Opting for an at-home workout might seem like the perfect way to simplify your life and streamline your day. But as convenient as it may sound at first, you might find that you’re met with a slew of obstacles standing in your way. Sure, you won’t have to hit the pavement or drive to the gym, but with seasons of Netflix shows to catch up on and laundry piling up, it’s easy to get sidetracked.
Here are a few suggestions to keep you on the right track when working out from home starts to lead you astray.
Stock up on workout videos.
Whether you have a collection of DVDs or you download them from the web, having professionally-led instructions to go by will give you structure and motivation when you’re not in a class setting. Get recommendations and read reviews to find the workout that best fits your needs.
Create the proper setting.
If you’re working out among a host of your kid’s toys or household clutter, not only do you run the risk of injury, but you’ll also have a more difficult time getting into the fitness mindset. Experts recommend sanctioning off at least a 5-foot by 5-foot space, putting down a mat for shock absorption, and gathering any workout extras (like barbells or resistance bands) in one easy-to-reach place.
Sneak an exercise in.
The best thing about an at-home workout is that you can structure it any way you choose. Don’t have an hour to devote to a workout video? Spread your workout throughout the day, and let the moments of short fitness bursts pile up. Do standing pushups against the kitchen counter while you wait for dinner to cook, do leg exercises with small weights while you peruse the web, or lift dumbbells while watching TV at night.
Consider purchasing a fitness device such as a Fitbit if you frequently exercise from home. Since solo workouts tend to lack the motivation found in group settings, interactive devices like a Fitbit can link you with friends who will hold you accountable by sending “cheers” and “taunts” and holding competitions.