Fit Tip Friday: Working Out at Home

When I first started working out, I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing. The weight machines at the gym looked like torture devices and the buttons on the treadmill made me feel like I was operating a complex computer. My first few trips to the gym consisted of me trying to stealthily watch what others were doing do I wouldn’t look like an idiot when it was my turn.

Now, I’m not saying that the gym is a crummy place to work out. With all the exercise equipment available, it’s actually a great! But, as a beginner, the gym can be an intimidating and costly. The solution? Make your home your gym!

If you don’t have access to fitness equipment at home, be resourceful and turn common household goods into equipment! Canned goods or sand filled water bottles can act as weights and paper plates or paper towels can act as Valslides. Now is the time to get creative.

As for the workouts, thanks to YouTube, there are a ton of great FREE fitness videos out there. A couple of my favorites are Blogilates and ToneItUp.

Do you have any awesome at home workout tips? We’d love to hear them!

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Fit Tip Friday: Hydrate Your Workouts

Our bodies can lose a lot of water during a workout through breathing and sweating. Most people know that water is key to a good workout, but how much should you actually be drinking?

It’s important for you body to be hydrated even before you begin your workout. It’s recommended you drink about 1 cup of water 1 – 2 hours prior to when you plan to start your workout. Drink another cup about 15 minutes before you start, and make sure you’re drinking another cup every 15 minutes during your workout. These amounts are approximates and can vary depending on the intensity level of your workout. For example, you would probably need to re-hydrate more often if you are running outside on a hot summer day than if you were doing yoga in an indoor gym.

Drinking enough water during your workout will help ensure that you get the most out of your workout and will also prevent you from getting dehydrated. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you’re able to work out longer and more effectively than before!

Have a happy hydrated workout!

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