Thanks to the dumpster fire that was 2020, more and more of us that were used to working out at the gym were forced to do our best to exercise at home.
Gyms were forced to close temporarily, and in reality that looks set to continue, on and off, for the first half of 2021 as well. It sucks, but it is what it is and we therefore need to make the best of a bad situation.
Right now, the importance of good health and fitness has never been more obvious and just because gyms may be temporarily closed, that doesn’t mean that we can’t exercise at home. In fact, we need to do everything in our power to ensure that we are exercising and staying fit and active, which is easier said than done.
Finding the time, space, energy, and motivation to work out at home can be difficult, but if you follow these tips, it’ll be that little bit easier.
Try to remove distractions
Let’s face it, one of the toughest parts about working out at home is finding the motivation and the drive to get started and make it happen.
One second you’re checking your phone and scrolling through social media and the next thing you know an hour has passed and you’ve achieved absolutely nothing.
If you’re struggling to find the drive and the motivation to workout at home, try to remove distractions, or remove yourself from distractions. Whether it’s the news, your pets, your phone, your laptop, or anything else, if it is distracting you when you’re supposed to be exercising, get rid of it for a while.
Create a dedicated fitness space
Another proven tip for anybody looking to work out at home is to set up a dedicated space in the home just for fitness. This could be an empty bedroom, a corner in the spare room, an outdoor space in the garden, or even a garage or garden shed.
If you have a space that is dedicated solely to working out, this will help you get in the right frame of mind to train. Not only that, but if it is just for fitness you can purchase the necessary home gym and home fitness essentials and keep adding to them.
Again, try to create this space away from clutter and distractions, make it your safe haven and somewhere that your family members will know to give you some space as you work out, or ideally, to join in with you.
Set aside an hour to train
Regardless of what your schedule looks like, if you are serious about working out at home, set aside at least one hour on dedicated workout days for training.
If you set this hour aside you will know not to make plans and you will know to keep it free for exercising.
Setting aside an hour or so in this manner means that you can fit your schedule around working out, rather than fitting working out in around your schedule.
Just do it
Finally, like ripping a band aid off, one of the most effective ways of working out at home is to just get it done.
There will be days when it’s cold and dark and you can’t get motivated but if you force yourself to just workout and exercise, even when you don’t want to, you’ll find that once you get going you’ll feel great and you’ll be glad that you did it.