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How to Workout at Home: 10 Tips to Get you Started

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COVID-19 and the latest developments have made working out at home more relevant and essential than ever. Now that all the gyms have shut down and exercising outdoors is not always possible or advisable, creating a workout routine that can be maintained and adhered to while at home is crucial if you want to keep fit and continue your path to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

But working out at home isn’t just about picking the right exercises and following some training video. To make sure that you achieve the desired results, you need to take into account the following tips on how to stay fit.

Top 10 tips on how to workout at home

  1. Integrate the workout into your daily routine
  2. Put on your workout clothes
  3. Designate a workout space
  4. Eat healthy
  5. Set a specific workout schedule
  6. Set realistic goals
  7. Find a workout video/program that suits you
  8. Keep track of every workout
  9. Keep the workout equipment minimal
  10. Invest in quality active wear

1. Integrate the workout into your daily routine

Getting into the habit of a daily workout is key to sticking to it day in and day out, and it’s the only way to ensure you’ll hit your fitness goals.

As you know, weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, that’s why you need to pace yourself and integrate the workout into your daily routine properly otherwise it will be very difficult to stick to it, hence building this commitment into your day will get your body used to your new schedule and eventually crave the exercise.

2. Put on your workout clothes

Putting on your workout clothes when exercising isn’t just a matter of functionality and utility; it’s also a psychological factor that will help you get motivated and make you “feel” that it’s time to workout.

If you stay in your pajamas all day long, then that makes you feel lazy and unmotivated and less likely to work out.

3. Designate your workout space

Much like needing a separate space for work and a separate space for living and relaxing, exercising requires a designated space that’s set up for this purpose only.

The good thing is that you don’t require a large space to do so, even a corner in the living room or the bedroom will suffice. Just make sure that you can fit when lying down, and there’s enough space to extend your arms and legs fully.

Having a designated physical space for working out also puts you in the mood and motivates you to start exercising.

4. Eat healthy

As you’re very well aware, weight loss is predominantly a matter of diet and eating healthy. Exercise alone is not enough to help you reach your target weight; you need to combine working out with a proper diet and keep your calorie intake below maintenance levels. A foolproof way to lose weight is to adopt a diet high in protein and good fats and low in carbs.

5. Set a specific workout schedule

Consistency and a tight schedule are necessary if you want to make sure you hit your weight loss and fitness goals. Much like the designated physical workout space, you need a schedule that you can follow.

Try to allocate enough time every day (or every other day) to do your daily workout. Whether that’s in the morning before you start your work or in the evening after you get off work or right before going to bed, set the same time window for exercising every day and stick to your guns. Having a proper schedule will help keep you in check and build your discipline.

6. Set realistic goals

Setting realistic goals is key to achieving the results you want in the long run. When first starting, the whole process, and end goals might seem overwhelming and impossible, and that’s precisely why you need to take it one step at a time and set small key milestones.

Don’t aim to lose 15 pounds straight away or get a six-pack. Instead, aim for 1-2 pounds lost every week and keep track of your progress. Setting realistic goals and smaller milestones gives you the motivation you need to keep going. While shedding off, say, over 20 pounds or dropping to single digit fat percentage levels might seem impossible, smaller goals are more than achievable, and they are important victories in your journey to your ideal body.

7. Find a workout video/program that suits you

Finding the right workout program is very important. Whether you’re familiar with exercising at home or not, there are countless amazing videos online to help you get started.

You may be used to working out in the gym, so working out at home without equipment or with the bare necessities is a change of pace, so you need someone to show you what you need to do. There are numerous videos online that will take you through yoga, HIIT, postpartum toning, strength training, cardio, and more without equipment.

8. Keep track of every workout

You need to keep track of your progress, your workouts, and your meals. This will help you see the progress you make week over week more clearly and keep track of your training regime.

By keeping track of your workout routine, you will ensure that you can properly plan your next workout sessions and adjust them accordingly. For example, you may be hitting different muscle groups in every workout or perhaps switch from HIIT to yoga and from strength training to cardio and vice versa.

Keeping a food diary is also great to help you keep track of your fitness goals. You can go as detailed or as top-level as you want as long as you log the meals of the day. That will also help keep you accountable as you can refer back to previous days and see if you stick to your diet.

9.  Keep the workout equipment minimal

Working at home means you don’t have access to a fully equipped gym with free weights and machines. You need to keep your equipment to the bare minimum or even opt for a completely equipment-free training program.

If you decide to buy the basics, we’d recommend getting hold of a set of dumbbells with different weights, an elastic resistance band, and a jumping rope or training ball. With a combination of different exercises, you’ll be able to hit every muscle in your body.

