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(Fitness) 7 Ways to Stay Motivated for At-Home Workouts

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At-home workouts come with a lot of perks. You travel less, save money on gym memberships, and you can dress however you want.

Whatever your reasons for working out at home, you’re going to come across your own unique challenges along the way. Our homes can have a lot of distractions. 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:

1. Schedule a Backup Time to Work Out Each Day

Most articles about 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. You’ll still reap plenty of benefits from the exercise.

Then, if something gets in the way of the first time slot, you have 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.

2. Plan for the Holidays

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. That way you won’t be thrown too off course when life gets extra busy.

3. 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 do at least a small workout 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 is better than doing nothing.

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!

4. 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 each day because your at-home gym set up will be ready to go.

Set up a little corner in your living room or bedroom for working out each day or use a spare bedroom as a personal gym room. Working out at home will become a million times easier when you don’t have to dig out and set up your gym clothes and equipment every single day.

5. Track Your Progress

When you track your progress you can better see the results and renew your motivation to keep going in your new workout routine.

There are phone apps and different programs online that you can use to track your home workouts and your progress with your fitness goals.

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.

Download and Print a Free Workout Progress Log.

6. Ask Friends to Help Keep You Accountable

Even if you work out alone, it can still be beneficial to get support from other people in your fitness goals. Maybe you don’t live alone in your household and need support in what groceries you do and don’t buy, or need help having free time to use your house’s gym space.

Ask your friends and family to help keep tabs on you and your workout. Friends can keep in touch and ask about your goals and how you are doing with your daily workouts. You might even find a friend with their own fitness goals and then you can support each other.

7. Include the Kids

Having children shouldn’t be the end of your personal life and goal setting. You can include your children in your personal fitness goals.

Children have good memories and can help remind you to workout. You can even have them workout along with you for a fun family activity! You can also make working out more interesting by doing fun, active activities with the kids like going to a bounce house, going swimming, racing each other, going on a bike ride together, hiking together, walking together, or playing sports together. That way you can get your daily workouts in, enjoy time with your family, and stay motivated and excited about working out by changing your routine.

 

Sticking with anything you set out to do requires motivation and perseverance, just like working out or starting a budget. To help you stay motivated, check back with our blog for more budgeting and fitness tips and tricks. Check City also offers many financial services for the whole family!


Getting Beach Ready on a Budget

Summer is here and that means most people are trying to get in some last minute exercise before they hit the beaches. While some people prefer getting a gym pass, others prefer to work out at home. However, if you’re just looking to get started with building your home gym, prices for athletic gear and training add up quickly.

There are so many things you’d like to do, but not necessarily things that you can afford to do. The key is picking and choosing what activities and equipment you spend money on and what ones you forego for the time being. The key is learning to pace yourself through your athletic purchases. You need an athletics budget to govern your spending.
The best way to pace yourself is by creating a budget for athletics. Without considering how much you expect to need for this year, set a target budget amount to spend on athletics. To do this, create or reevaluate your current budget.

First, Figure Out Your Expenses.

First, iron out the details of all of your necessary expenses, e.g. rent, food, utilities, paying off cash advances or short term loans etc. Make sure the necessities are covered, and then see what money you’ll have left. Considering the other activities you would like to take part in for the year, e.g. movies, music, hobbies, renovations, etc., determine a set amount of money that you can afford to set aside each month to cover any expenses you’ll have for athletics.

Figure out two totals: (1) how much you would like to set aside for it, and (2) how much you can afford to set aside. Make option 2 your priority to reach. Write those two totals down and move on to the next step.

What Are The Priorities?

Make a priorities list. As much as you would like to be able to afford each activity, sometimes a limited income simply won’t allow it. You need a priorities list to help you determine which activities will take precedence for your athletics budget. The activity at the top of the list will receive funding first. The next one down gets second priority and so on and so forth.

The way you’ll determine what deserves to be on the top of the list will vary based on your personal circumstances. A working man might consider running his first priority due to its cheap nature. Other than running races, all he needs is shoes and time to run.

A college athlete might consider volleyball as her best bet since she hopes to get on scholarship with it. When the sport can return some of that money, paying for a tutor or access to a gym can be extremely beneficial.

Plan Out Your Events Carefully

Consider carefully the athletic activities that you would like to pursue. Rank them according to importance in your own life, and write that list down. This will prepare you well for the next step of your pacing.

Once the list is created, go through the expenses you expect to make concerning the number one slot (ie. new shoes, standard fees, travel arrangements, gym memberships, prices of races, etc.). List each expense and how much it would cost. Total the costs below and circle it. Go down the list of priorities and do the same thing for each activity. If you have any duplicate items across activities, e.g. running shoes for marathons and Frisbee, don’t include the same item on the lower priority activity.

Once totals are made, add all the athletic events together. Compare that number against the number two budget total you created in the first step. If it’s going to cost you more than you can afford, cut the lowest priority activity from the budget. Compare the prices again. Should you still be over budget, cut the next lowest priority. Rinse and repeat until you have a budget of activities you can afford.

If you cut down to the first priority and still can’t reach your budget needs, consider the following two options:
First, reconsider your priorities. Maybe there’s a cheaper second or third option that would fit the budget, even if it’s not your first choice. Consider the other activities again and reorder your priorities list.

Second, cut certain items off of your first priority activity to make the budget possible. For example, running is cheap. All you need is shoes and motivation. If you are aiming to run four marathons this year though, that could cost you upwards of $400, just to run. You can cut races out of your budget to make your first priority possible. Find the expendable items and cut them at will.

Although it’s not the most enjoyable lifestyle to live, budgeting your athletic expenses is a much better alternative to defaulting on an important payment. There is no regret down this road, only happy contentment. Consider carefully your expenses for the coming year and plan athletic activities into your budget so your finances will stay in the black.

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