Discipline is one of the most important foundations of the military and also one of the cornerstones of fitness – It is a key aspect they both share.
And, during unprecedented times such as we live in today, with a global pandemic ravaging the world, it is easy to lose that discipline, to give in to the many excuses out there. Yes, you should of course be careful, especially when going outside – be it to run everyday errands, work, or to exercise.
However, who said you had to ‘go out’ to work out?
Stop with the excuses and instead find a way around your circumstance. With health being such an important thing right now, you should do everything you can to stay healthy. It is not enough to just avoid getting sick, you should do your best to be the healthiest and fittest version of yourself.
And with that being said, our suggestion to you? Bring the boot camp home!
The Discipline of Routine
Boot camp-style training has been popular for a while now. Although commonly associated with military training, the term, as well as the practice, has expanded to being used for general fitness-centric “camps” – both outdoor and indoor.
With that being said, as intimidating as it sounds, now is the perfect time to start a boot camp for yourself at home.
The health benefits of working out regularly are obvious – you are working towards a better body inside and out. But that is only the beginning. Aside from your body possibly being thrown out of shape by the pandemic, another aspect it could affect is your mental health.
As such, a consistent, disciplined routine will work wonders in stabilising and helping you in this regard. After all, if you could stay healthy in both mind and body, why would you not?
Be it inside your home, your backyard, or around your neighbourhood, just by yourself or with the people you live with, you can easily start creating a boot camp training regimen that will benefit everyone involved. The first step is just deciding to start, and designating the right space for it.
Run, Run, and Run
One of the most basic exercises you can enjoy that will always yield results, especially when done consistently, is the simple act of running. It is a modular form of exercise, in the sense that you can always increase/decrease your speed and distance to whatever works best for you.
The advice, especially at the start, is to start slowly and go at your own pace. There is no need to break your limits on your first run, especially if it has been a while. Instead, set milestones for yourself, pushing yourself further and further slowly but surely.
Be sure to also track your progress so that you can create benchmarks of how far you have come, set against where you started. It is always satisfying to see in solid numbers your own personal growth.
But what if you feel unsafe about running out in the open? What if you are not allowed to run in your neighbourhood? Or maybe running with a mask on is not something you are comfortable with?
Well, that is not a problem that can be turned into an excuse.
Invest in a treadmill.
With it, you can still achieve all the goals you set out to do. You will not need a mask to run on it. And with possible restrictions that may come or go in your neighbourhood, at least you are free to use your treadmill whenever you feel like it, for as long as you want, while feeling safe in the comfort of your own home.
However, with due consideration for the noise a treadmill can produce (and how it could drive your family and neighbours to distraction), think about purchasing a silent treadmill.
If you want a good list of possible silent treadmill options, check out Silent Home Hub. Here you will find a great array of options to choose from – such as pros and cons, price range, and features – allowing you to choose the right one for your home.
Running is good. Great even. So now you do not have an excuse not to.
No Space, No Problem. Just Be Efficient
One of the first things you have to do is figure out what area have at your disposal, and what you can do within that space.
Are you working with a room? Is it your bedroom or your living room? Maybe you have a backyard to work with? Do you have access to your neighbourhood for a run? Are you blessed with a pool? Do you have equipment like weights or other training tools?
The answer to these questions will shape the kind of workouts you can engage in, and the regimen you will want to develop. However, remember that just because you have less – be it space or equipment – does not mean you will not be able to develop and follow an effective boot camp training programme for yourself.
If you rely on what you have, you will achieve the results you want, one way or another.
After all, even simple bodyweight exercises like push-ups/press-ups and its variations can do wonders for you. So determine what you have to work with and, from there, create an action plan. There is one kind of workout though that, no matter what your circumstance, you incorporate into your planned boot camp.
The Bootcamp Effect
Lead by that, and given time and effort, there is nothing you cannot achieve. This military-style boot camp workout is one of the best ways for you to make the most out of the current situation. It will help your body change for the better, it can help your mental health, and you can grow in ways you never thought possible.
We understand the idea can be daunting at first – be it the commitment, the fear of starting, or just the idea of doing something difficult and on the level of the military – but honestly, all you need to do is put one foot over the other and give it a try.
Or in this case, one boot forward.
And who knows where you will end up.
But we are sure it will be a happier, healthier and more fit place, no matter what.