Home workouts have been a popular choice for many when it comes to fitness for years now. Whether someone hasn’t been able to afford the gym, or isn’t comfortable in public there are a plethora of programmes, equipment and websites dedicated to help getting people fit and healthy. With gyms and public areas closed right across the globe, more and more people are finding themselves working out from home or running and walking through their local streets. Maybe you’ve found yourself without that gym membership, or PT session, that you rely on to keep motivated every week or maybe you’ve decided that this time to yourself is the right time to begin your fitness journey. Whatever the case may be, I thought I’d share my top four tips for keeping motivated and fit from home.
Keep a routine
I’m sure everyone has been told at one point or another how beneficial it can be for productivity to remain in or create a routine. For example, my work are advising to stick to the regular schedule that we would at work. It may not be possible to stick to your exact routine, or perhaps you never had one in the first place. When it comes to fitness and working out, it can be easy to decide that you simply do not have time to work out today. Unfortunately there is no magic pill that will stop you from doing this, but setting a routine can help. Some suggestions: stick to working out at the exact same time you always do and do similar workouts to what you would be doing at that time. If you do cardio some days and weights others, stick to that routine. If you don’t already have a routine or feel like changing the routine up a bit, why not incorporate your workout into your commute time or lunch break (if you’re working from home) or set a new time to work out, it’s up to you whether you’re a morning or evening person.
If you’re already someone who has a fitness routine this will be something you probably already do. I’m not talking about a hardcore sweat session every day, but keep moving! That might mean you go on a walk, or a bike ride, maybe you roller-skate – it really doesn’t matter, just keep it going every day! On average, it takes just over two months for a person to form a new habit. It will be hard to stay on track before this, and you will probably have a couple of days where you ‘fall off the band wagon’ but don’t stress! The more you keep taking steps to keep fit, the easier it’ll become.
Doing the same thing every day can get monotonous and be de-motivating, but if that’s your jam then do whatever you like! I find that variety has me looking forward to. Some things that I do to keep myself motivated are: yoga, walks, interval sprints, weight sessions, online fitness classes and more. If online fitness classes are your jam, check out some fit-fluencers who post free sessions to their social media as well as having paid programs. Chris Hemsworth is also currently offering free trials with his online fitness program. One program I’ve been using a lot is this yoga program, they offer a range of programs and sessions. I started using it as a pain management tool for my back and have since started using it as a work out and to increase my flexibility! They’re currently offering 50% off off of their Elite program, but also offer programs for as little of $9 a month!
I’m not going to preach to you about the importance of diet, you already know that. What I will say is that when I eat bad, I lack motivation. I generally eat what I want and am not too restrictive in what I eat, strict dieting has never been good for me (I’ve previously suffered with an eating disorder and wrote about my experience with recovery here) but I certainly make sure I eat well as often as possible.
If you’re interested in joining a group to motivate each other and take part in weekly challenges, let me know by commenting below and I’ll get in touch!
You can read all of my isolation tips here!