Working out at home is a great way to start a fitness routine when you have a busy schedule.
However, being able to successfully work out at home to get the results that you want will take time. You have to be persistent, dedicated, and self-motivated.
I started my fitness journey close to two years ago and 75% of the time I’m working out at home.
These are the things that I did to help me establish a fitness routine at home.
Stop setting a date and just get started
Setting a start date can work for some things. However, when it comes to working out, you just have to jump in headfirst and get started.
When the date arrives, you’ll have every intention of getting started, but trust me, something will most likely get in the way.
You could be too tired from work, just not in the mood, or decide you need to push it back by a day or two.
So, learn from my mistake, don’t give yourself a start date, as when that date comes, you’ll find a way to wiggle out of it.
Instead, just start and forget the date. Once you make it through the first week, you’ll find it easier to fit working out at home into your schedule.
In my case, one day I had a break at work and was caught up with chores and had some free time. I spent that time working out for 15 minutes and felt so much better afterward. Since I had fit it in one day, the next day it was a lot easier to make the time, and it kept going from there.
Take a look at your diet
While working out at home is one of the first steps to reaching your fitness goals, it’s important to take a look at your diet if you want to get real results.
You can work out 30 minutes or more a day and find yourself gaining weight and inches instead of losing. I don’t know about you, but if I keep up at something for 30 days or more, and get no results it’s hard for me to keep my motivation going for it.
If you have a fitness goal that you’re trying to reach, make sure to take a look at your diet.
For me, I cut out fried foods, limited how much of was ordering out, and started cooking healthy meals at home.
Meal planning has allowed me to lose more than 20 lbs, save money on groceries, and it makes dinner each week easier.
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Use health and fitness apps
Working out at home can be boring and cause you to lose your motivation and energy.
To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, I highly recommend using health and fitness apps.
Alternatively, there’s also the option of working out to fitness videos on YouTube for free.
In my case, I prefer to use fitness apps (currently I’m using OpenFit) as it allows me to interact with the instructors and other real people who are working towards fitness goals as well.
It gives me the vibe of a group workout class, such as Kickboxing, while also allowing me to work out when it’s most convenient for me from home.
The best part is when using a fitness app for your home workout the time flies by and you don’t have to figure what type of exercises to do. Plus, you get to see the exercises being performed in real-time to make sure you’re using the correct form.
Take a long and hard look in the mirror and at the scale
When I first started my fitness journey I had become accustomed to avoiding the mirror.
I didn’t like the numbers on the scale, I hated how my clothes were fitting, and I just couldn’t stomach looking at myself once out of the shower.
I knew I needed to work out, but signing up for a group fitness class wasn’t an option due to my work schedule and consistently paying for a personal trainer wasn’t something I wanted to do either.
Working out at home was something that I’d always toyed around with but never could get it to stick.
However, as I inched closer to 200 lbs on the scale, I knew something had to happen. So, I looked in the mirror pointed out all of my weight flaws, started running on the treadmill daily with OpenFit and doing weight/strength training a few times a week.
At first, the scale didn’t budge, but I became obsessed with doing weekly photos to see if I could see any changes. I noticed my back fat shrinking, my clothes were getting looser, and in just two months I could wear jeans that I hadn’t worn in years.
Bottom line, make the mirror and the scale your friend and create a body that you want to look at!
Be honest with yourself
Have you ever been thinking in your mind, “How did I get here” and start evaluating at which point things started going wrong? This was me one night when I was restless, and I was having a full-blown trip down memory lane trying to figure out how I got to the weight and fitness level that I was currently at.
I used to be very active up until my early twenties, I loved doing kickboxing classes, and I love shopping for fitness wear to keep me motivated to workout.
However, at the start of my fitness journey, I avoided wearing 75% of the items in my closet as I didn’t like how they fit and I avoided going out doing anything fun because of how my clothing fit.
As with my other goals having an honest discussion/reflection with myself helped push me in the right direction of getting back serious about my fitness goals.
Invest in a fitness tracker
Making the decision to purchase an Apple Watch was one of the best things that I did to help kickstart my habit of working out at home daily.
Seriously, guys, fitness trackers are amazing and worth every penny in my opinion!
I’m a very competitive person – even with myself – and the watch brings out my competitive side. I’m always trying to close the circles (exercising for at least 30 minutes is one requirement) and you can even compete with friends.
Each week it gives me a recap of my week and if I’m close to closing a circle it will tell me exactly what I can do to get the circle closed. Plus, it’s always nice when it tells me that I’m way ahead on my “Move Goal” for a certain time of the day.
Overall, if you’re competitive an Apple Watch is a great investment to make.
You can make working out at home part of your routine
I get it, when you’re at home, there are so many other things to do besides workout. As a work at home mom, I’m always busy with working, kids, and doing household chores.
However, if you want to successfully start working out at home, you’ll have to make it a part of your lifestyle and add to your schedule. Maybe this means working out before everyone else is up, exercising while the kids do their homework, or ending your day with some sort of exercise.
Once you make it a routine, you’ll find that you look forward to working out and feel like something is missing from your day if you don’t.
What are your best tips for getting started successfully working out at home?