So. The gyms are closed and soo many of us have been thrown off of our fitness routines. That change has been hard to swallow for a lot of people – including me! I love going to the gym. It’s my escape and it’s where I feel strong. However, I’m choosing to keep my workout routine up at home. Yeah, it takes some planning and it’s harder to find motivation. But you know what? Staying active is seriously keeping me sane and positive. And that is really important for all of us right now.
If you’ve been struggling to find the motivation to workout without escaping to the gym, here are some tips to help GREAT about working out at home. Before you get started, here’s a thought to help change your attitude: this small change in programming is just that – small. We’ll be back in our gyms before we know it and I’m thinking our bodies will actually benefit from this change of pace! So let’s get to it!
1. Schedule your home workout!
Pencil. It. In! I really like to physically write everything down, from to-do lists to workout schedules. But you can totally use your phone calendar or whatever schedule you want. No matter what you pick, include your workout on your schedule. MAKE it part of your day. And don’t skip it.
2. Follow a workout calendar
Planning your own workout is hard! And if you’ve ever worked out kind of aimlessly, you know it isn’t the best way to exercise. I struggle with this sometimes, which is why I loooove workout calendars. It’s just nice to have a plan, right?! A workout calendar takes the planning out of the equation so all you have to do is grab your weights and follow along.
3. Get sweaty with your friends
You probably know about virtual happy hours…what about virtual fit dates? I’d TOTALLY get on board with that! Just Facetime your friends and workout together! You’ll stick to your workout schedule and motivate your friends to stick to theirs too. Plus, you’re more likely to push a little harder when you have some company for your workout – even if they aren’t physically with you!
4. Make a Youtube playlist of your faves
Indecisiveness is the ultimate motivation killer. Trust me. I KNOW. Don’t sit there scrolling through Youtube looking for a good workout for 30 minutes. Chances are, you’re gonna decide to just forget it. Instead, make a playlist (or a set of playlists) of your favorite workouts. Then they’re ready to go and you can jump right in.
5. Lay out your workout clothes the night before
Get your pretty workout clothes and lay it out before you go to bed. When you wake up, you’ll instantly remind yourself about your workout. Maybe you can even go a step further and actually put your workout outfit on as soon as you wake up. Once you’re dressed, you’re committed, right?! Plus – that cute outfit is gonna make you feel strong and ready to crush it.
6. Refresh your music
Music is an AMAZING motivator. Make a playlist of the songs that always make you feel good and energized! Then, listen to them before and during your workout.
7. Make it part of your routine
First, figure out what time of day you feel BEST working out. I’m totally a morning person and I need to start my day with some movement. If I workout too late in the day, I just feel sluggish the whole time. Make your workout part of your routine, when you know you’ll be the most up for it.
8. Leave yourself reminders
Hold yourself accountable! Leave yourself notes of encouragement on your bathroom mirror, on your phone wallpaper, on the kitchen counter – anywhere! It will be harder to skip your workout when it’s in the front of your mind. Little encouraging notes to myself always put me in a good mood too.
9. Commit to at least starting
Motivation is like a mind game sometimes. Most of the time if I don’t feel like working out, I know that I’ll feel better if I just start. I think getting started is the hardest part for a lot of us, right?! So commit to doing the warm up, or commit to doing 10 minutes. Once you start moving, you’ll feel energized and ready to crush the rest of your workout.
10. Create a dedicated space to workout at home
Do you have to have a fancy home gym? Nope. But you can dedicate a small area as your workout space. Having your yoga mat and light weights in sight will make it easier to feel motivated.
Hopefully this helps if you’ve been struggling to find your groove at home! Remember this is temporary and you need to keep moving to take care of yourself! Staying home may be stressful, but exercise will help. What are some other ways you stay motivated to workout at home? Let me know in the comments!