Saving Money By Staying Fit From Home

May 21, 2020 / Living & Working During Difficult Times

Simple Fitness From Home

Saving money is always a good idea. If it’s changing spending habits by making lunches at home, cutting back on going out for food and drinks with friends, or simply making coffee from home to avoid the cost of buying coffee from a local coffee shop there are several ways to line your pockets by being frugal. During this period of Stay at Home orders in lieu of the Corona Virus many people have found themselves out of work and not exactly sure how to make ends meet from week to week. Most have made sacrifices to alleviate any unnecessary financial strain. One expense that is often 1st to go in times of financial uncertainty is a costly gym membership. Many people spend upward of $100 per month on Spin Classes, Cardio Kick-Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts courses, or Free Weights. While staying in good health is integral to a healthy lifestyle, the cost of a gym membership may not always be an option. Since the start of the Isolation period most gyms have closed their doors to alleviate the potential spread of illness. Unfortunately many are left without a means to get a good amount of daily activity outside of the gym which offers a variety of options for staying fit. It is a bit of a conundrum in that money is being saved that would be generally spent on gym memberships or other methods of getting regular activity, but at the cost of losing strength, endurance, and overall fitness levels.

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Are Workouts From Home A Good Idea?

Working out from home is arguably the best option not only from a financial standpoint but also from the quality of workout one can achieve from the comfort of their own home. During any period of isolation due to inclement weather, lack of transportation, the threat of illness, or any other inconvenience home workouts can offer incomparable strength, endurance, and overall fitness opportunities. Excellent examples of making the most of inconvenient scenarios and optimizing fitness are soldiers on deployment in the military. Soldiers are often housed in tight quarters with limited space for comfort and more often than not in a foreign country with limited access to resources outside of the military base. Another perfect example of making the most of limited space to build strength and endurance can be seen in American prison facilities. Prisoners are left with a lot of time on their hands and are housed in extremely close quarters, yet prisoners are notoriously known for exiting penitentiaries in incredible physical shape. Both of these examples have limited access to what some might consider the perfect diet for building strength and endurance. In truth both soldiers and prisoners live on diets consisting of food produced on a large scale to feed hundreds if not thousands of people at a time. Despite not having the perfect location or perfect nutrition, soldiers and prisoners show exemplary levels of strength and fitness. Anyone can benefit from workouts in isolated conditions the only requisites being the willingness to perform and knowledge of formidable exercises that can be done anywhere.

Exercises That Can Be Done From Home Without Cost

 

• Push-Ups From Home

A Push-Up is a common calisthenics exercise performed by raising the body up and down using the arms from a prone position. Push-Ups make use of many of the muscles in the torso including the pectoral, triceps, and deltoids muscles. Push-Ups also engage the core of the body stimulating the abdominal and quadriceps muscles. Push-Ups can be done in a variety of ways depending on strength, skill level, and flexibility. Push-Ups have been used in Physical Education classes, Martial Arts Classes, and Military Physical Training. Push-Ups can be done every day and are an easy and effective way to quickly build strength and endurance. Beginners should plan to do Push-Ups in intervals (sets) broken up into counts (reps) depending on physical fitness and increase both reps and sets over time with progression. An example of a good beginner Push-Up workout would be to do 4 sets of 10 reps. Between sets take a few breaths and stretch a little before the next set. In time you will be able to increase the number of reps done in each set and increase the number of sets done in each workout. Also the length of rest between each set will decrease as fitness levels improve.

• Squats From Home

A Squat is a strength exercise performed by lowering the hips from a standing position while keeping the back straight into a squatting or position and then raising the hips again into a standing position. Squats are a simple and effective exercise for increasing the strength and girth of the lower body muscles and also for strengthening the body’s core. Squats primarily engage the quadriceps muscles, the abdominal muscles, and the gluteal muscles. Squats are done in a variety of manners and have been a part of basic physical fitness routines in martial and military training. Similar to Push-Ups, Squats should be done in sets broken up into a series of reps. Beginners should start with lower reps per set and with time will develop strength and endurance allowing one to increase both the number of sets performed and daily as well as the number of reps done per set.

• Burpees From Home

A Burpee is a full-body exercise used in calisthenics as well as strength training. A Burpee is performed by 1st lowering the hips into a squat position placing hands on the ground from a standing position. 2nd kick the feet back into a plank position while keeping hands on the ground with arms extended. 3rd return feet to squat position keeping hands on the ground. 4th return finally to standing position. Burpees will engage and strengthen almost every muscle in the body primarily using the larger muscle groups of both the torso and the lower body. Specifically the pectoral, triceps, deltoids, abdominal, and quadriceps muscle groups. Burpees are used in many physical fitness regiments including Cross-Fit, Military, High-Intensity Interval Training, and other disciplines. Burpees in particular are an exercise that are routinely practiced in Military physical fitness routines as well as by inmates in Penitentiaries as an extremely effective way to quickly build strength and endurance. Akin to both Push-Ups and Squats Burpees should be done in sets broken up into reps both of which can be increased with increasing strength and endurance.

About Our Guest Writer:

Tim Delaney, Content Writer.  Tim studied Environmental Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, loves to surf, is passionate about health, and discovering ways to enjoy life with diabetes.

Tim Delaney

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Staying Fit From Home FAQs

What is in a prison food menu?

Prison food menus are designed to be low-sugar, low-salt, and to contain a moderate amount of calories. An example of a prison meal is 2 to 3 ounces of meat, half a cup of vegetables, three-quarters of a cup of starch, and three-quarters of a cup of salad with dressing.

What is Mixed Martial Arts?

Mixed Martial Arts is an extreme fighting sport where the fighters are permitted to use techniques found in wrestling and in boxing but also in other martial arts such as kickboxing, karate, and judo.

What is Cross-Fit?

Cross-Fit is a high-intensity fitness workout regiment incorporating several sports and different exercises. Each daily workout is different and a healthy diet is prescribed along with it.

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