry. Your home is already packed with things that can help you work out. A 1-gallon jug filled with water serves as an 8.5-pound weight. Need something a little lighter? Try canned vegetables.
Use an app assist. Turn your smartphone into a fitness coach. There are thousands of apps (both free and for a charge) that offer exercise instruction, tips and encouragement for staying healthy. Some even include virtual classes where the instructor interacts with you in real time. Also, take advantage of videos on YouTube and some streaming services that offer yoga classes, strength training and more.
Get equipped. If you want to get serious with your gear, there’s plenty of equipment available—both high- and low-tech. Connected exercise equipment—like some stationary bike or rowing machine brands—can give you access to live classes that share your progress with your instructor. And, of course, classic stationary bikes, rowing machines and treadmills still pack the same fitness punch, even without the online connection.
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Make it about more than exercise
Getting healthy is a lifestyle.
Eat healthy. Eating right is another essential part of staying healthy. Tracking calories is a great place to start, whether you want to bulk up or lose weight. Also, make sure you’re getting the right kinds of calories: Good calories come from lean proteins and unrefined carbohydrate sources such as vegetables, beans and fruit. Foods with high sugar or fat content contain calories that offer little nutritional value.
Get adequate sleep. Getting enough sleep is a lot easier than lifting weights, but rest can be tough to prioritize. In addition to simply feeling better, you will have the energy to stay on top of an exercise plan if you get enough sleep—and it will even strengthen your immune system.