How To Get the Most Out Of Your At-Home Workout Routine
I’ve been exercising in the comfort of my own home since 2015.
Being able to get my sweat on and lose weight without the necessity of a gym membership is possible, and brings me much joy.
If you are wanting to get in a good workout from home, but you just don’t know where or how to begin, look no further!
Below, I will give you the tips and practices that have helped me get the most out of my at-home workout routines.
I’m hoping they’ll help you, too!
1. make a plan
What time of the day will you exercise?
What routine will you be doing?
How many days per week will you exercise?
It’s hard working towards something when you have no idea of what you’ll be doing to get there.
So, asking yourself these simple questions will help you create action towards your goal.
Set aside some time to figure out the above questions and write down your response.
Note: This tip is one of those things that you don’t need to allow yourself to spend a lot of time thinking about or else you’ll never actually begin.
2. finding your workout space
Having (or creating) a dedicated workout space will kick your mind and body into gear when it’s time to exercise.
As with going to the gym, you know it’s time to get moving when you see surrounding exercise equipment.
You may not have your own workout equipment (yet), but just having that specific place in your home will motivate you to exercise consistently.
My workout routines are usually done in my spare room/office. It is where I keep my weights, stability ball, resistance bands, workout DVD’s, etc. This space is my safe haven.
Other exercise spaces can be in your garage, your backyard, in your living room, or even in your bedroom.
The space you create doesn’t have to be fancy, and you don’t even need a ton of room.
You can always move some furniture around (if that’s what it takes), but as long as you can move your body, any space in your home will work just fine.
You don’t necessarily need exercise equipment to workout from home, but from my experience, I recommend that you invest in any equipment you possibly can.
Whether your home is carpeted or hardwood, having an inexpensive exercise mat will go a long way.
A sore back or knees is the last thing any person wants to experience as a result of being on the floor too long without proper support.
Another benefit of investing in workout equipment is variety.
After a couple of years, I’ve learned to finally enjoy doing cardio exercise routines.
But, I refuse to do it every single time I want to get my sweat on.
Investing in dumbbells, barbell sets, an exercise bench, workout gloves, and resistance bands has helped me foster my love for lifting weights.
Having your own at-home gym equipment will keep things fresh by giving you more than one option to exercise.
4. proper form
There is no personal trainer when you exercise at home, so making sure you perform each exercise with correct form is crucial.
Safety should be the number one priority before beginning any workout routine.
With every routine, keep these things in mind:
- hold in your core
- keep your knees aligned with your toes
- keep your head aligned with your spine
- no jerking
- always land toes first on any exercise that requires jumping
- BREATHE – don’t hold your breath
- focus on the muscle/mind connection
You may have no idea of what I’m talking about on some of the above practices, but trust me when I say that you will almost always hear some (if not all) of these things being said during your routine.
If you are new to exercise, developing these practices will take a while, but don’t be discouraged.
My form has changed a lot over the years, and it’s something I am continuously working to improve.
5. do what you love. love what you do.
In order for your workout to work out for you (pun intended 😉 ), you must find something that is enjoyable.
Doing something you like will motivate you to exercise on the days you plan to.
I’ve tried to stick to exercise routines even when I dreaded it, and it led to me having a negative attitude towards moving my body.
Don’t let that be you.
Find what works best for you, and stick with that no matter if it’s a popular exercise or not.
I enjoy lifting weights to the fullest, so my routines are usually filled with strength training movements.
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6. having healthy intentions
What is your reason for wanting to exercise?
What drives you?
What is your WHY?
Asking yourself these questions will help you figure out what your intentions are and whether or not they are coming from a healthy space.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but it should not be your sole reason to move your body.
I say that because, more times than not, you’ll gain back the weight you lose once you reach your goal.
Dig a little deeper behind “I want to exercise because I want to lose weight”.
Exercise for mental health benefits.
Move your body because it enhances your mood.
Devote to exercise throughout the week because it’s what your body needs to perform at it’s best.
Once you focus on those positive attributes that consistent exercise will bring, I promise the weight loss will come.
7. Discipline is key
I’ll be honest, there will be days when you’ll be motivated to exercise.
There will be days when all you can think about is exercising the next day.
And then, there will be (many) days when you won’t want to do anything at all.
This is where discipline comes in.
When you make a goal to do something (and it doesn’t matter what it is), you can’t rely on motivation to get you there.
If I relied strictly on being motivated as a way to get myself to exercise, I would have given up years ago.
Simply put, motivation will come and go.
But, you have to be disciplined and dedicated enough to do what you said you would do, no matter what.
Discipline is what will lead you to long-term success.
8. cute workout clothes
When I started exercising from home years ago, I wore old clothes found around the house.
My fitness wardrobe consisted of my husband’s baggy shirts and shorts.
Don’t get me wrong, it got the job done, but I’ll be honest, buying cute workout clothes made me want to get the job done even more.
Seeing myself looking the part made me feel good, and boosted my self-esteem.
I shop on a budget, so my favorite places to get my workout attire is: WalMart (they have stepped up their game!), Five Below, Burlington Coat Factory, and Marshall’s.
9. step away from the scale
Weighing yourself can be a way to measure your progress, but in my opinion, it’s not the best way.
The scale is one of those things that can be bad if you allow it to consume you.
One day you may step on the scale and love the numbers that you see.
The next day, you step on the scale and get disappointed and question your progress because you see numbers you don’t like.
The emotions that the scale can bring reminds me of a see-saw; one minute you’re up, then you’re down.
Use the scale for data purposes only, because as Jordan Syatt said, “that’s all it is. Data.”
Your weight is continuously fluctuating throughout the day, so don’t only use the scale to measure the progress you’ve made.
Taking plenty of pictures, measuring yourself, and how clothes fit are all great ways to track progress.
you can do this!
Exercising from home is easier said than done, but it’s possible.
Find a routine that works best for you, stick to the time you said you will workout, and give yourself time to adjust.
Making it a habit won’t happen overnight, but the more consistent and disciplined you are, the easier it’ll become.
Keep going. I believe in you!