It’s true that the way we dress can have a huge impact on how we are perceived and how we feel about ourselves, yet another area that’s just as impactful is our physique. Indeed, a lot of people get hung up on the way they look to the point they can become quite critical.
Unfortunately, today we live in a media driven culture where where photoshop reigns. The sad thing about this, is that a lot of pleasant looking people are unnecessarily researching cosmetic surgery options, and sit at home watching breast lift surgery videos, rather than enjoying a good old fashioned box set on Netflix.
In reality, if you want to feel better about your body, the best way is to condition yourself physically and get in shape. This will have a huge impact on your confidence and level of happiness in addition to your physical health.
That said, when it comes to going to a gym, particularly if you’re feeling out of shape, it can feel like a daunting task to the point that you keep putting it off and never quite get around to going. That’s where this article comes in. Here are three options for working out at home in order to feel more confident for summer:
- On Demand Fitness Classes
Les Mills, the world’s leading provider of licensed fitness classes such as Body Attack, Body Pump and Body Combat are now offering on-demand fitness classes using a similar model to Netflix; the great thing with these classes is they fit around your schedule, unlike a gym where you have to fit around its timetable, and you don’t have to feel so embarrassed about being the person at the back not really knowing the moves. It’s a great way to build up your fitness and competency before braving a real life exercise class.
- Get on Your Bike
You may prefer to go exploring in the great outdoors, but many people like the idea of cycling in front of the TV in the comfort, convenience and privacy of their own home. The main benefit of exercising in this way is that it will work the majority of major muscle groups and is relatively low-impact, meaning it won’t negatively affect your joints as much as high impact sports like running and aerobics.
- Boxing Pad Work
For something a little more interactive, this is a fantastic way to keep fit with a partner, or on your own if you replace boxing pads for a punching bag. Not only is it a great way to boost your cardiovascular fitness, it’s also an incredibly effective way to de-stress and blow off steam.
In summary, if you want to look good this summer it’s going to require a two-pronged attack; your wardrobe and the blank canvas underneath your garments. It can be time consuming and emotionally daunting to get fit in a gym environment, so hopefully, these tips offer some food for thought in terms of getting fit in the comfort of your own home.
*This is a contributed post.