Home exercise is full of opportunity, especially during this bizarre time. Home is the one place that reflects one’s personality and interests with respect to decor, music and lighting.
This week, I will share some tips for creating the ideal home exercise environment without blowing the budget. And I will introduce one of my favorite home exercises featuring the medicine ball.
As someone who travels regularly for work (and play), the phrase “home is where the heart is” hits me every time I pull into the driveway. I instantly feel relaxed and happy to spend time with my family in a space we created. I experience feelings of peace and love at home.
But for me, home is also associated with work. My home office is where I spend weekdays (when I’m not traveling), so I have transformed that space into an environment that is conducive to work. At this moment, I am surrounded by textbooks, biographies, family artifacts and photos of my beloved Kansas City sports teams. I also have a little TV to broadcast golf tournaments that offer a soothing background soundtrack during the workday.
I share the detail of my home office environment to demonstrate how we, as humans, make ourselves comfortable in our homes for a specific purpose. Everyone does this on some level, and it is easy to channel that impulse into our efforts to promote our own physical activity.
The most effective home exercise spaces are personal. They reflect individual interests, budget and preferred activities. People who like to be outside might build out a little corner of their garage with a bike and some dumbbells. Yoga enthusiasts only need a mat and a quiet, relaxing space to roll it out. The key is to personalize the space with equipment and decor that you will appreciate.
During nice weather, the back patio can also be a great place to enjoy exercise and sunshine. I like to create a little circuit of exercises with a jump rope, exercise mat (for abdominal work) and a medicine ball. Basically, I can put a little mobile gym almost anywhere with these three pieces of inexpensive equipment.
This week’s exercise is one that I often add to home workouts, as it only requires a medicine ball and a few feet of clear floor space. …….