Although certain aspects of being quarantined due to the coronavirus may seem attractive to some — after all, who doesn’t like working from home in a manly pink Snuggie? — let’s be honest: it’s hard to find the motivation to exercise.
Apart from the Snuggie (there’s not much give in those things), home is where the heart is, not the lat pulldown machine — at least in most cases.
Home is also where the couch is… and the TV… and the refrigerator… oh, the refrigerator.
So, if you’re struggling trying to find the oomph to work out, here are some tips to keep you on the fitness track:
- Set a time and stick with it.
Most of us maintain at least a semblance of a schedule when we go to the gym, so whatever yours is, stick with it. Nothing will cause your motivation to wane like exercising at noon one day, at five in the evening the next day, and at four in the morning the day after that. Plus, if you live with someone, they probably won’t appreciate you “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons at the crack of dawn… frankly, no one will.
- Simulate the gym environment.
No, we’re not asking you to invite that guy who’s always on his phone over to your house — he probably doesn’t even know the gym’s closed — but you should emulate some of the things you like about your gym. For example, crank up the music if that helps; wear your gym clothes; maybe even designate one room in your living space as your workout area and scatter weights all around (OK, that last bit might be a little much, but you get the idea).
- Keep your normal supplement routine.
Do what you normally do to get ready for a great exercise session. Keep your eating schedule intact; drink your Bang® Master Blaster® as usual; after your workout, enjoy your Zero Carb SRO whey protein isolate shake right on schedule. Now more than ever, you’re going to need any nutritional boost you can get, so don’t alter what you typically do.
- Be creative.
Unless you have a home gym, you’re going to have to improvise and use some creativity to keep your workouts fresh and, more importantly, diverse. Most people don’t have a leg press machine or squat rack in their living room (although that would certainly discourage overeating on Thanksgiving); unless you are the exception, you’ll need to find unique ways to isolate the various muscle groups — not only to achieve the results you want, but to avoid overtaxing yourself.
- Take advantage of your new surroundings.
If you’ve ever traveled the country or gone with a friend to their regular gym, you know how rejuvenating it can be to try something new. Sure, there will still be old people in the locker room entirely too comfortable having casual conversations about the weather while completely nude, but the environment, the energy — it’s exhilarating. And you can capture that same feeling at home — hopefully, minus the naked, old people… unless you’re the naked, old person, in which case, you’re stuck with yourself.
- Remember your goals.
Above all, keep in mind why you started working out in the first place. Are you trying to fit into that bathing suit you’ve had your eye on? Are you seeking to look like the Incredible Hulk instead of Bruce Banner? Are you just trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle? Whatever your “why” is, keep it in the forefront of your mind.
Working out from home can be challenging, but, hopefully,
some of these tips will help you stay motivated and, more importantly, dedicated.
Try them out and let us know what you think.