Keeping healthy and active does not have to mean expensive gym memberships and fancy exercise equipment. for many people the chance to get a good exercise routine into their dad is difficult due to finances and time. If you eliminate those 2 major obstacles you find that the only thing holding you back from a better, fitter you is just yourself.
The city of Calgary has many different gyms around the city for residents of all locations. For many busy, working families there are many things that hinder the ability to attend a gym and take part in organized classes. If you find that spare time and the family budget are contributing factors to you keeping fit and active there are other solutions.
Keeping workouts simple can be the best option for fast results. Stick with the basics and you are sure to feel better and healthier. Exercises that do not require weights and can be done at home at any time are the best for busy families looking to squeeze in a few minutes of activity. Exercises to include in your regular home routine should be:
- jumping jacks
- plank form (or table top form)
- running on the spot
The following exercises can be done with or without weights. You can begin your routine without weights and progress slowly to include weights in your activities as you grow stronger.
- tricep dips
Remember to try always to keep proper form when performing exercises. Never sacrifice repetitions for proper form. Your body will get more out of less exercises with proper form than more repetitions with the incorrect form. If you are unsure about your form, try doing the exercises in front of a mirror to check your form or have a family member watch you for a few repetitions and critique your form.
Once you want to build up to including weights at home, there is no need to run to the local sports supply store and spend hundreds of dollars on equipment. Many household items can be used for weights that will help you intensify your workouts over time. Using plastic milk jugs that have been emptied make great weights. Ranging from 2 litre to 4 litre sizes, you can clean out these plastic jugs and fill them with water or sand at home to add a little or a lot of weight depending on how heavy you wish to go. The great thing about these milk jugs is that they have a built-in handle to minimize dropping them or make them awkward to use during exercises and they are easily adapted to light or heavy weights without a cost to you. Different family members can use the same weighted jug by changing the amount of water or sand included for their specific workout.
If you find you want to include some basic exercise equipment for your home without spending a great deal of money, be sure to check out Kijiji Calgary for any listings of gently used sports equipment ranging from stationary bikes, to treadmills or even entire circuit equipment.
For more fitness ideas and exercise tips, be sure to visit: Family Health & Fitness, Yoga for families, Keeping kids active