Owning Your Fitness at Home: Where to Start

Apicha Community Health Center Mar 12, 2019  

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Fitness can feel like an intimidating subject. But it doesn't have to be that way.

When it comes to fitness (especially your own), it should be a positive experience and approach. Fitness can mean different things to different people. And at the end of the day, what matters are your goals and that you feel good about it.

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In this blog series, we're going to offer some at-home work outs for you to take control of. We created this at-home workout series because we know how hard it can be to work out. You'll find suggested workouts for the following muscle groups:

Why At-Home Fitness Could Work For You

Sometimes, getting to the gym just doesn't happen. Long hours at work, being too far away from the gym, not being able to afford a gym -- the list of reasons is endless. However, none of those reasons should keep you from taking control of your fitness.

At-home workouts also give you the power to decide how you want to work out on your own terms. Each day, you get to decide how long you want to work out (and if you even want to), and what you want to work on each time. While the gym allows you to do the same thing, fitness at home might give you more privacy, comfort, and flexibility. It's all about what works best for you.

What are the Benefits of Working Out?

While lots of folks will say weight loss is one of the top benefits of working out, it's not the only one. As we mentioned, everyone works out for different reasons, and it's not all about weight loss. Working out has the following benefits:

  • Exercise can help prevent and manage disease and illness.
  • Exercise can boost your mood. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are feel good chemicals in your brain
  • Working out can boost your energy. Working out delivers oxygen and nutrients to your body, which helps you move better and with more energy.
  • Working out can help you get better sleep.  
Where do I Start?

If you've never been physically active, you should speak with your doctor first. It's important to assess your health before doing any additional activity to make sure you are healthy and not at risk while working out.

If you are not a stranger to exercise and looking for a change in your fitness routine, follow our at-home fitness series for quick and easy workouts. Fitness isn't just about working out, it can also involve your nutrition and what you're eating. If you're interested in nutrition services, please read below. 

How Apicha CHC Can Help You

For Apicha CHC’s primary care clinic patients, we provide individualized nutrition plans for people living with HIV, diabetes, pre-diabetes, hyperlipedemia, sports nutrition, dietary supplement evaluation, weight management, and people in the process of cross-gender hormone therapy.

It may be in your best interest to consult with a registered dietician that is culturally sensitive to your needs, and can help you with customized recommendations based on an assessment of your nutritional goals and needs.

Alan Lee is available and you can ask your Apicha primary care provider to schedule a one-on-one individual nutrition counseling to discuss your goals and customize a plan for you. For more information, click here.


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