Salvere Blog: 9 Tips for Navigating Home Workout Options

by Salvere Health and Fitness
workout-stuffOver the next many weeks, we find ourselves home and wanting to do something to move our bodies. With so much time inside and so many options, new and old, going around on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Peloton and being sent to your inbox, how do you make sure you stay safe and injury free? How do you know if it’s the right one for you? Here’s some thoughts to get you started.
1.      Picking right one: Ask yourself a few questions. What does your body feel like it needs? Do you feel like you know how to do most of the exercises? Does it require extensive equipment?
2.      Start at the appropriate level: What exercise/movement experience do you have up until now? Do you need to be careful of any injuries or aches/pains? If you want to try something new, start at the beginner level.
3.      Be aware of marketing and specifics: If its an app, does it provide variety? Do they come with hidden costs? If it’s too good to be true…
4.      Cost vs Value: cost is the absolute price and value extends into the details of what you get for that $ amount. How much will you really use it? How much do you need specific instruction and details?
5.      Available time: Do you spend most of your days working from home? Do you feel busier than you did before due to work load, kids, family, etc? Do you feel less busy? Find something that fits your time frame – Shorter workouts vs longer ones
6.      Know your why for wanting to add movement: What makes you want to seek out exercise options? Do you need more strength work? Some range of motion/stretching? Once you answer these questions you know more about what to look to add.
7.      Cues in virtual workouts: Pay attention to the visual and verbal cues. Really listen to what the instructor talks you through and be present in your body.
8.      Body positioning: Be aware of your body position in each movement. If its something new or its been a while, be kind to yourself. Take time to learn and explore shifting and moving your body in different ways. If something hurts, stop. No pain, no gain is not a thing!
9.      Go at your pace: Even if the instructor says do a certain number or a certain speed, they don’t know your body. Take time to go at your pace and to challenge yourself when appropriate. Remember challenging yourself can mean a multitude of things way beyond intensity and a specific number.
Remember, this time comes with a layer of stress for all of us. If something feels uncomfortable, stop and take a rest. Take time to build a foundation and slow down. High intensity workouts add stress to your internal body so pay particular care to this component.
Be kind to yourself, listen to your body and follow your instinct. You matter and take time to give yourself love, support and kindness.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

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