10 top tips for starting sports at home


The practice of sport is undermined because of the health crisis. However, sport is essential for our balance and our well-being. Even if the clubs are closed, we can practice elsewhere, at home for example. We are going to see together some tips to start a good practice of sport at home!

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Tips for a good start to home sports

We must first drop the preconceptions. Those who think that it is not possible to play sports at home are wrong!
Indeed, it is quite possible to s’train at home without equipment. The question of equipment may arise in a second step.

However, there are a few things you should know before you start. Let’s take a look at ten tips that will get you started in the best possible way.

Motivate yourself and commit to self-discipline

It goes without saying that you have to motivate yourself to play sports. However, playing sports at home is totally different from playing in a club.

At home, you are on your own. It can be difficult to motivate yourself in such conditions. In a gym, you meet people, you see other members in action which can create competition and motivate you.

Therefore, the success of your home practice will depend on your mind and also on your self discipline.
There will be days when your motivation will not be enough, so you will have to find the necessary resources to start your session!

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Be organized!

One of the main differences between playing sports at home and playing club sports lies in the organization.
In a club, you don’t have to worry about anything (except your outfit), the equipment is at your disposal.
At home it’s different, in order to save time, you have to prepare everything you will need: accessories, water bottle etc.
The mistake would be to prepare the ground at the last minute. You will be sure to forget something. Which could interrupt your session.

Get a sports outfit and basic equipment!

It is not because you do not practice in a club that you should neglect your outfit. There is a minimum required!
This is why we must choose a sports outfit in which we feel comfortable and free of all movements.
You will also need a good pair of sneakers, which will support your foot during the effort.

Also consider getting a groundsheet as well as a towel and a water bottle or water bottle.

Have a workout program!

There is nothing worse than going to the gym without a program, without knowing what you are going to work on at such and such a session.
And, it is the same for a home practice. Training at home without knowing how your training session is going would be counterproductive!

Thus, it is important to develop a strategy, determine its objectives and establish a program.
The latter is not immutable, it will have to change over the course of your developments and the new goals that you set for yourself.

See the big picture!

The advantage of practicing at home is that we are not subject to the gaze of others. Therefore, you are free to do whatever activity you want.
You can switch from strength training to Tai Chi if you feel like it. In addition, with the amount of tutorials available on the net, you would be wrong not to want to broaden your horizons.

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Set achievable goals

This is valid for the practice of sport in general. And whether you practice in a club or at home: you have to set short and medium-term goals.

Your goals must be achievable. Do not set goals that are not achievable: like losing 20 kg in a month, have Arnold’s pectorals in two weeks.

Your expectations should be realistic and consistent. Set your bearings. And once the first one is reached, you can also revise your goals upwards.
You really have to take it little by little. Putting pressure on yourself because of surreal goals will affect your motivation.
And this is even more true when it comes to starting the sport at home. Indeed, the hardest part will be to take your marks and to adopt good habits.

Chat with people who practice at home

Training alone can affect your motivation. You will be able to have need advice to pass a course and continue your progress.
If this is your case, I recommend that you join facebook groups dedicated to practicing sports at home.
This will allow you to exchange with enthusiasts. Having good contacts can create emulation, boost you and make you want to think bigger.

Be careful !

This is a bit like point number two: playing sports at home should encourage you to be more organized and vigilant.

Why ? In order to limit the risk of accidents and injury, you must prepare your workspace. And so be careful that there are no objects that can disturb you.

Also, if you are just starting out and practicing on your own, I recommend that you do not do dangerous or high intensity exercise.

Invest in hardware

Bodyweight exercises and YouTube tutorials will work well at first. Next, you will need to have equipment that will allow you to take your sessions a little further.

Depending on the space you have available, you can acquire a weight bench, dumbbells and weights.
If you do not have a lot of space, you can focus on small equipment such as the Bulgarian bag, kettle balls or rubber bands, which take up little space and allow you to work well.

Get started!

If you’re wondering when is the best time to get started, tell yourself that there isn’t!
Because the best time to get started is now. Not in a month or two.
Don’t give yourself excuses to postpone your session, this is the best way to undermine his motivation.

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