Hi Everyone! Today I’m sharing five ways that can help you get motivated to workout at home. If you have been following me for a while now, you know that recently I have started doing a lot more workouts with my running. I think cross training, weight training, and strength training help to make you a stronger runner. Plus, they help build muscles that running won’t.
I personally like to workout at home. Why? I would just rather be there than pay for a gym membership, drive to the gym, and wait on machines to be open. When I used to go, I seemed to spend more time waiting on the machines I needed than actually working out. It’s just easier for me to workout at home. Sure I don’t have the equipment that gyms do, but you can still get a good workout without it. So, this post is for anyone who doesn’t like going to a gym or maybe doesn’t have access to a gym.
So, how do you find motivation to workout at home?
If you’re like me, by the time you get home after a long day’s work you just want to sit down and relax. The last thing you want to do is workout, especially when you can see the recliner and you just want to sit in it! But, if you are working out at home, you have to ignore the recliner and be stronger than your excuses! Here are five ways that I used to motivate myself to workout at home.
Set up your space
The first thing I did was to set up my own work out space. If I have to walk by this space daily and see it, it becomes a constant reminder that I need to use it. It’s hard to ignore it if it’s in plain view. When I had my yoga mat rolled up, or my weights in the closet, I was less likely to drag it all out to do a workout. It was easy to ignore it and find excuses to not do it.
I took over our spare bedroom and made it my own space. I enjoy going in there and spending time working out.
Lay out your clothes
Along the same lines as seeing your workout space every day, I also like to lay out my work out clothes. They are there and ready for me to put them on and act like another reminder. If I have everything laid out ahead of time, it makes me want to put it on and exercise. Make sure you have plenty of clothes that fit right and are comfortable. You don’t want to use the excuse that your only comfortable shirt or sports bra is dirty.
Schedule your workout
The next thing I do is plan each workout as part of my day. If I don’t plan, I am very likely to be highly unmotivated! I schedule the time I need to work out and plan around it. I treat it just like I would a meeting, job, or any other part of my day. That way I can’t come home and jump in the recliner until I’ve finished my workout. If I know I’m going to have a long day at work, I will get up early and workout before work. Planning is key to fitting in workouts.
Hold yourself accountable
Create a schedule, follow it, and log all of your workouts. This may be as easy as saying that you’re going to exercise three days a week. If you log it by either using a fitness app, having a journal, or even on social media it will help you to keep yourself accountable. If you struggle with accountability, find someone that can hold you accountable. Sometimes I have to have my husband remind me that I skipped a couple of workouts….It really does help keep you on track! This could be someone that you know, or it could even be an online friend. There is a huge community out there of people who support and encourage each other!
Find something you love
This is the most important thing to do. If you hate lifting weights, why would you want to do it? Find an exercise that you love doing and that works for you. That may be workout videos, strength training, or weight lifting. There are so many things that you can do. If you enjoy it, you will look forward to it and are more likely to get it done. If you don’t know where to start, look on Pinterest. There are tons of great workouts for all levels. I regularly do workouts that I find on there, and I save them so I can do them again if I love it.
There are also tons of youtube videos with workouts that you can do at home. Some of my favorites are Tracy Anderson, Jillian Michaels, and Fitness Blender.
Not everyone enjoys working out at home, but if you’re like me and would prefer to do that, these are things that have worked for me. And, even though these things do work for me and keep me motivated to exercise, there are days when I am not 100% excited about it. There are days when I wake up and I absolutely do not want to exercise. Sometimes it’s your body’s way of telling you to rest. Everyone has days like that. Other times, it could be that you need to find some new motivation.
Here are some bonus tips for you! When I go through phases like this and need something to kick my butt into gear, I try a few different things. I’ll make a brand new playlist or find a new show on Netflix to binge watch while working out. Sometimes I’ll try a new exercise. If you keep doing the same thing over and over it will get boring. My favorite thing to do though is scroll through Pinterest and look at motivational quotes. I will find some that really get me pumped up (or feeling guilty about sitting on my butt) and I will keep those running through my head like a mantra. Find something that works for you. There are tons of ways to motivate yourself, but at the end of the day, you just have to get it done!
These tips make it so much easier to get it done in the comfort of my own home whenever my schedule will allow. I hope you take something helpful from this!
How do you motivate yourself?