Working out from home is a great option for many of you who work from home, stay at home with the kids, or simply don’t have time to travel to a gym. Even with no exercise equipment, your options for at home workouts are nearly limitless (find out how to get started with this complete at home workout guide).
But despite it’s potential, working out from home can still be a daunting task. There are so many distractions pulling us away from our exercise time that it can be mighty difficult to get into a consistent routine.
Because of this, the best tips for working out at home all revolve around creating an environment that is conducive to exercise.
Interested in learning how to create that environment? GOOD. Read on…
Set up your workout space
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of space to work out at home. If you can find an open spot that’s big enough for you to lay down in, that’s plenty of room to get started.
If you are able to, make your workout space your workout space. Wait what? That means keep that space open and treat it as if it is there only for your workouts and not there to store your shoes, your dirty laundry, or that chair you never even sit on anyway.
If you don’t have that luxury, just make sure that you take the initiative to clear that space out sometime before it’s time for you to work out. You’re going to be much more likely to go through with your exercise if you see your workout space is cleared, ready to go, and saying “HEY STOP BEING LAZY AND USE ME.”
Put your clothes on
Have you ever heard the tip that you should lay out your exercise clothes the night before? Well I want you to take that one step further. I want you to actually put the clothes on.
It’s really amazing how something as simple as being READY to work out can translate into a greater likelihood of actually doing it. You think you’re going to feel motivated to exercise while you’re wearing a sundress and flip flops? Nah. Bring on the spandex and old t-shirt.
Consider putting your clothes on as the first step to working out. Once you do that, it’s one less thing you have to do to accomplish your goal.
Plus let’s be honest, you’re already wearing leggings right now anyway.
Pump some tunes
Music is a powerful motivator.
Much like the rest of the tips on this list, having some music that pumps you up is all about creating the right environment.
This could be different for every person and the type of music may depend on what kind of workout you’re doing. Some smooth classical might work just fine for some slow moving yoga, but might not get you in the mood for burpees and lunges.
From Katy Perry to Kendrick Lamar, Megadeth to Mumford and Sons, experiment with what works best for you and gets you in that right proper mood.
If all else fails, you can always go with the excellent “Two Dollar Hot Dog One Dollar Water” (Can’t believe this video only has 3,900 views at the time of this publishing).
Remove all distractions
Working out at home isn’t about finding time, it’s about creating time away from all of life’s other distractions.
You should be treating your workout time as sacred. Nothing gets in the way of you and your daily ritual.
This can be tough but it’s something you MUST do if you want to have any chance of remaining consistent with your at home workouts. Here are a few pointers:
- Set the time aside. For the next 30-45 minutes, you are there to workout and do nothing else. Create. This. Mindset.
- Toss your phone in the other room. Don’t even look at it unless you’re using it to play music.
- If you have kids, encourage them to get active during your active time. This not only helps you stay on track, but it also models good behavior for them to continue later in life.
- Unless you’re watching on the treadmill/elliptical/bike to keep yourself occupied, turn off the TV.
- Put the chores on hold. Trust me, once you’re done exercising, you’ll feel much more energized and ready to clean those dishes anyway.
Whether you’re just beginning a home workout routine or trying to find ways to stay consistent with your current program, try implementing these tips and see how it changes your ability to get those workouts done.
As always, knowing WHAT to do will only get you so far. It’s up to you to actually FOLLOW THROUGH with these ideas.
If you need more help on how to create an effective at home workout program, go here for a detailed guide on doing so.
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