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6 Ways to Stay Motivated Working Out at Home
It is important to stay motivated when working out, but it can become difficult after some time. It’s not unusual for people to lose their motivation for working out or losing weight simply because these activities can get boring and it can take a lot of time to make a difference in your body.
However, there are certain things that you can do to change this situation. People make mistakes, and these mistakes are especially tricky if you don’t even know if it’s a mistake. We’re here to help you out and show you some guidance. Here are a few tips on how to stay motivated while working out at home!
1. Make a schedule
Planning ahead is probably the best thing you can do when you decide to work out at home. Schedules are important because they let you plan the rest of your day and divide time evenly. You can choose to do workouts in the morning and evening, or you can choose to do one big session in the middle of the day. Whatever your choice may be, it’s much easier with a schedule. Oh and don’t deviate from your schedule – you will lose your motivation this way, and you will most likely start procrastinating. Stick to your schedule but also be a tiny bit flexible so you can make changes on the dime!
2. Find a workout partner
The gym is usually the place where you can find other people working with out with, but if you’re working out at home, how do you find the company to help keep you motivated or overcome the boredom that can set in working out at home?
Well, it’s fairly easy! You don’t have to invite someone each and every day, but try to have a workout partner at least twice a week when you are working out at home. Having someone working out alongside you is great, and it’s a motivation boost and prevent boredom of working out alone.
3. Change your couch potato mentality
Couch potatoes are people who love sitting on a couch and simply watching TV. Of course, this isn’t the only example, and this doesn’t mean that those people are bad or that being a couch potato is bad. I find it interesting and relaxing, but I don’t practice this.
Anyway, if you’re still a couch potato, it might be time to change that. Couch potatoes have a hard time working out and moving because it requires them actually to be physically active – and there’s nothing better than relaxing (in their mind at least)! So get up and start sweating – your body won’t become very healthy by itself!
4.Think fun and add variety to your home workout routine
Repeating the same exercise is boring and will most likely cause you to lose motivation. Instead of simply repeating the same workouts, change it up a bit! Add something fun, include a lot of variety, and simply make it interesting for yourself.
You shouldn’t have to do something that’s boring so help yourself make the workout session as enjoyable as possible! Workout games are also an interesting option or even indoor cycling (if you have an indoor cycling machine).
5. Set realistic workout goals
Lots of people set work goals when working out at home that they simply cannot reach, and when they realize that they will inevitably fail, they lose all hope and motivation and eventually stop working out.
Don’t be that person and tell yourself that you can do it.
Also, instead of setting impossible goals, set realistic ones, even if it means going slower than expected at first and increase your goals overtime as you see results. Losing weight or improving your overall health isn’t something that happens overnight so don’t expect massive changes in a short period.
6. Track your progress
You won’t even know how well you’re doing if you don’t track your progress. We recommend finding apps or gadgets that help monitor the progress for you, but if that isn’t what you’re interested in, it’s fine if you simply write your progress on a piece of paper.
There are several free apps you can download to your cell phone or laptop computer that will help you track your workout progress.
Jennifer O’Neal is a lifelong cyclist, enjoying the thrill of an outdoor ride as much as the one on her indoor cycling bike. She regularly contributes to allexercisebikes.net, a leading provider of exercise bike reviews and education.