With the cost of living shooting up, many people are giving up their gym memberships. Households need to cut back on non-essential spending, and paying fifty dollars or more each month can really add up.
This doesn’t mean you have to put your fitness goals on the back burner, however, because it is perfectly possible to work out at home for free. There are loads of online workouts you can use to help you, many of which require no equipment at all. Or you can just strap on your trainers and get out for a brisk jog.
But when you’re left to your own devices, it can be hard to summon up the motivation. At least when you’re part of a gym you feel inclined to go regularly to justify the financial expense. Plus there is such a huge variety of equipment and classes that you can never get bored. At home, on the other hand, it’s easy to put off your sweat session until later. There are always distractions and excuses, kids running around, or emails to respond to. It requires a lot more effort to get started.
If this sounds like you, you may just need a slight push in the right direction. In order to get the most out of your home workouts, here are three ways to motivate yourself.
Set a schedule
When you know you can workout in your front room, any time you like, a sense of schedule goes out the window. This gives you no accountability so it’s no surprise you are struggling to motivate yourself. Set aside time in your diary for a few workouts each week. Schedule them around your other commitments and treat them with the importance you would a work meeting or a doctor’s appointment. Once they are penciled in, you have no reason to bail.
Create a workout space
Working out at home means you have to make do with what you’ve got. You probably end up using whatever free space you can find in your living room or bedroom. But actually creating a dedicated home gym is a great way to put you in the fitness mindset. You don’t have to spend huge amounts of money on expensive squat racks and other machinery, but a few pieces of essential kit like dumbbells and resistance bands can go a long way. If you are fortunate enough to have a spare room, attic, basement, or garage, you could turn this into your workout space. Tidy it up, add some floor coatings, equipment, and storage solutions, and you’ve got yourself a home gym.
Set fitness goals
Having a target to aim for makes it much easier to summon up the willpower. Set yourself a fitness goal such as running a marathon, losing ten pounds, or being able to lift a certain weight. Make sure you give yourself a time deadline to reach your goal, and track your progress along your journey. It will be incredibly satisfying to see your fitness improve and you will soon feel much stronger and healthier.