Belinda Lavery – Myotherapist
Home workouts are an essential part of any movement program.
You may have an injury that you are rehabilitating and your practitioner has given you some homework to aid the effectiveness of the treatment by increasing strength and mobility.
You may be looking for a cheaper and time efficient way of exercising. Or maybe you have come to the realisation that movement helps you feel better- so you want to do more of it!
Here are our tips and guide for working out at home:
- Make the time- and stick to it!
The most important key to a home workout is actually doing it. This will be your biggest hurdle and once you overcome it, there will be no stopping you! You’ll need a program that will suit your needs in the minimal time possible. If you can get the same workout in 1 hour or 20 minutes- we would all choose 20 minutes. Once you have a suitable program, allocate a time of day that you know you can make it work. You have the benefit of being in an environment that you are comfortable in, but that doesn’t mean you don’t take it seriously- consistency is the key!
- Find a suitable program
If you are rehabilitating an injury, your practitioner will have set exercises and repetitions to ensure a safe and effective work out.
If you are wanting to progress, ask your practitioner for more challenging exercises.
There are plenty of online apps available to give you guided recordings of the workouts. Many of these offer free trials. You can ask your health practitioner if you have any questions regarding these programs or better yet why not book in with one of our Exercise Physiologists who can write you a specific home program for you to work through that is specifically designed for you and your needs!
- Be prepared
There are items you can purchase for home use to keep your program interesting, to increase intensity or for self massage to relax the muscles before your workout.
Foam roller: a foam roller is a great tool to have at home for posture correction and self massage on your legs.
Spikey ball/lacrosse ball: a great tool for self massage of glutes and shoulders
Hand weights: 1-2kg hand weights to add strength resistance to your work out
Resistance band: Can be used for stretching, mobility or strength
Remember to keep these items in a storage area that you can see- we guarantee compliance will decrease if you have to sort through a cupboard to find your foam roller!
In summary, the key to a successful home program is having a safe and effective program that suits your movement needs. Ensure you are consistent with your program so that you continue to build- just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t work hard! Always consult with your health practitioner before embarking on a home program and don’t hesitate to ask us at your next appointment for some more videos like these to add to your routine to help you MOVE THROUGH LIFE!