If getting to the gym is half the battle, it should be easier to just work out in the comfort of your own home, right?
Although this option is by far the most convenient, it’s also the hardest option to stay motivated about when you're so close to temptation (as in the couch!)
So here are our top tips that'll motivate you to work out at home, even if you don't feel like it.
1. Find your fit.
We're talking about a routine here, one you're actually going to enjoy doing at home. You don’t need to have any equipment at all, other than your phone/ipad and a mat. Thanks to modern technology, you have access to an endless amount of at-home exercise options over on YouTube, and tons of fitness apps that turn your living room into a fitness studio. Take a moment to think about what sort of exercise or class you’ll enjoy most and with a little bit of internet research you are bound to find something that’s the right fit for you.
2. Pencil it in.
Would you remember to go to your dentist appointment or that family gathering if you didn't add it to your calendar? The same goes for your workouts. Prioritise exercise by blocking out time on your calendar and then planning your days and weeks around those blocks.
3. Set your space.
The tricky part about an at-home workout is that, funnily enough, your home is not a gym. You'll need to make whatever space you have work. If you do have equipment at home that you want to use in your workout, or if you need to move some furniture around to make space, do it well before your scheduled workout (say, the night before if you plan on getting up and working out first thing), so there are no barriers or excuses.
4. Dress for success.
Studies suggest that simply wearing workout gear can help motivate you to exercise. If you plan on working out straight after work, have your workout clothes ready laid out and change into them as soon as you get in the dooe. Likewise, if you want to work out in the mornings, have your clothes laid out ready the night before (or sleep in them if you really have to!). That way you have no excuses later.
5. Use rewards
It's okay to use small rewards to persuade yourself to work out but don’t use cake, pizza and other junk as those rewards! If food is your thing, then say to yourself that you’re going to hold off on eating dinner until after you’ve knocked out a workout. Or use your morning coffee as the reward. Trust us, it works! If food's not your thing, treat yourself to a new pair of trainers or some clothes if you complete all your workouts for a month. You’ll probably need a new wardrobe then anyway ;)
6. Just do half.
When you’re just not feeling it, say to yourself that you'll do just half a workout. Just 10 minutes and you’re done! 10 minutes is better than nothing at all right? Then, eight times out of 10, you’ll end up doing the full workout anyway because all you really needed was to get started.
The Bottom Line
The best way to motivate yourself to work out at home is to find a routine you truly enjoy, so your at home workout doesn't feel like work. Then, control as many factors as you can to set yourself up for success and make it a habit. Sure, the couch looks amazing when you come home after a long day, but sinking into it will feel so much better after you've earned it.