Look, if you haven’t been working out for a while, it’s not easy to find the motivation to start with a home workout. And finding the self-discipline to exercise daily is even more challenging! But fear not, we have six hacks to solve your home workout motivation problem!
Tips on How to Stay Motivated for Home Workouts
Everyone probably feels the need to exercise now and then. Casual workouts that make you sweat are great for both physical and mental health. But here’s the problem: it’s not that easy to find the motivation to squeeze gym hours into your already busy schedule.
One time-saving solution would be to skip the gym and get your routines done at home. This also helps you maintain social distancing as the coronavirus pandemic is still a threat. But with so many temptations and distractions at home, it can become quite difficult to stay focused and overcome procrastination.
What’s the trick? Do you simply need to want it enough? Force yourself to do it three weeks every day until it becomes a habit? Not quite.
Let’s take a look at some more practical tried and proven tips to get you started with your home workout plan and keep you on track.
1. Figure Out Your WHY
One of the main reasons someone is able to achieve their fitness goals (and maintain their health) is knowing their “why.” The big reason behind exercising. Something compelling enough to fuel your training sessions even after months from now.
For younger people, the improved appearance might be enough for motivation. Summer is coming and it feels awesome to have a bikini body. But if you are older, looking good at the beach may not be enough of a reason to motivate you to train consistently.
You need to look deeper. What else do you want from exercising besides fitness?
Less stress? More energy? Lower blood pressure? A healthier lifestyle so that you can live longer? These are all excellent choices to tie your efforts to!
2. Hold Yourself Accountable
It’s easy to procrastinate if you are the only one who knows that you should be starting your home workout routine. So find someone to be your workout buddy. Someone, who is as eager to start training as you are. Make a home workout schedule that you both follow and check in on each other before every training session.
It’s much harder to skip a workout for TV when there’s someone who reminds you of your promises.
3. Put on Your Gym Clothes
It’s tempting to work out in your pajamas, but here’s the thing….What you wear has a direct impact on your exercise performance. The right clothes can boost your motivation, offer protection from injuries, and even improve your performance.
Sure, changing clothes takes some extra time, but it’s well worth it. Dress the part for your daily workout! Find your best running shoes for treadmill and your coolest gym outfit to feel confident and comfortable. This little effort can help make your performance soar!
4. Home Workout Doesn’t Have To Be That Enjoyable
Of course, you can’t keep on doing something you actively dislike. But at the same time, you shouldn’t only pick the sports activities that you enjoy doing. They may not be challenging enough to get you in good shape.
Doing the same repetitive motions can cause overuse injuries. So, variety is best to ensure that you are working all of your large and muscle groups and not doing too much of one thing.
Switching up your speed and your effort level is one great way to push yourself to a higher level of fitness. For instance, if you always walk on the treadmill, try alternating walking 2 minutes and running for 1 minute. Or add weights to your walking routine to work the upper body and increase your cardio.
YouTube is also an excellent place to find ideas for new cardio workouts, yoga routines, and other options.
Keeping your home workout regimen just a little bit uncomfortable also leads you to discover more meaningful enjoyment from training. Getting stronger, feeling good about mastering a move, doing new things with friends are all benefits that come from getting out of your comfort zone.
5. Cover the Walls With Motivating Pictures
Decorate your workout room with images that are going to boost your exercise motivation. These can be posters of bodybuilders that you look up to or inspiration fitness signs. Or maybe you are exercising to be healthier for your loved ones. You can even write little motivating quotes on these posters.
Or maybe you are training to fit into a certain piece of clothing. Hang it somewhere in the training room to keep you motivated. It will be nearly impossible to quit when being surrounded by so many inspirational materials!
6. Keep the Workouts Short and Intense
Look, there is no need to have training sessions that last for several hours. A 15-minute workout can be effective. That’s right! And most of the time, if you set out to do just 15 minutes, once you get into it, you’ll get a burst of energy and end up doing more than you initially planned.
If you are doing a shorter workout though, you need to make those minutes count! An effective 15-minute intense workout should leave you panting and sweating. If needed, use home workout essentials like resistance bands or hand weights to increase the difficulty level.
Here’s a bonus tip…. If you’re trying to lose weight, then make sure you get your heart rate up. You can do this via high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It’s a great training strategy that improves your cardiovascular health, burns fat, and even builds some lean muscle. Always make sure you do a proper warm-up before any strenuous exercise session to avoid injuries.
The bottom line is that working out at home is a great time-efficient (and safe) fitness solution these days. Your home workout equipment may not be as fancy as the machines at your local gym, but it gets the job done. The most important thing is to find enough inspiration to actually start training.
So use this article as a motivation guide to your workouts at home. Keep the sessions short, wear your best training clothes, call up your exercise buddy, etc., and soon you’ll forget about all the distractions around your house. At least for the duration of training!
Remember: you are training for a healthy body and a happy state of mind. What could be more important?
Have you been able to find motivation for a workout at home? Let us know in the comments!
Author’s bio: Thomas Nemel enthusiastic about copywriting and passionate about fitness and cars. He loves to inspire people to achieve their fitness goals and live a healthier life.
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You are so right, it’s hard to be motivated at home. These are good tips. I definitely need to look into doing HIIT.
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Great tips! Definitely need to change into workout clothes- then there’s no excuse!
I definitely need the motivation and I agree with your list. I find that what helps me the most is actually putting those work out clothes on and finding a short work out. If I’m already dressed for it, and I can do it while the kids are eating lunch, I’m more likely to stick with it!
Yes, putting on your workout clothes definitely motivates me to work out. Great article! Thanks for sharing.
Really great tips for working out at home. I have to admit this is one area I tend to struggle with.
Really great tips on getting motivated to work out at home. I have found that 30 minutes to 45 minutes of a yoga flow workd well for me and keeps me motivated to work out regularly
Motivational posters and figuring out my why are great ideas! I have a lot of weight to lose from having my baby last year and these tips helped! Have a great day 👍🏼💕
I like the idea of short workouts. Sometimes it’s easier to fit your workouts in that way.
Keeping the workout short and intense! I actually never thought of that. I’m 5 months postpartum and have gained 60 pounds (lockdown contributed haha) and it’s been so hard to find time and the right consistency to workout but protecting my milk supply as I’m currently breastfeeding. I love short workouts and will try to do something higher intensity to still get that sweat in but not take up too much time.