It’s that time of the year again: The weather is cold and gray outside, and the sun goes down so early that it’s night as soon as you leave the office. It’s easy to see how the season can feel a little too depressing to work out outdoors, or even to drive to the gym. Besides, as most people before the rundown to Christmas, you are probably struggling to find time to go to the gym at all. So, you convince yourself that you can stay at home and embrace an appropriate workout plan that can keep you fit until spring. But it’s difficult to approach home fitness in the same way than the gym. If you’re not used to training at home, you can wonder whether it’s possible to turn the little time you’ve got at home into an effective fitness program. Can fitness beginners truly achieve positive results in no more than 30 minutes at home? The answer is yes, and here’s how a fitness amateur can build up a fitter body in a matter of weeks at home.
No time? There’s always time
A lot of newcomers find it difficult to accept that you can follow a perfectly valid and effective fitness program even if you are struggling to find time to plan long training sessions. In fact, when you work out from home, you can keep your training short and sweet, so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on your family life as you do. What matters to make it work is to build the right mindset that enables you to approach spare time, even if it’s only a few minutes, as a training opportunity. Once you’ve realized that you can achieve a lot in a minimum time, then you can get used to finding time slots during your day when you can squeeze a few reps and muscle tearing.
Rev it up to increase the calories burn
Short time means that you need to boost your training intensity to burn the calories. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible; it means that you might want to ditch yoga and other slow burning activities for now. Instead, grab yourself a pack of resistance gear, such as adjustable dumbbells that you can adjust to your strength levels as you train. The stronger you get, the heavier the dumbbells. If you prefer to work without equipment, you can focus on a HIIT workout that can get you to break a sweat rapidly. The principle of HIIT movements is that you need to push your body to the limit for a short period — a few seconds of a minute.
Get fit without injuring yourself
With revved up workouts, it’s important to keep track of your body strength. Intense workouts are not meant to be done every day. In fact, you need to plan for regular rest days if you want to avoid injuries. You should focus on a maximum of three intensive training sessions in a week without putting your health at risk.
As a rule of the thumb, you should be able to see the first results within a couple of weeks with quick bursts of energy at home. It might take 4 to 6 weeks for your friends and relatives to notice, though!