Wow, what a year. Considering all that 2020 has introduced to us, there’s never been a better time to take a look inside of ourselves and recalibrate. With many gyms closing, it’s an opportunity to create a home workout routine that helps you maintain your bliss, mental fortitude and gratitude for your health. This post; 4 Tips: Fitness Motivation for Home Workouts will get you closer to generating a home workout routine that will help you thrive during quarantine.
That said, this blog post felt important for me to contribute to you because I know first hand how vital it is for me to maintain my fitness motivation for home workouts. They keep me thriving and happy. It’s all about tapping into that flowstate; from there, the rest feels easy. Isn’t getting started always the hardest part? Once you’re moving, the endorphins and physiology behind the brain + body connection keeps the ball rolling.
4 Tips: Fitness Motivation for Home Workouts
1. Know Yourself.
Knowing what works for you as a unique individual is a great place to start. Just because a 5 mile run works for some folks doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for everyone. Take an inventory of any current limitations (injuries, mobility issues) and start placing your focus on creating from that place. This will help insure that your fitness routine has some staying power. If you do a fitness protocol that was recommended to you by someone else, but doesn’t work for you, then what is it good for? It’s all about adapting workouts to best suit you.
2. Be creative!
You can get a really challenging home workout in using no weights or equipment at all. Just think of plank holds, push ups, lunges, squats, toe tumps (jump roping without a rope). You can do something as simple as moving through a circuit of those movements, doing as many as possible in a row to failure. If you have the resources, you can also invest in some home gym equipment that will provide you with a whole other training dimension. I’ve enjoying having a weighted jump rope at home to increase the challenge. The key is to do the best you can with what you have. Youtube is an incredible resource for being creative, as well. Crossfit workouts can be a good place to start for workout structure, as you can always scale or modify movements.
3. Be consistent.
It’s tempting when you feel that burst of fitness motivation to be a hero and do a ton of exertion in one day. It can be helpful to remember, though, that consistency is the fuel that will be continually fruitful. When you are consistent, you will experience the better moods, elevated fitness and increased energy levels on an ongoing basis. Also, remember that small efforts add up to big gains, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. Commit yourself to doing something small every single day. Taking off small bites will help eliminate the need for days of rest, as you won’t develop soreness you have to nurse.
4. Utilize online communities.
In times of solitude, you may find that you miss having a sense of community. While you may currently have limitations on physically being in the presence of a workout community, there are many great ones online. From accountability groups to workout methods, there’s something for everyone, regardless of your fitness avenue. I really enjoy Melissa Wood Health’s Yoga/Pilates classes that she offers thru her app & website. She also has a wonderful community and wellness tribe on Instagram.