In recent months, working from home shifted from a luxury to a societal norm. With the rise of more people taking their professional careers from the office to the abode, the saying “keep it casual” is almost too easy when you physically aren’t showing up somewhere. With comfy sweatpants replacing ties and business suits, it is important to remember not to let yourself get too comfortable.
Staying active and keeping your wellness as a priority is crucial to support a healthy lifestyle, but due to the pandemic hitting the nation with thousands of gyms closing to help slow down the spread of disease, it can be a little tough to say the least.
If you are one of the millions that is experiencing the closure of your favorite gym, you are probably worried about staying in shape – and we don’t blame you! For many, getting to the gym before the shut-down was difficult enough. The good news is that we are here to help with 3 secrets to working out at home.
Set a schedule and stick to it!
While 24 hours may seem like a good chunk of time, the truth is that it almost never feels like enough. The best way to get started from working out at home is by setting a schedule. Find a set time each day and dedicate it to exercise – and stick to it!
Consistency is by far the most important part of any workout program. It doesn’t matter if you invest thousands of dollars into a fancy exercise machine or if you run a hundred miles one time… over a month ago. One of the best secrets to working out at home is setting a schedule and sticking to it. Consistency is key.
Find a workout routine that works for you
Setting your dedicated time to fitness is only half the battle. The real fun comes from the actual workout. To keep yourself on track, it is important to find effective exercise that keeps you motivated. Whether you enjoy watching popular exercise tapes to help build buns of steal or if you favor rowing at home workouts that offer an intense heart pumping exercise from an indoor rower, it is important to find something works for you and tickles your fancy. Think about it this way – if you absolutely cant stand to run, but force yourself to wake up and do it every morning, how long do you think you will stick to that routine? Probably, not very long.
Keep a positive mindset and find accountability
Setting a schedule and finding a workout routine that works best for you may be important, but so is keeping a healthy mindset! Whether you are stuck working from home for personal reasons or are under mandatory orders to do so, it is easy to fall into negative pitfalls. To avoid this, find a friend or family member to keep you accountable, cheering you on throughout your fitness journey! By nature, people do not enjoy letting others down so having a partner can help to keep a smile on your face while keeping you on track. In fact, a study conducted by the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University found that couples who exercise separately, had a 43% dropout rate, while those who exercised together only had a 6.3% dropout rate.
Working out from home doesn’t have to be an impossible feat. Sure, it may take awhile to adjust, but once you set a schedule, find a routine that works for you and find accountability, you just might never want to workout at your local gym again!