How To Stay Motivated To Consistently Workout At Home.
While there are many benefits of working out at home, it can be quite challenging to consistently workout – without going to the gym. Although I personally enjoy to workout at home, I completely get it. The lack of motivation, the distractions, and the little to no availability of equipment make it difficult to remain motivated or consistent. However, it’s not impossible. The key to having a successful workout at home is not in the location you’re in, or in the equipment you own, but rather in your preparation, mentality and attitude. Today, I’ll be sharing my tips on how you can stay motivated to consistently workout at home when you can’t go to the gym!
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TIP #1 – SET GOALS AT HOME.
First things first, you have to set goals for yourself. Ask yourself: Why do I want to workout?” and “What do I want to accomplish?” It’s important that you know why you are working out. Goals can’t be set unless you know what you want.
Why do you want to workout?
- To lose weight?
- Get stronger?
- Become more fit?
- To improve your physical and mental health?
Or, do you want to workout just because everyone else is? Because it’s the “cool” thing to do. Please take a moment to reflect. If you don’t know why should even spend any of your time working out, here are 5 reasons why you should workout. Once you have figured out what you want to accomplish from exercising, set goals for yourself. Tony Robbins once said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”
Workout Goal Ideas:
- Lose x amount of pounds
- Gain muscle
- Be able to accomplish (_____)
- Workout x amount of times a week/month/year
- Tone arms, abs, legs, etc
TIP #2 – CREATE AN AT HOME WORKOUT PLAN.
Since you’re working out at home (and not the gym), you need all of the help you can get in order to stay motivated to consistently workout. There are no trainers or friends to push you, so you need to push yourself. In order to be able to successfully execute a goal, you need to have a plan. In this case, a workout plan.
A workout plan should consist of the following:
- The amount of days you plan to workout every week
- How long each workout should last
- The kind of workout routine you will follow
- The muscles you want to train
You can create your own at-home workout plan by clicking here! A workout plan is important because it helps you bring your fitness goals to paper (and then reality!)
TIP #3 – SCHEDULE YOUR AT HOME WORKOUTS.
One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when working out at home is working out without a schedule. It’s so hard to be consistent when you are working out at different times everyday. You can’t workout at 5am today, 9pm tomorrow, 3pm the next day, and expect to remain consistent the following weeks. It’s so easy to get distracted and unmotivated at home when there are dozens of other activities to do.
Creating a schedule helps you workout consistently, even when you are not feeling motivated to workout. Therefore, you have to set time apart for your workouts.
Choose a time that works best for you and block this time for workouts. Do not choose a time that you won’t be able to be consistent with. For example, I workout at 9 P.M because I am usually free of any obligations at this time! So, whether or not I am feeling motivated to workout, I still complete my workouts because it is part of my schedule. Trust me, there has never been a time that I have regretted a workout!
TIP #4 – CREATE A FITNESS SPACE AT HOME.
Replacing the gym is not easy, but creating an environment that is gym-like at home is absolutely possible. Creating an environment that resembles the gym (even if just by a little) will help you take your workouts seriously and give you the illusion that you are at the gym. Well, an empty gym, haha. If you are able to do so, choose an area in your home where you can workout in and turn it into your own little at-home gym.
Ideas of what to include in your at-home gym:
- Yoga mat
- Stretching straps
- Yoga ball
- Resistance bands
- Workout bag
- Water bottles
- Post-workout snacks
Tip #5 – INDULGE IN FITNESS CONTENT.
The more you know about fitness, the more motivated you will be to consistently workout and the more successful your performance will be in the long run. Why do you think make-up artists know so much about makeup and makeup techniques? Because they are indulging in makeup-related content from left to right – watching make up tutorials, reading beauty blogs, and following make-up artists/influencers.
The entire web is filled with an incredible amount of fitness content. And most of it is completely FREE. All you have to do is look for it and make the best out of it.
Ideas on how to take advantage of fitness content:
- Subscribe to fitness channels on YouTube + follow their workout videos (here are 5 of my favorite fitness channels on YouTube)
- Watch fitness-related videos on YouTube (tips to follow, mistakes to avoid, fitness journey, etc)
- Look up workout videos on YouTube
- Follow fitness influencers on Instagram + save their workouts
- Subscribe to fitness blogs
- Read fitness blogs + learn what you can about fitness
TIP #6 – BE DISCIPLINED.
I strongly believe that you need discipline in order to be successful at anything in life. Motivation is not enough to keep you going because motivation comes and goes. You may feel motivated to workout on certain days, while you may be discouraged to workout on other days. I’ll let you in on a secret, there is not a single fitness influencer, advocate, sensation, or trainer on this planet that is motivated to workout every single day. No one is. We all have days where we don’t want anything to do with fitness. Which is why, when motivation lacks, discipline comes in.
What is discipline?
Here are a few of my favorite quotes on Discipline:
- “Discipline is being able to force yourself to do something, in spite of how you feel, over and over again until it becomes a habit.” – Kim Brenneman
- “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments” -Jim Rohn
- “Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret” -Unknown
TIP #7 – REWARD YOURSELF.
Lastly, reward yourself! Rewards give you something to look forward. Plus, they also give you something to work for. You can’t receive a reward without working for it.
Motivate yourself to consistently workout with a well-deserved reward. Key word: well-deserved. Reward yourself after successfully accomplishing one of your fitness goals. Remember, your reward should not sabotage or interfere with your fitness progress. For example, don’t reward yourself with a pizza after every single workout, but instead reward yourself with pizza after completing 20 workouts in a month. The reward is meant to motivate you, not interfere with your fitness goals.
As you can see, although challenging, it is definitely possible to consistently workout at home, with the proper mentality and attitude. I hope you found these tips helpful.
Until next time,