Some of us are going on a month or even more of being in our houses. Many people are working from home, and many people are not. One thing I think we can all agree on is that this is weird and some of us may need tips to workout at home.
Some people are thriving right now and maybe others find that they are dragging their feet. This is the case especially in the fitness realm right now! People are wondering how to workout at home and even more so, how to find the motivation to workout at home.
As a personal trainer who already focuses on clients who workout and reach their goals at home, I have compiled a list of tips that I’ve found work for me and for my clients. Here it goes!
Create a schedule.
I know, I know. This is tough to do already. Especially if you have kids. My recommendation is try to stick to your original schedule as much as possible… minus the part where you get into the car and drop the kids off at school, go to work, do errands, etc.
Try to wake up at the same time of the day that you did before. If you worked out in the morning, stick with that routine. If you did it in the evening, then do it that way! This will also make it easier to go back to your old routine when we are finally released from pris – I mean these stay at home orders. 😉
Wear your usual gym attire.
I’m totally guilty: I’ve worked out a few times in my pajamas. It’s just easy to stay in them, ya know?
Try to get into the habit of getting dressed in your usual gym attire. INCLUDING SHOES! Don’t workout barefoot unless you’re doing yoga.
Find a space with limited distractions.
Living room workouts are great, don’t get me wrong. The couch can be very useful! But the living room is also a common area that is full of distractions, like the television. Or if you’re me, a giant dog that loves to try to workout with you!
Unless you use the TV to workout, I’d recommend moving somewhere else like your home office or even your backyard if the weather is nice. This will help limit the temptation to turn on the TV and pet the dog.
Blast some music!
Music makes everything better. Have you worked out and then realized that you were only exercising to the sound of your breath and feet hitting the floor? No wonder you’re bored!
Throw on your usual gym playlist and turn it up!
Do a workout you love.
There are endless resources out there that will help you workout from home. YouTube, for example. You can find yoga, Zumba, Pilates, HIIT, and so much more there! Sadly the only thing we really can’t do is in person classes… miss you, OrangeTheory peeps!
Lastly, get an accountability partner.
This is kind of an unoriginal tip, but it helps to have an accountability buddy for sure. Someone that you can text after a workout that you did it and they’ll be proud of you. But at the same time, if you don’t text them then they’ll track you down and demand to know if you worked out.
Finally, I want you to know that if you are on the struggle bus and you don’t want to workout, you really don’t need to! I know there are a lot of coaches and trainers out there telling you that you should because “you have all the time in the world,” but you ultimately need to take care of yourself. If that means not working out, then that is completely fine! Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re doing the best you can.
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I wear a lot of hats: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. A writer with a B.A. in English and Professional Writing. A fur mom and a wife. A mental health advocate and a septic shock survivor. An Airman and an athlete. I live in South Florida and am in love with the ocean. People can typically find me either in the gym or at home, writing or reading.