Home workouts work for me…but can they work for you?
The short answer is yes, but there are things that will help you stay motivated!
You just finished a long day at work. It’s about 6 PM and now you get to sit in traffic for over an hour until you finally get home to put your feet up. Chances are you may not have the time or the motivation to exercise.
Or maybe you’re a stay at home mom and have a mountain of laundry, a sink full of dirty dishes and a to do a mile long! How in the world am I supposed to workout?
Most of us moms in today’s busy world would find it difficult to find time to go to the grocery store for fresh food, much less work out. Taking an hour or two in the morning or evening (with travel time and gym time) to train is difficult. We just don’t have the time in our busy lives.
However, the rise of home fitness technology has made it easier and more accessible for us to exercise from the comfort of your our own home!
With a massive array of information online regarding exercise programs and various workouts, the most difficult component is not how to exercise but rather how to stay motivated to workout from home.
Why Home Workouts Are Difficult
Gyms are built to be spaces where people of all goals and fitness levels can gather together and motivate each other. For some, this can be intimidating, but for many, seeing others exercising and working hard can be a great source of motivation.
In your home, you will not have that. (unless you plug into my virtual health studio…you can check that out HERE) For this reason, it’s important to find different ways to motivate yourself.
Maintaining Your Motivation for Home Workouts
When working out at home, one of your biggest challenges is staying on track and progressing towards your goals.
Keep in mind that any goal that you have of building muscle or losing weight will take time. This is not a week-long event. You’ll need to stay motivated over the course of many months.
So, the big question remains: “How can I stay motivated for the long term?”
Try these motivating ideas, so you can achieve your fitness goals while working out from home:
1. Change it up. This is one of the easiest methods to stay motivated. If you’re continually doing the same workout (or series of workouts), you may find that you get bored very quickly. Additionally, having no variability in your training will make your progress much slower.
Do yourself a favor and keep your mind open for new and unique workouts.
2. Follow your favorite fitness trainers on social media. Chances are they will post workout routines that you can follow along with and see faster results.
Grab a suspension tool. Suspension tools like a Monkii or a TRX are great ways to always have a source of fun and engaging exercise. Pushups and lunges can get boring very quickly, and suspension tools have a huge amount of online videos with exercises for beginners all the way to advanced.
When you make the exercise fun and interactive, you’ll be more motivated to exercise and stay on track. Suspension tools can help with that!
3. Make time. Integrate your home workouts into your daily schedule. Understandably, there will be days where you don’t want to train but having your workouts in your schedule and viewing them as an important element of your life will ensure you prioritize the workout.
You’re more likely to follow through on training sessions when your workout time is on your regular schedule at the same time each day, or the same days each week.
Making it a habit will get you to automatically work out without having to make the decision to do it.
Are Home Workouts for You?
In my over 10 years as a healthy lifestyle mentor, specializing in helping you get results from the comfort of your own home, not everyone is going to jump on board with working out at home right away. For ladies like, who used to be avid gym goers, home workouts provide the opportunity to get in a great workout but not have to schedule my day around the gym. I can schedule my workout around what I have going on.
Not only are they a great space to develop your relative strength, but training at home is cost-efficient, time-saving, and a great way to connect with yourself.
I’ve got a great system for helping you stay accountable to your home workouts…check out #SavvyGirlStrong for details!