Practising a healthy lifestyle is one thing. Being fit is another. The latter, of course, takes a lot more dedication and rigorous workout activities.
For those who want a lean, muscular body, signing up for gym membership is the first thing that comes to mind. But in these times when life throws so many demands, including hectic work and family schedules, frequenting the gym is just a mere wish. And more times than not, your membership fees simply goes towards a 'cause' you are not benefiting from since you are not able to utilise the amenities.
The solution, however, could be that you start your own home gym. This way you can have the luxury of working out at your own convenience and comfort.
According to fitness instructor Richard Cowan, the basic gym equipment that can be purchased as starters are the bench press, chin-up bar and dumbbells.
According to Cowan, these equipment can be used along with other non-weighted exercise routines to cover essential areas.
"The bench press will target the chest and arms and the chin-up bar is geared towards working the upper back and arms. These will help to build strength and build muscles."
As for the dumbbells, they can fit in perfectly with lunges, which adds weight to leg and arm workouts. Not having the advantage of increasing weights as you would at the gym, Cowan says to maximise on results, increasing repetitions is of great value.
"At home, you definitely have to rely on repetition to make up for the lack of weight increase. You have to increase repetition incrementally to the point of fatigue, once the muscles are used to the weight."
To contribute to the growth, the maintenance and repair of muscles, there are certain supplements that Cowan recommends.
"I recommend Kreatin to help increase strength, hydration and muscle size. Amino acids in the form of whey protein are important too and should be taken before training and after. On off days, it should be had as a meal replacement. The amino acids repair muscle tissue and help with the development of muscles."