Staying motivated to work out is hard, especially for those at home workouts. There are many reasons for working out at home, some of those reasons include: spending less time traveling to and from the gym, saving money not going to the gym, being able to dress the way you want, etc.
Whatever your reason for working out at home, it doesn’t get any easier as the days go on. With so many distractions in the home, it’s easy to get sidetracked from your home fitness goals. Don’t let the TV, the computer, or the pantry keep you from achieving your fitness goals! Here are 7 tips to help you stay motivated when working out at home:
- Schedule a “Backup” Time to Work Out Each Day
Most articles at home workouts tell you to schedule a specific time to work out each day, which is really good advice. However, life happens and usually that means your schedule is going to be messed up, interrupted, or thrown out of whack.
To prepare for times when your day does not go exactly according to plan, you can set aside two times a day for a workout. You do not have to schedule big chunks of time; just keep it to a simple 10 to 30 minutes, and you’ll still reap plenty of benefits from the exercise. If something gets in the way of the first time slot, you’ve got the second one to fall back on.
Whether you actually work out twice a day is up to you—just be careful not to overtrain.
- Look Ahead
Making a day by day schedule is great, but what are you going to do when the holidays come around? Or what are you going to do when you go on vacation? Try to look ahead at the events you have on your calendar and make a plan for working out during those times.
- Set Realistic Goals
If you are going from sitting on the couch all day to doing at home workouts regularly, you probably shouldn’t expect a sudden change in your abilities. Try to get at least a small workout in once a day Monday through Friday and use the weekend to relax and reset your goals. Whether you get on the treadmill, take a short walk, or do crunches by the bed, doing a little something is better than nothing.
- Don’t Put Your Equipment Away
Putting your workout shoes, clothing, weights, and mats out of sight also means they are out of mind. Keep your workout equipment in a place that is easily seen and readily accessible—like your front room as you walk in the door. Subconsciously, you’ll be much more likely to work out instead of, say, heading straight for the remote control.
- Track Your Progress/Write it down
There are phone apps and different programs online that you can use to track your home workouts and your progress. However, there is nothing quite like having a physical piece of paper that you can write your fitness goals on and see every single day by your workout area or your bed.
- Ask Friends to Help Keep You Accountable
Though you may not be working out with other people, you can ask your friends and family to help keep tabs on you and your work out. Ask your friends to keep in touch and ask you about your goals and how you are doing with your daily workouts.
- Use Your Children in Your Work Out
Many people think that having children is the end of your own personal life. But you can use your children to help you stay on track. Children have good memories and will help to remind you to keep your fitness goals. You can even have them workout along with you for a fun family activity!
It’s important to set realistic goals at the start, you’ll be able to set more ambitious goals further down the road as you build strength and endurance. That’s when you really get to see results!
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