Q: What is “busy body home fitness” all about?
A: It is about maximizing your time and getting the best results for your health and fitness in relation your work and family commitments. We are all striving for a comfortable balance between our work life, our family life and commitments and just having some time for ourselves.
After we have fulfilled all our work and family commitments, we still have to divide our “me time” between friends, social engagements, any personal projects that we are working on and our fitness and training regime. At busy body home fitness we will look at various avenues for achieving our fitness goals and fulfilling all our life obligations in a busy world.
Training At Home In a Time Poor World
In our youth, we had all the time in the world to train, exercise and participate in our chosen sport/sports without to many commitments. We should all be grateful to our mums and dads, aunties and uncles and the older brothers and sisters that gave up their time to take us to training, to the games and to any other activities that our chosen sports required us to attend.
Fast forward to today, you are now a parent; you have a husband or wife, and a career that requires you to put in long hours. Who can relate to this scenario? In today’s fast paced world, it doesn’t matter whether you are very successful, have a great job and family life or just battling away; most of us are still time poor.
This means we have an uneven balance between the things we have to do – “our commitments” and the things we want to do – I’ll call them “our me time”. In our me time I’m going to focus on the training, health and fitness aspects of our lives. I’ll offer you some advice and strategies to maximize your time and attain the best possible result from your training.
Goal Setting – What Do You Want To Achieve
Let’s have a good look at goal setting. We’ll discuss short and long term goal setting and setting realistic goals for our training and fitness. Let’s start with where you are at today and where so do want to be, i.e. what do you want to achieve from your training. It doesn’t matter if you are an experience trainer or someone who is just starting out on your fitness journey, it is important to set some goals.
We all train for various reasons and there are no right or wrong reasons. It is simply that we are all at different stages of our lives and require the outcomes that best fit our individual needs. As we move through life our commitments, health and any number of external factors are constantly changing and so are our physical abilities.
What is the difference between long term and short term goals and how do we use one to help us achieve the other. We’ll start with long term goals; this could be something that you want to achieve in 6 months, 12 months, 18 months or more. While these goals are realistic and achievable they are a long way off. If you only focus on your long term goal it is very easy to get discouraged because no matter how much hard work you do, they just always seem to be a long way out of reach.
Now if you start setting yourselves achievable short term goals and focus on them instead of just focusing on the long term goal, you will start seeing some results. Start by setting an achievable short term goal anywhere from 4-8 weeks and working towards that goal.
Then every time that you reach your short term goal you will feel a sense of achievement and this will keep you motivated. You don’t have to lose sight of your long term goal, just use your short term goals as stepping stones to keep motivated and moving towards your ultimate goal.
Choosing The Best Home Gym Equipment Related To Your Goals
Firstly, every sport has a specific set of skills and requirements that you have to master in order to perform at your peak. Now I’m not advocating that you should only train at home and never go to the gym, the concept of busy body home fitness is to maximize your time and get the best result from incorporating training at home into your overall fitness regime.
There is such a wide variety of home gym equipment and accessories available today; there is something out there for every need. When you are choosing what pieces of equipment and accessories you should buy, let’s look at some factors that will help you decide.
Number 1: What do you want to achieve; i.e. size, strength, endurance, weight loss, general health and fitness, flexibility, maintenance of current fitness level or rehabilitation after an injury?
Number 2: What are the skills of your chosen sport or activity that you want to work on, what equipment will help you enhance your required skill set?
• Your own fitness level, i.e. are you an experienced trainer, intermediate level or a beginner. You can always add more equipment as you progress
• The size of your home in relation to where you are going to put your equipment
• The climate of the area in which you live
I won’t go into detail on every aspect of choosing the right home fitness equipment as some are self-explanatory, but we’ll look at a few to give you some ideas and perspective. The most important thing in choosing the right home fitness equipment is; what exercises do you need to do to achieve your goals?
1: If you’re looking to gain size and strength, you might look at a bench press, some barbells, dumbbells and free weights. There are a wide variety of multi-station machines on the market that allow you to work on a number of different body parts all on 1 machine.
2: The size of your home is a very important factor. If you’re lucky enough to have a large home with a spare room or a garage then you can build a very effective home gym with a multi-station machine, a bench press, barbells, dumbbells, free weights and some cardio equipment, i.e. an exercise bike or elliptic machine.
If you live in a smaller house or an apartment, there are a variety of good pieces of equipment that utilize cables and fold away under a bed or in a closet. Combine these with a few dumbbells and you can have a very effective workout at home with too much clutter or mess.
3: The climate where you live. For an example, if you are a runner and you live in a cold wet climate you might look at a good indoor running machine for the days when it is raining or snowing and you can’t run outside.
The amount of equipment and the reasons for using them are endless, it all comes down to what your own personal goals and requirements are, how much you want to spend and where are you going to set up your equipment.
Varying Your Training Routines For Continuous Improvement
There is a great amount of literature available on just about every sport and training techniques and an endless number of personal trainers who can design training programs and teach you how to implement them. I’m just going to touch a little on the benefits of varying your training and workouts in relation to choosing the best home fitness equipment to suite your needs.
There are a number of reasons why we vary our workouts and don’t just do the same exercises every day and I’ll touch on a few of them.
• If you just do the same exercises every day your muscles get used to them and while you will still get benefit, your progress will slow down
• Monotony, everyone gets bored just doing the same thing over and over. By varying your workouts you will achieve better results and stay motivated
• Muscles get used to doing the same exercise all the time so by varying you routines you are constantly working different muscle groups therefore maximizing your results
• When choosing your home fitness equipment make sure you focus on buying the equipment that best suits your training needs and offers you some variety as well.
The Pros And Cons Of The Home Gym
I’ll start with the cons because there are only 2 real cons to only training at home
1: Due to the size of the average home compared to a large gym, it is impossible to have the same amount and the variety of equipment at home as a large gym will have
2: The social aspect, the interaction with friends and fellow gym members. Regularly sharing of ideas and knowledge leads continuous improvement in all aspects of your training
The pros of training at home are many in our time poor society
1: No travel time, including traffic, parking or public transport
2: Train in the comfort of your own home
3: More time with your family and the ability to share your workout time with them
4: No crowds means no waiting for machines or equipment which equates to more time efficient
5: Great for stay at home mothers and parents with small children. You can have a decent workout while the babies are asleep without having to leave your home, drag the kids around with you or pay a babysitter
6: Great for people who are rehabilitating after an injury. At the time of writing this post, I’m at home recovering from shoulder surgery. By utilizing my home gym equipment I’m able to supplement my physio exercises and still work on the uninjured side of my body, which helps in the transfer of sympathetic energy to the recovering shoulder and arm.
Throughout my training career I’ve found that the most efficient way to utilize my time and get maximum benefits from my training is a combination of training at the gym and training at home. To supplement both I also run on the sand and swim in the ocean. There are an endless variety of ways to achieve your fitness goals; you just need to decide which combination will best suite your goals.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH