The verdict: Don't sweat it. There's no reason to beat yourself up, says Rob Sulaver, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the founder of Bandana Training. You won't suddenly be unable to lift a dumbbell because you skipped a few days. Just don't allow one week to turn into two, then three. "The two-week mark is a milestone in detraining or losing aerobic development," says Sulaver. "And at about four weeks off, you'll start to notice a decrease in strength and muscle mass." Even if you can't get to the gym consistently (carpools, office happy hours—we get it), try to carve out 10 or 15 minutes to breeze through a living room workout or online video, like this 10-minute HIIT workout you can do without a gym.
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If you're going to create a home gym in a small space, make sure these items are on your list.

SI.com Staff
February 08, 2018

This article originally appeared on SI.com/Edge

 

As the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, it gets easier and easier to forgo the trip to the gym to just curl up on the couch at home. But don't let your fitness suffer—it's easier than you think to turn your living room or even that small studio apartment into a workout studio. It may not have all of the top-of-the-line equipment and floor-length mirrors for your post-workout selfies, but your home can transform into a gym with a few pieces of equipment. We've rounded up the best at-home workout gear so you can still get in a quick but effective sweat session, without even leaving the house. 

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