Working out at home can be awesome. You can get into incredible shape without even getting in your car. There are no creepy guys watching your every move. There is no reason to feel shy or embarrassed. It’s just you, whipping your own butt into shape!
However, working out at home isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are many possible distractions and things that could come up and make you want to throw the towel in early. And quitting too soon does nothing but hurt your progress.
That said, here are some great tips to help you stay focused and get the most out of your living room sweat sesh!
Remove all distractions
When working out at home, there are always things you could be doing. Similarly, there are always things you’d rather be doing (a Stranger Things binge-a-thon, anyone?) Ladies… you need to get ahead of these things. Turn off the ringer on your phone. Put your fur babies outside (if the weather is nice) or in another room with the door closed. Unplug the TV — or leave it plugged in if you workout to videos. Whatever you have to do… do it! Don’t leave yourself open to temptation!
Create a “work out space”
If it’s motivation that you need to exercise, create a special space for yourself.. one that’s just for you and just for working out. If you have a place “to go,” even in your own home, it will feel more official, and you’ll be more likely to work out. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, either. Perhaps just a corner of the room where you can lay out your yoga mat and neatly store your weights. Make it yours. Embrace it as YOUR space.
Make a plan
Nothing wastes more time during a workout than figuring out what to do next. Without the pressures you find at the gym — like time limits or people waiting to use the machines, it is easy to meander through your workout. The next thing you know, the time has slipped away, and now, there’s somewhere you need to be — and your workout is shot.
Don’t let this ruin the good thing you have going. Create a plan and stick to it. Know what exercises you will do, lay out your equipment and gear, and be ready to go. This will help you establish a routine.