Home is where you’re most comfortable. Once you’re in the comfort of your own house, it becomes difficult to drag yourself to the gym or the nearest fitness center. Sometimes, however, you still need to visit the gym, especially if you have to use equipment that you don’t have at home.
If you’re really pressed for time and can only do your workouts at home, here’s how you can make them enjoyable:
Set a Place
Just as you would arrange a corner or room for your home office, you will need to section off a spot for your workouts. This helps you associate the location with the activity. You don’t have to permanently turn an area into a mini gym. Use your living room and rearrange the furniture before your workout. This act can help your brain associate your living room as a fitness area instead of a place to binge-watch your favorite shows.
Wear the Outfit
Change into the right exercise clothes as you would at the gym. This will also help get you in the workout mood. When you’re at home, it’s all about tricking your brain to work out and be active. Even if you’re just planning to buy a DVD and follow the videos at home, changing into your best gym clothes will help you look forward to the activity. But, if you’d rather do some cheerleading exercises in a studio with your coach and her cheerleading software, you can also do it from time to time to maximize your workout routine.
Buy the Basics
No, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a new treadmill (it’s better to go running outside, anyway!). Make sure you do have an exercise ball, mat, and jumping ropes nearby. These items will help you carry out most cardio exercises. Purchase a set of weights as well to incorporate strength training even while at home.
Make sure you keep your workouts at home fun and interesting. Switch to new activities every few weeks. If there’s a workout you want to try, there’s almost always a video out there you can purchase. By planning a workout in your house, even homebodies can stay fit and active!