Even as more and more people get vaccinated and more public places open for business, you may still be hesitant to resume going to your local gym. Shared equipment, people sweating and breathing heavily, and close quarters between patrons may still make you squeamish for the time being.

No worries, though, as Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has you covered with a step-by-step plan to reach your fitness goals in and around your own home.

  1. Motivate Yourself

You’ll want to start by identifying your goal. Are you trying to lose weight, eat better, add muscle, or train for that race you’ve always wanted to run? Set your goal and don’t forget to tell others about it. By making your goals known, your family and friends can help and you’ll be more motivated to achieve your goal since others know about it.

  1. Use Your Space to Get Started

There are several exercises you can do without any special equipment. They include squats, pushups, crunches, jumping jacks, and chair dips. These five common exercises will touch every part of your body.

  1. Find Equipment

In addition to dumbbells, barbells, and machines like exercise bikes or treadmills, you can download fitness apps that have on-demand classes to lead you through workouts as if you had your own personal trainer. Check around the house too for anything that might provide weight—a one-gallon water jug weighs 8.5 pounds!

  1. Focus on Overall Wellness

Away from exercise time, what you eat will account for a big part of your fitness goals. Use an app to track calories to help you meet your goals and make sure not to stock the house with too many snacks or treats that will do nothing but tempt you to eat. And be sure to prioritize your sleep—getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night will give your body the energy it needs and also boost your immune system.

To learn more about Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://essex-falls-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org/.