Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. She decided to move into freelancing to take advantage of the flexibility and work-life balance it offers. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to mental health, fitness and nutrition
Boosting Your Mental Health with At-Home Fitness
The importance of exercising cannot be overstated when you are striving to be your best self. Being physically fit can provide a solution for anxiety and depression, as exercising improves brain function and will leave you feeling healthier and happier overall. Sometimes it can be tough to motivate yourself to go to the gym before or after a long day at work; to fix this issue, you may want to consider starting an at-home fitness routine.
Working out from the comfort of your own home is a great way to optimize both your mental and physical health. Research in physical fitness has shown that the best time to exercise is actually in the evening, as your metabolism will more readily adapt to a workout routine that takes place when you are home from work. So if you are looking to set a new exercise regimen in your very own home, here are some guidelines that will bring you success:
Getting the Essentials In Order
Before you buy any new gear or materials for your at-home fitness space, you will want to consider the exercise routine that you are planning to implement. Some of the best workouts to boost mental health include any range of aerobic exercise, due to the stimulation of the brain and heart rate. This incorporates any exercise that you do regularly and consistently for more than 15 minutes at a time, such as interval training, walking on a treadmill, or stationary cycling.
Once you know which exercises you want to do, you will want to get all of your essentials in one place. You may need to purchase weights, runners, a yoga mat, and even a new home exercise machine, depending on your exercise plans. You should try to designate a certain location in the house where you can keep all of your workout gear and equipment; that way, you will always associate that space with exercising and will be more likely to make time for working out.
Focusing on the Design of Your Workout Space
Now that you have the home gym essentials in place, you will want to focus on the design of your workout space in a way that complements a positive training experience. Pick the biggest space that you can find that’s free from clutter. Then, paint the space a bright, clean color, like eggshell white. A brightly-painted space will have the best impact on your motivation and your mood, and white is an energetic choice. Plus, white walls are simple to maintain, making it easier to clean your workout equipment and the room itself after spending many hours sweating it out. Finally, you should add details like a full length mirror, a portable speaker system, and good lighting to finish off the space.
Before long, your at-home workout space will be an inviting place for you to go to exercise and ultimately to unwind, benefitting your physical well being and your mental fitness.