The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Home Fitness Routine

Your comprehensive guide to getting in shape from home.

By: Emily Freeman

Gone are the days where working out was just something you did in the gym. Now it’s easier than ever to get in shape without leaving the comfort of your own home and turns out there are a done of perks to home fitness. So, whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or have just recently started working out from home, we’ve done all the dirty work for you when it comes to figuring out how to maximize your home fitness routine! This comprehensive guide to starting a home fitness routine has everything laid out for you to be able to reach your fitness goals from home. 

The Benefits of Home Fitness 

Home workouts not only have the potential to be just as effective as gym workouts, but they also come stacked with benefits that go beyond your health and physique. Home workouts help to:

Cut Down on Time

No more having to wait for any machines, navigating packed parking lots, or driving to and from the gym. With home workouts, you’ll save time, making it even easier to fit workouts into your busy schedule.  

Save Money

Turns out you definitely don’t need an expensive gym membership to work out. Home workouts make it easier than ever to stay in shape without having to spend money — so you can invest in another pair of joggers instead.   

Fit Workouts Into a Busy Schedule

Not only do home workouts help save you time, but because you can do them at any time, they are ideal for busy schedules. 

Provide Privacy

Home workouts give a little privacy if you have any insecurities about working out in public. 

Add Variety

Keep the variety going, so you never get bored or hit a plateau. Pop onto the FitOn app for your daily home workout!

Step by Step Guide on Starting Your Home Fitness Routine 

#1 Prep Your Sacred Workout Space

This is a simple step. Find the spot in your home where you’ll do your workouts… and make it fun! Whether it’s your living room or a private home gym, make your workout space your own. Organize your equipment, find a mat that makes you happy, maybe even have a meditation gong, folded sweat towels, or Evian spray to mist off in the middle of your workout. Make the space inviting and inspiring so you’re excited to be in it. 

#2 Set Your Fitness Goals and Find Your Inspiration

Why do you want to workout? Is it to lose weight? Feel stronger? Keep up with your kids? Improve your health? Reduce stress and anxiety? Whatever your reason(s), write them down and keep them somewhere visible. 

Then, create some goals. Oh yeah, and make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely). i.e., your goal is not to “lose weight,” your goal is to “lose 1 pound of body fat per week.” Then apply the same concept to your “how.” How will you reach your goals? i.e., I will do three days of strength training per week and X minutes of cardio per week. 

#3 Plan Out Your Workouts 

Based on your “how” goals and the CDC recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity and at least two strength-training sessions per week, plan out your workouts. It’s important to get specific about:

  • What days you will workout. 
  • What workouts you will do on each day.
  • What time of day you will workout. 

Showing up with a plan is the first step to reaching your goals. And good news, you can schedule your workouts right in the FitOn app and set workout reminders, making it even easier to stay on top of your home workout goals. 

#4 Say Hello to Commitment 

Motivation is a super fun feeling. You feel invincible and convicted like nothing will stand in your way. Then, you have a rough night’s sleep, a personal issue comes up, or you have a hard day at work, and your motivation seemingly vanishes. This is why it’s so important to commit to your goals. Motivation is fleeting, but your commitment to work towards your goals every day is a choice you have full control over. 

#5 Track Your Progress and Goals

Knowing that your plan is working is the best way to keep your head in the game. However, sometimes it’s hard to notice progress if you aren’t paying attention to it. Whatever your personal fitness goal, find a way to keep measurable data about it, like losing inches, noticing your clothes fitting differently, having more energy, feeling more relaxed. Also, keep track of meeting your “how” goals. We love checking off the days as we meet our daily workout goals! 

Start Your Own Free Home Fitness Routine Without Equipment 

If you think you can’t get fit at home without any equipment, do we have news for you! With the right mix of exercises and your dedication, your body weight can be one of the best pieces of exercise equipment to build muscle, burn fat, and feel the healthiest you ever have. 

Home Workout Fitness Categories 

Another huge perk of home workouts is that you can add as much variety as you would like. With your specific FitOn program, you’ll have custom variety right at your fingertips! But, you can also select from various workout categories right in the app. 

You can choose from a variety of different class lengths, intensity levels, and trainers to find exactly what you are looking for. With FitOn, home workouts have never been easier. Sign up for free and browse workout categories here. 

More Inspiration For Starting Your Own Home Fitness Routine 

FitOn Challenges 

Select from a variety of challenges right in the app, including our monthly challenge where any 10 workouts count! Or, start your very own challenge, selecting workouts of your choice. Invite your friends for a little friendly competition! Sign up for free and start a challenge here. 

Beginner Squat Challenge

With 30-days of thigh and booty toning exercises, this Beginner Squat Challenge will hold you accountable to sculpting your lower body. Each daily challenge won’t take you more than 5 minutes, so it’s the perfect way to get your body used to moving every day. 

FitOn Trainers Share Their Motivation Hacks

How do the fittest people stay in shape? We asked some of our FitOn trainers how they stay motivated to work out, and we’re sharing all their fitness secrets, so you can stay on your A-game too. 

Staying on Track 

Need an extra boost to get you excited to meet your fitness goals? Here are some additional motivation resources that will keep you fired up even during the most grueling parts of your workouts or motivated even on the days where you just want to stay in bed. 

Equipment-Free Workouts

One of the best parts of a home fitness routine is that you can start it at any time, no equipment required! Check out some of these equipment-free resources:

Stop Paying For Home Workouts With FitOn 

Getting in shape from home shouldn’t burn a hole in your wallet or even cost you anything at all. That’s why all the workouts on FitOn are free. Yes, free. From newbie to expert, the app has a huge library of workouts for all levels. With dozens of workout categories, it’s also a great way to find out what types of workouts work best for you!