If getting active and staying healthy were easy, everyone would do it…but we don’t. After a long day we come home and find ourselves lounging on a comfortable couch or chair unable to summon the energy to take a walk or hit the gym. Let’s break down the mental walls keeping you from taking care of yourself. Considering getting your fitness on minus the gym? Here are some important tips that should help you create a good workout routine at home uniquely balanced for you and your life. The whole idea is to create a program tailored to inspire you. One that you can stick to, and that you enjoy doing.
Schedule The Time
Make a plan. And stick to it. It doesn’t have to be rigid, but really committing yourself to certain days or a basic timeline within that day or even just agreeing to a certain amount of days a week and sticking to it may be enough. However, you have to commit mentally even after you write down these workout times in permanent marker.
Be Flexible to Interruptions
Unplanned circumstances are bound to happen. Sometimes the kids might wake up early and your workout takes a little longer than it normally would that day. You may be sick, or have to work late one evening. It’s OK to work out later in the day or even take a rest day, for that matter. Rest days are important, too, when it comes to a good workout routine at home. Just be ready to adjust and make up that workout, but give yourself a break when life happens. The great thing about home workouts is the ability to be flexible.
Do Your Research
The internet is a treasure trove for at home workouts. Find some that work for you or interest you or reflect your fitness and health goals.
If you need equipment for a certain video, see if anything in your house will suffice. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on equipment. More often than not your home is full of items that substitute just fine for the tools in the video. If you really do need a specific item, make sure you research your video or workout and get that item ahead of time.
Mix up your workouts
Don’t do the exact same thing everyday. It’s great for your body and muscles to get a shock of different workouts, but it’s also good for your own moral. Changing things up and pushing yourself a little further is often the boost you need to stay interested beyond results.
Assess your Fitness Level
You probably have some idea of how fit you are. But assessing and recording baseline fitness scores can give you benchmarks against which to measure your progress. Any exercise is goof for you and no one is saying you have to do crazy workouts in order to be successful or show progress. Find something you can accomplish on your level and as you get better, set new goals and adjust your workouts.
Reach out to a fitness group, a friend, or even just on social media can create a support you might not have even realized you needed. Knowing that you aren’t the only person alone, that other’s struggle, or even just there to cheer you on, can make all the difference in psychological motivation.
Make it Fun
Try new things, but find something you like. If you hate yoga then do something else. If an 80’s Jane Fonda workout is what you enjoy then that is what you should do. If you want to include the kids and the dogs then you should do that. If wearing a fun outfit helps motivate you then do it. There is no wrong answer or standard suggestion here. Having fun is only going to encourage you to come back for more and maybe even look forward to your workouts.