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By Adam Glinski, Trainer/Founder RUC Fitness

Pro Tips for Fitness At Home

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ith the wealth of knowledge, do-it-yourself equipment projects, and gym alternatives available today, fitness is becoming more accessible to everyone. In-home workouts are becoming an increasingly viable option for busy professionals or anyone who wants to stay out of a gym. While personal trainers are great for expert advice, accountability, and ensuring a correct form, some people feel more comfortable going it on their own. For the go-getters who want to exercise outside of traditional settings, here are some pro tips for getting fit at home.

Get Outside- As the Heartland’s summer fades into

fall, the weather is becoming much more enjoyable. Get outside for some sunshine and fresh air. Most of us could use the extra Vitamin D and time outside is a great morale booster. Go for a walk, run, play with your kids or grand kids, or simply move your exercise routine outside. According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity or walking each day can lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Bodyweight Exercises- Bodyweight exercises use

your body's own weight for strength training, burning fat, and building muscle. Some of the fittest individuals on the planet have gotten there doing basic bodyweight exercises such as air squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches, and pull-ups. These exercises can also be some of the safest when done with proper form. A simple circuit type workout of these exercises will challenge your major muscle groups, burn calories, and get your heart pumping.

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PVC Pipe- A thick walled piece of one inch PVC pipe makes

a great inexpensive companion for home workouts. Cut to approximately five feet in length, it can be used to assist balance while performing squats and lunges, stretching, or as practice for movements that would normally involve a barbell. If you are looking for a little more of a challenge you can fill the pipe with sand, cap off the ends, and use it as a weight for squats, dead lifts, and overhead presses.

Milk Jugs- Standard gallon or half gallon milk and water jugs are great improvised weights for the at home fitness enthusiast. They can be filled with water or sand to add weight and can easily be adjusted accordingly. They work great for curls, farmer carries, lunges, or anything that could normally be done with dumbbells. Wrap the handles with athletic tape or duct tape for increased comfort. There is no better way to take care of you and feel better about yourself than exercise. Bodyweight exercises, some basic equipment, and a little fresh air are great starts to any fitness program. Now is a great time to get started and have fun with it. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting exercise or any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. ¢

Heartland Living Oct-Nov Issue 2015  
Heartland Living Oct-Nov Issue 2015  

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