The idea of home workouts seems to always be easier than the reality. By nature, working out at home is difficult. Finding the time to devote to your workouts and finding workouts that work for you can be challenging, especially if you are starting from scratch like I did.
In my experience, home workouts also require loads of determination because there are always a million other things I could be doing while at home. Add to that the fact that my kids are always at home with me, and it is more than challenging. That being said, I’ve realized that in order to be successful with my home workouts, I have to be prepared.
This is what I did to get myself started with home workouts.
- Define Goals
In order to know where to start, I had to determine where I was going. What did I want to accomplish? Did I want to be lean and toned? Ripped and muscular? Able to keep up with my children? Lose weight? Get healthy? The answer to these questions helped me determine the type of exercise to choose.
We all have different fitness goals, and it’s okay to be honest about those goals. I want to build confidence, to get healthier, to regain my love of fitness, to have some “me” time and to be able to wear shorts and a swimsuit this summer! That may sound like a lot, but once I started working out consistently, all of it became possible!
I found that writing my fitness goals on paper and hanging them somewhere helped me to focus more on them each day. The bathroom mirror was my spot of choice!
- Explore the Options
In today’s world, workout options are endless. YouTube videos, fitness DVDs/Blu-Rays, complete fitness programs with meal plans, fitness machines in your home, parks, hiking trails, neighborhood streets/sidewalks, boot camp meet-ups, stairs in your home…the list just goes on and on.
Of the many possibilities, there are several different types of workouts including Pilates, Yoga, kettle bell workouts, P90x, Taebo (used to LOVE this!), Zumba, aerobics, dance, Fitbit challenges or pretty much anything I can think of. I like that I can mix it up so that I don’t become bored.
I happen to love Pilates, but I am really starting to take an interest in kettle bell workouts. They look fun to me, and they can work your entire body in just ten minutes!
- Spend a Little Money
Yoga and Pilates workouts need a mat. Tennis shoes are necessary for cardio. I found that I couldn’t commit to my workouts if I lacked the appropriate equipment, and any excuse I have makes it easier for me to fail.
I always have to remember that just because I’m working out at home doesn’t mean I can be lax on my safety. I have to wear and use the right stuff!
When I began my home workouts, I realized quickly that my shoes were not going to cut it. They are over three years old, and the support is all but gone. Did I want to pay for new shoes at that moment? NO! Thankfully though, my budget allowed a little bit of flexibility in the miscellaneous category so I was able to get what I needed. It’s amazing how fast my feet stopped hurting once I had some good shoes!
- Find Motivation
My children were a good motivator for me since I want to be healthy to watch them grow up. Things like the atmosphere and setting of a fitness program help me a lot. I also love it when workout videos are in bright, colorful spaces or in front of the ocean. Upbeat music and lively instructors also help to pump me up and keep me going. Other motivators include health concerns, weight loss, confidence or just about anything else I can think of.
Without motivation, I know I would surely fail so it’s important for me to remember why I want to get fit.
I even found motivation in starting a blog. I found that if I need to write about my fitness journey, then I have to keep up with my workouts. I can’t write blog posts about my home workouts when I’m not doing any workouts! You can find more about my reason for blogging here.
- Remove Thoughts of Perfection
Life happens and gets in the way. I like to let if get me down, but I know that is the worst thing I could do. I just try to do the best I can and keep going! When I work out at home, there are numerous interruptions, and that’s okay. I just know it ahead of time and go with it!
My workouts usually consist of my son rolling under my feet and my daughter waking up from her naps. This is really hard for me because I’m a perfectionist so I don’t like it when things are messy. I have really had to change my expectations to allow me to be comfortable with interruptions. If I can do it though, I know you can do it!
This probably sounds cliché, but it’s the answer to most people’s workout struggles. Committing to sticking with workouts is a hard thing to do, but if I want it, I must commit. Progress requires hard work!
“Failure is Not an Option!” is one of my favorite quotes. (Science nerd here so of course I referenced a popular phrase used by NASA.) I have made this my workout motto. If I don’t give myself the option to fail, then I will succeed. Trying is succeeding! The only way you fail is if you give up!
Good luck with your fitness journey! Just know that I’m rooting for you!