How can someone keep themselves motivated while exercising at home?
Try this three-step plan:
Be intentional – have a plan!
Schedule in your workouts! Decide — in advance — the “WWWH” of your workouts:
- What will you do?
- When will you do it?
- Where will you do it?
- How will you make it happen?
Create an environment that serves your goals
Prime your environment so that it “nudges” you to move!! Layout workout clothing before bed. Don’t have unhealthy food in the house. Put a mantra on the fridge that will motivate you to move. Something like. Print out your workout program so that it reminds you to work out. It is way too easy to “forget” to move!! Create a home gym. Invest in a few interesting pieces of equipment so you don’t get bored. The equipment doesn’t need to be expensive, just varied enough to ward off boredom.
Find things you enjoy — or at least that you don’t hate
Put on some music and dance around! Play semi-active games with your kids such as hide and seek — these types of games may not be a workout, but they require more activity than watching TV. and will help everyone stay fit. Remember, all motion adds up!
Final note, say “fork it” to perfectionism!! Think “done is better than perfect”. Aim for CONSISTENT DAILY motion!! Consistency is what matters.