Sofas, sit-ups and staying power!
Updated: Jan 22
If you’ve decided to try working out at home because of family commitments, financial reasons or just because you’re not ready to share your journey with others, there are some tricks and tips that will set you on the road to success.
The best way to motivate yourself to work out at home is to find a routine you truly enjoy so that it doesn't feel like a chore. Then, if you can control the distractions, you are all set to create a habit that’s easy to stick to.
A powerful plan
Take some time to think about the types of activities you enjoy and research them online. Transform your phone, tablet or laptop into a personal trainer with videos and apps to keep you on track. Schedule time on the days you want to work out and accept no excuses! Remember, 10 minutes is just 0.5% of your day, not too much to dedicate to making yourself feel and look great, right?
Use the carrot, not the stick
Incentives and rewards are great (as long as it’s not a whole a pack of chocolate Hobnobs), the odd treat in moderation is fine to use as motivation to get through your workout. If your key time is after work then your dinner can become your well-earned reward. If food's not your thing, treat yourself to a new pair of trainers or funky leggings when you complete a month of workouts.
Dress for success
Although it’s absolutely fine to work out in your PJs, research suggests that what you wear has an impact on your mindset so wriggle into that Lycra first thing in the morning or as soon as you get home to help you get started.
Share (but don’t overshare!)
It’s all about accountability – if you say publicly that you’re going to do something, it’s harder to back out. You could join up with a friend to work out if your schedules match or just follow one of our plans together in your own homes.
If it makes you feel good, share your achievements via a sweaty selfie on social media afterwards. The good vibes and support you’ll get back from friends and family can help to spur you on next time your resolve wavers.
So go on – clear some space, find a workout (why not try one of Home Workout Clubs!), stay hydrated, don’t forget your warm-up and cool-down, book time in your diary, create a killer playlist and get hooked on the feeling of achievement when you’ve completed a terrific home workout!