One of the most important forms of physical activity you can add to your workout routine is strength training. Strength training challenges your body in a way no other workout does. It also continues to burn calories after you’ve put down the weights from your last set as your body must work to repair the muscle fibers you used. However, heading to the gym can be a challenge these days. Maybe you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, your local gym is closed, or you simply feel more comfortable workout out at home, it is possible to get a great home strength training workout in. All without spending a ton of money on weights. Here’s what you need to know about living a healthy life, no matter where in your addiction recovery process you might be.
Lighter Weights – More Reps
The best way to boost strength and increase the size of your muscles is to rep your lift to failure. This means you can’t possibly lift the weights one more time during the set. With lighter weights, you actually challenge yourself in a different way because your mind will want you to stop lifting before your muscles are done. So you’ll be training your brain as much as your body when using lighter weights at home.
You can invest in interchangeable weights, which is the best way to go. This way you can add weights as you would like. It’s cheaper to do this, and it makes it possible to shop around for weights at garage sales. It’s a good way to cut down on expenses and workout at home.
Maybe you don’t want to spend the money on weights at home. Perhaps you don’t have enough space, or you might even be gearing up for a move and you don’t feel like dealing with a bunch of free weights sitting around. In this case, the way to go is with resistance bands. You might not realize it, but you can get a fantastic workout with resistance bands. Basically everything you can do with free weights you can do with resistance bands.
However, while resistance bands are less expensive than free weights, don’t just go with the cheapest option on the market. Instead, go with the bands that look like super-sized rubber bands (the full circle bands). Don’t go with the line bands that have handles on each end. The handles do make grabbing the band easy, but these bands are connected to the handles with a simple knot. Over time, as you use the bands the rubber will stretch until eventually, the handle rips off. Not only is that a waste of money but it is dangerous to have large, stretch bands suddenly free of the handle. The full circle resistance bands will last longer and give you a better workout.
If gripping the bands hurts your hands you can consider investing in weight gloves. These will prevent the resistance bands from ripping at your hand and causing any kind of discomfort while you exercise.
It Doesn’t Take A Massive Investment To Get A Good Home Workout
Sure, the gym will always have the equipment you won’t have at home. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout where you live for a fraction of the price. From purchasing light weights to using resistance bands, there is a workout in your price range. So don’t let money stand in the way of getting in a great workout. A strong body will help with a strong mind. All it takes is dedication.