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!