Don't forget that you will be saving a fortune on gym fees. If you aren't very creative with workout routines then you can use DVD workouts as a supplement to help you get started. Whether you are looking for a super cardio sweat like from kickboxing or a relaxing and strengthening workout like Yoga, then workout DVDs will help you to stay in shape.
Equipment For Your Home Gym
To have a home gym, you do not have to buy the latest workout machines that Chuck Norris is promoting. Actually, you need very little to start an effective at-home gym. First you will need some space. You do not need to build an addition to your home (and most people don't have the time, money, or space to do so anyway), but maybe you might have to move some furniture around.
This transition can help you to warm up before you begin to workout. You will need the appropriate athletic gear like sneakers and a comfortable outfit. The most important part of your gym is a small collection of general fitness instructional DVD's such as Kickboxing, Zumba dancing, Yoga, or Pilates.
Additional home gym equipment that is often useful includes skipping ropes, light sets of dumbbells, and a yoga mat. Yoga mats are particularly helpful if you are planning on doing yoga and Pilates because you will want to do the poses on a cushioned area. Skipping ropes are a great warm up and cardio workout by itself. Dumbbells will help to increase your strength and sculpt your body during your workouts.
Burning Calories on Your Own
Working out at home can be difficult at times but once you set up a daily workout regimen you will find that working out at home is much easier than going to the gym. Plus, you will be able to choose what types of workouts you want to do, when you want to do them. You do not have to go to the gym to burn off calories. Remember, it takes more than just walking into a gym to actually work on your fitness. Just by doing jumping jacks you can burn anywhere from 450 to 650 calories per hour. Aerobics DVDs will help you to trim down while also giving you a dynamic workout which can burn anywhere from 300 to 700 calories per hour.
It is easy to stay in shape just by exercising at home. You do not have to pay for costly gym memberships or worry about not being at your best fitness level. You can work out in the privacy of your own home and burn as many calories as you want.