10. Invest in quality active wear

invest in sweat shaper

What you wear when working out at home matters. You are much more likely to stick to your routine if you’re wearing actual clothes that are designed for exercising. Compression activewear offers optimum functionality and flexibility while also boosting your sweating rate, helping you shed off water weight lightning fast. 

Compression activewear like Sweat Shaper’s Women's Athletic Tank, Men's Athletic Tankand Leggings are lightweight, allow for a full range of motion, improve your posture, and provide muscle support. The great thing about Sweat Shaper’s compression activewear is that you can wear them throughout your day, not just when working out, but during your daily activities as well.


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WOMEN'S ATHLETIC TANK
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S/M 27 - 33
L/XL 33 - 39
2XL/3XL 39 - 45
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S/M 67.5 - 84
L/XL 85 - 99
2XL/3XL 100 - 114

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

MEN'S ATHLETIC TANK
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S/M 30 - 36
L/XL 38 - 44
2XL/3XL 46 - 52
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S/M 76 - 91.5
L/XL 96.5 - 112
2XL/3XL 117 - 132

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

WOMEN'S WAIST TRIMMER
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
XS 23 - 26
S 26 - 30
M 30 - 34
L 34 - 37
XL 37 - 40
2XL 40 - 43
3XL 43 - 46
4XL 46 - 49
SIZE WAIST (cm)
XS 58.5 - 66
S 66 - 76
M 76 - 86
L 86 - 94
XL 94 - 101.5
2XL 101.5 - 109
3XL 109 - 117
4XL 117 - 124.5

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

MEN'S WAIST TRIMMER
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S 26 - 30
M 30 - 34
L 34 - 37
XL 37 - 40
2XL 40 - 43
3XL 43 - 46
4XL 46 - 49
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S 66 - 76
M 76 - 86
L 86 - 94
XL 94 - 101.5
2XL 101.5 - 109
3XL 109 - 117
4XL 117 - 124.5

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

LEGGINGS
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S 26 - 28
M 29 - 32
L 33 - 35
XL 36 - 38
2XL 39 - 41
3XL 42 - 44
4XL 45 - 47
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S 66 - 71
M 74 - 81
L 84 - 89
XL 91.5 - 96.5
2XL 99 - 104
3XL 107 - 112
4XL 114 - 119

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

ARM TRIMMERS
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE UPPER ARM (in)
S 9.5 - 10
M 10.5 - 11.5
L 12 - 13
XL 13.5 - 14
2XL 14.5 - 15
3XL 15.5 - 16
4XL 16.5 - 17.5
SIZE UPPER ARM (cm)
S 24 - 25.5
M 26.5 - 29
L 30.5 - 33
XL 34 - 35.5
2XL 37 - 38
3XL 39 - 41
4XL 42 - 44.5

Measure the circumference of your arm 6' or 15cm above your elbow, toward the upper bicep.

If you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

WOMEN'S ATHLETIC TEE
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S 34 - 36
M 37 - 39
L 40 - 42
XL 43 - 46
2XL 47 - 50
3XL 51 - 54
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S 86 - 91.5
M 94 - 99
L 101.5 - 107
XL 109 - 117
2XL 119 - 127
3XL 129.5 - 137

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

MEN'S ATHLETIC TEE
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S 36 - 38
M 38 - 40
L 40 - 41
XL 41 - 43
2XL 43 - 44
3XL 44 - 46
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S 91.5 - 96.5
M 96.5 - 101.5
L 101.5 - 104
XL 104 - 109
2XL 109 - 112
3XL 112 - 117

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

WOMEN'S ATHLETIC ZIP TANK
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S/M 27 - 33
L/XL 33 - 39
2XL/3XL 39 - 45
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S/M 67.5 - 84
L/XL 85 - 99
2XL/3XL 100 - 114

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

MEN'S ATHLETIC ZIP TANK
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S/M 30 - 36
L/XL 38 - 44
2XL/3XL 46 - 52
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S/M 76 - 91.5
L/XL 96.5 - 112
2XL/3XL 117 - 132

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

WOMEN'S WAIST TRAINER
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
S 25 - 27
M 27 - 29
L 29 - 31
XL 31 - 33
2XL 33 - 35
3XL 35 - 37
4XL 38 - 40
SIZE WAIST (cm)
S 63.5 - 68.5
M 68.5 - 73.5
L 73.5 - 79
XL 79 - 84
2XL 84 - 89
3XL 89 - 94
4XL 96.5 - 101.5

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.

WAIST WRAP
  • INCHES
  • CM
SIZE WAIST (in)
One Size Up to 58
SIZE WAIST (cm)
One Size Up to 147

Measure the waistline around the belly button for an accurate fit.

We always suggest ordering the size you usually wear in this type of garment. However, if you are in between two sizes, we suggest you order the larger size.