Staying Motivated When Working Out At Home

As a single mom, I try to live a frugal lifestyle. With that, I choose to workout at home and going for walks outside! I try to stay active, especially when the weather is nice out! There are days when I need to push myself to get out and go for a walk. While I am not perfect, I hope to offer ways for everyone to stay motivated when working out at home!

Staying Motivated When Working Out At Home

Working out at home can be fantastic. Not everyone can afford a gym membership, some of us feel anxious about the idea of exercising in front of other people and most of us find it hard to find the time to exercise as much as we’d like. Most people would tell you that cost and a lack of time are the reasons that they don’t exercise as much as they should, and home workouts could help massively. 

Exercise Equipment

When you exercise at home, while you might want to invest in some gym shoes and a yoga mat, you don’t need much else. Over time, you might want to add more equipment, but no one will know if you are working out in your pj’s or pants, and it would take a lot of equipment to cost more than a monthly gym membership. You don’t have to worry about people seeing you, or what they might think, and while exercise still takes time, it eliminates traveling to and from the gym and means that you can fit in a quick workout when it suits you, instead of being tied to opening times and class timetables. 

Stay Motivated

But, while exercising at home is fantastic, it does have its drawbacks. One of these is motivation. When you exercise at home, on your own, there’s no one to make sure you are doing it. You could skip your workout, and no one else would ever know. Nor is there anyone to help you. It can be hard to know if you are performing the right moves or holding your poses right. This can mean that your workouts aren’t as effective, and you are more likely to get injured. 

Using a mirror can help you to check your positioning and help you to get more from your workouts and stay safe. Or, you could attend a class, or speak to a trainer privately, just to learn more about the exercises that you’d like to do at home. But, motivation is a different issue. Here are some tips to help you to stay motivated when you are trying to stick to a home workout routine. 

Stay Motivated When Working Out At Home

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Try Different Things

Most of us have got a workout video that we enjoy. The one that we go back to, and know that we can do well. This is fine. But, if you want to keep motivated, and get more from your workouts, you need to avoid boredom. Your mind and body need challenges if you’re going to keep things interesting. Read this Guide on Resistance bands to see how they could help you, and don’t be scared to add equipment to your home routines.

Make the Most of Your Space

Chances are you usually workout in front of the TV, with a video on YouTube in front of you. Or, while you binge-watch your new favorite show. If you want to stay motivated, move around a little. Exercise in your garden in the summer, and try to work out in other areas in your home. 

Have Some Fun

Don’t just stick to structured workouts. Exercise doesn’t have to fit a routine or stick to a schedule. If you don’t fancy an exercise video, but still want a workout at home, turn some music on and enjoy a dance around the house. No one can see you, so enjoy yourself and go a little crazy. Dancing can be a fantastic cardio workout. 

Write it Down

We’re more likely to do things if they are written down in a diary or on a to-do list. This is true when it comes to work, chores around the home, and exercise. 

Get a planner or diary and write your workouts down. Plan your week ahead, writing down which exercises you are going to complete and when factoring in how long you need and when you will be able to fit this into your day. 

Get an Accountability Buddy

Just because you like to exercise alone, doesn’t mean that you can’t have an accountability buddy to push you forward and keep an eye on you. Tell a friend about your home workouts and ask them to check in on your progress from time to time. Or, join an online exercise forum where there will be plenty of people to help to keep you on the right track. 

Push Yourself

One of the biggest problems with working out at home is that we don’t challenge our muscles. We stick to the same things, our muscles get used to them, and they stop working. Then, we get bored and start going easy on ourselves. Varying your workouts will help, but you also need to challenge yourself and push your body.

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