By Corey Lewis, CPT, CSCS
People around the world are trying to stay indoors these days while building their lives around indoor activities. However, this does not mean that you have to say goodbye to your fitness and become a couch potato. You can still maintain an active lifestyle, ensuring that you find time to work out almost every day. To help you sustain or improve your physical fitness at home, here is a list of ways you can keep your workout motivation alive.
Your reasons for not working out at home are understandable. You might be on a break after a long time and lack the motivation to do anything but relax. Or you might feel like you’re in vacation mode, preferring to stay in bed rather than adding extra activities to your day. But exercising is not a chore. In fact, it is one of the most effective methods to relieve stress. Here are some more reasons why a workout is amazing for you.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and other “happiness” chemicals in your body, which help get rid of the daily stresses of life.
In addition to acting as a de-stressing agent, exercise may help reduce the symptomatic severity of a few mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. You may be in a better position to moderate your mental health with a daily exercise regimen. Now that is some great motivation for sticking with your workouts!
By remaining in shape during your stay at home, you are making sure that your body looks great when you are out and about again. Imagine looking at your toned arms and flat belly and feeling great about it. Dedicate some of the extra time you would normally use commuting or doing other activities to focusing on your health.
The concept of goal setting is very important for human beings, as it is directly linked with self-worth. The more goals you achieve, the more you will value and love yourself. Maintaining your body while at home is a perfect goal for boosting your self-esteem.
Here are a few tips to help boost your workout motivation:
Measure and weigh yourself at regular intervals. You can use equipment like the FitTrack Dara Scale to check your BMI and set goals accordingly. As you see pounds drop or inches melt away, you will be motivated to keep up the good work.
The best way to keep your motivation for workouts is to set goals for yourself. These goals must be realistic, achievable, and restricted by time. An example of such a goal would be aiming to reduce five pounds in a month. You can always get some fitness motivation from Pinterest boards, especially by following trends on social media like Motivation Monday.
You are never going to find the motivation to work out in your pajamas. Get into some fitted workout gear, and you will find yourself running out the door for an amazing workout.
Bodyweight exercises are great. You can perform your bodyweight workout plan anywhere, and you don’t need any equipment. But sometimes, it can become monotonous to do the same exercises over and over again. Try mixing things up by incorporating some home exercise equipment into your routine. For example, try a system like the BodyBoss portable gym. It’s affordable, easy to set up, and will help to add variety to your at home workout routine.
You should ask your partner, a family member, or a friend to work out with you, even if it is over a video call. Having an accountability partner is a great idea, as each of you will motivate the other when either is feeling tired. In addition, many people find partner workouts very effective at helping them achieve their fitness goals with ease. You will find great results by engaging in versatile workouts together, ensuring correct posture and generally having fun.
If you are one of those people who gets bored of working out due to monotony, then I highly recommend that you take on a fitness challenge. This will enrich your fitness routine with excitement, and you will look forward to your workout sessions, as well. Each day you will achieve new goals, which is a great way to stay motivated and boost your self-esteem.
Here is a 22-minute Youtube video with an amazing fitness challenge that you can take on if you are feeling up to the task.
Another great way to remain motivated to work out is by sharing your goals on social media. You can also find fitness apps that allow you to share your progress with other members of the community that have similar goals. Make a Motivation Music Playlist for Your Workout Sessions.
Music can be what makes or breaks a workout. A good playlist can do wonders for your fitness journey. Music will motivate you through sweat, pain, and any negative thoughts that might reduce your workout performance. By keeping your mind on the workout, you can focus more and get better results.
Studies have proven that listening to music while exercising makes the person work harder. Music that you enjoy helps improve mood and further motivates you to perform better. Furthermore, listening to slow music while working out lowers your heart rate and helps you calm down both physically and mentally.
Make a playlist consisting of very upbeat songs. Then add two to three songs that you know by heart;it does not matter if they are upbeat or not. The upbeat songs are going to pump you up for intense workouts like HIIT training or cardio, while the songs you are familiar with are going to make exercises like planks easier for you. Singing along with the lyrics will help keep your mind off the timer, and the minutes will pass a lot quicker.
Maintaining your motivation for at-home workouts may be hard, but it is not impossible. You just have to find ways to make your workouts more fun and effective. This way, working out will become one of those activities in your daily life that you look forward to. It will help take your mind off the seriousness of daily chores and pending tasks. Take this time out for yourself. You deserve it!