A lot of people tell me they’d never be able to stick to a home exercise program because they won’t make themselves do it. I get it. It’s not for everyone. Some people genuinely need the group energy of a class atmosphere to thrive. But for loners like me, home exercise programs like BBG, Tone It Up, or 21-Day Fix can help form healthy habits that transform bodies and increase overall health.
That said, I still suffer from motivation deprivation at times. Here are five tips for staying consistent:
- iCal yourself. I pick a time of day to work out and stick to it. If I’m feeling particularly unmotivated I will put it on my calendar and set a reminder for 5 minutes before so I remember. Then I force myself to stop whatever I’m doing and work out.
- Pick a program that progresses. Following an exercise plan will not only help you get the results you’re after, it will also keep things interesting so you’ll want to work out.
- Join or create an accountability group. The Beachbody programs are especially strong in this department, but you don’t have to tether yourself to a coach to find a community that motivates you. Search social media hashtags or chronicle your progress on Instagram. If you make it public, you’re less liable to slack off.
- Take it outside (and then back inside). If you can, change the location where you workout within your home every so often. For example, I started off working out in my bedroom because that’s where I have the most space, then as the weather got warmer I began using the back yard. Sometimes all it takes is a slightly different setting to make things feel fresh.
- Measure your results. How you want to do this depends on what your goals are. If you’re trying to lose weight, I strongly suggest using a measuring tape instead of the scale. I had 15 lb to lose after having my son, and weighing myself often derailed my efforts because the muscle I was building made the scale progress painfully slow. When I took body measurements instead, I found the numbers in inches much more satisfying. Photographs, using a favorite pair of jeans as a guide, or taking videos to watch your form progress are also great tools.
Do you work out at home? How do you stay consistent? I don’t pretend to have all the answers and could always benefit from tucking a few new tricks up my sleeve!