HOW TO WORK OUT AT HOME WITHOUT FALLING OFF THE WAGON
A lot of people tell me they’d never be able to stick to a home exercise program because they won’t make themselves do it. I get it. It’s not for everyone. Some people genuinely need the group energy of a class atmosphere to thrive. But for loners like me, home exercise programs like BBG, Tone It Up, or 21-Day Fix can help form healthy habits that transform bodies and increase overall health.
That said, I still suffer from motivation deprivation at times. Here are five tips for staying consistent:
iCal yourself. I pick a time of day to work out and stick to it. If I’m feeling particularly unmotivated I will put it on my calendar and set a reminder for 5 minutes before so I remember. Then I force myself to stop whatever I’m doing and work out.
Pick a program that progresses. Following an exercise plan will not only help you get the results you’re after, it will also keep things interesting so you’ll want to work out.
Join or create an accountability group. The Beachbody programs are especially strong in this department, but you don’t have to tether yourself to a coach to find a community that motivates you. Search social media hashtags or chronicle your progress on Instagram. If you make it public, you’re less liable to slack off.
Take it outside (and then back inside). If you can, change the location where you workout within your home every so often. For example, I started off working out in my bedroom because that’s where I have the most space, then as the weather got warmer I began using the back yard. Sometimes all it takes is a slightly different setting to make things feel fresh.
Measure your results. How you want to do this depends on what your goals are. If you’re trying to lose weight, I strongly suggest using a measuring tape instead of the scale. I had 15 lb to lose after having my son, and weighing myself often derailed my efforts because the muscle I was building made the scale progress painfully slow. When I took body measurements instead, I found the numbers in inches much more satisfying. Photographs, using a favorite pair of jeans as a guide, or taking videos to watch your form progress are also great tools.