home workout motivation
Ever since I put on an additional 40 pounds, I had made it my goal on March 15, the day after my birthday, to get serious about my weight loss. But with my gym closing around the same time due to the quarantine, I had absolutely no motivation to workout at home.
See, working out at home was something I used to do when I was 15 up until I joined my first gym at 18. Before the gym, I remember cutting out the exercise articles from my seventeen magazines every month and gluing them to a notebook to make an exercise book.
But it’s been years since then.
And after weightlifting for years, I thought home workouts were a waste of time. I thought progress was impossible with at-home exercises because I mean, how much can you do when you only have a 15-pound dumbbell. I thought to myself that even if I did have the barbells and plates to work with, I couldn’t commit to working out at home. Why? The motivation just wasn’t there for me.
Well, it’s almost been a month, and I’ve committed to working out 5-6 days a week at home and getting 10,000 steps in a day. I’m incredibly shocked, proud, and excited to keep this going.
Now, that’s something I never thought I would say, but if you’re having a hard time figuring out how to stay motivated and commit to working out at home, here are a couple of things I’ve done to stay motivated.
Why I workout from home
With everything that has been going on, you almost feel like you don’t have control over much.
I honestly underestimated how long this shutdown would last and used it as an excuse to extend my start date. But to be honest, I felt guilty in my gut because I was looking forward to getting back on track with my new goals, and instead, I was caving in back to my old habits.
Do you realize that? Sometimes you choose to do something not because you want to but because it’s a habit.
I knew working out from home was going to be tough, but I started anyway.
How to stay motivated to workout at home
Follow a routine
I’m a huge advocate of following a training program, and because this was my first time working out from home in over ten years, I wanted to do it right. I joined an eight-week challenge that has me working out 4 – 6 days a week, depending on how many rest days I want to take.
So far, it’s great! And I love that a lot of the women in the group are also working out from home.
So, how do you get motivated to work out alone?
If working out from home is new to you, try joining a challenge or following a training program with a friend that’s also working out from home.
commit to a Schedule
It’s almost been a year since I started my debt-free journey, and because of that, I have two jobs. However, with the order not to come into work until further notice means I am not working at the restaurant right now. I am thankful to be able to work from home with my day job, but I am also not used to having so much free time.
It makes it easier to be on social media longer than usual, binge shows on Netflix, or stay in bed longer.
And while working from home sounds like a dream. It takes discipline and structure. Because I am accessible to my computer at all times, it was tough to step away from work and schedule MY time.
After a couple of tweaks, here’s a glimpse of my schedule.
I’m only showing you my morning schedule because that’s when I like to workout.
7 AM: work on my blog
8 AM – 8-45 -9:00 ish AM – workout
9:00 – 9:30 AM take my online bachata classes
9:30 – 11:30 work
11:30 – 12 or 12:30ish – Eat
Mondays and Thursdays are my busiest workdays, so I usually use those as my rest days and focus on hitting my step count for the day.
set up your home gym space
My room isn’t big, but I have enough space to set a mini home gym and do what I need to do. I lay out my yoga mat every morning with the few dumbbells I have and get to it. I always have my laptop out with my workout of the day, the google timer going, and Spotify playing music on my Bluetooth speaker.
A clean space is always better.
Make this your year and the year of no excuses.
You’ll want to quit.
No matter how hard it may feel at times, there has to come a time when you have to think about your why! Why do you want to do this?
There have been days where I’m working out and can’t believe I got to this point. I feel discouraged and almost want to throw my hands in the air and say what’s the point. But I haven’t and I won’t.
Stop with the excuses and show up for yourself every day. How far can you challenge yourself?
blast your music and set the mood
I found that the best time for me to get my workout in the morning. So I set my alarm for 6:45 AM, and by 7 AM, I force myself to open my laptop and start writing.
As it gets closer to 8, I’ll start playing my favorite bachata playlist while I change into my workout clothes and get going.
Try having a playlist with your favorite music, ready to go. I love dancing, so playing Latin music gets my body moving and warmed up.
I genuinely love making short videos. They’re fun and encouraging and great to look back at the progress you’ve made.
I usually record bits and pieces of my workout then upload them to Instagram with music. It’s almost like I’m keeping myself accountable by showing up.
Plus, you interact with a lot of people that are getting their workout in as well. If you’re still shy about posting on social media like I was, you can make a short video for yourself.
You can almost say it’s kind of, like a personal diary.
Tips to working out with at home with no motivation Conclusion
Because my gym is closed, working out from home was something I had not planned to do. I did not know how I was going to commit to working out at home.
But, after close to a month of working out from home, I’ve been able to figure out different ways to stay motivated to work out at home, and I’m incredibly proud of how far I’ve come.
2020 is the last year in my 20’s, and I made it my personal goal to get in better shape. I’ve been able to do what I thought was impossible by joining a challenge and showing up for myself every day.
Have you committed to working out from home during these times? If so, what are you doing to keep motivated to work out at home? I would love to hear some at home workout inspiration.
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