Whether a gym membership is too pricey or you woke up too late to hit your favorite yoga class, you can still get in a good workout at home. The hardest part is getting beyond all the distractions and responsibilities and having the willpower to get your sports bra on and get to it. Here are some ways to inspire those home workouts, so they actually happen.
- Don't clean up: I'm referring to your fitness gear here. Have a designated area devoted to home workouts and leave your equipment out. It doesn't have to be a large space, just enough room for a mat, some weights, your laptop for watching videos, or a fitness ball. Or leave dumbbells and a resistance band by the couch — seeing your gear out will turn on a little switch and remind you to use them.
- Designate a drawer: We've all had that moment where you're running around your house trying to find the missing match to your favorite pair of wicking socks, and you get so frustrated and waste so much time that you end up missing the workout. Don't let not having an outfit to wear keep you from exercising. Keep one of your dresser drawers organized neatly with a variety of clean fitness clothes, so you can easily find what you need, put it on, and get sweating.
- Bedroom yoga: Keep a yoga mat unrolled on your bedroom floor next to your bed. Once you're in your PJs with your teeth brushed, it's hard not to step on the mat without hopping on for some pre-bedtime stretching. Here's a relaxing yoga sequence to help you drift off to sleep.
- Pin it: There are tons of printable workout posters available, from seven-minute HIIT workouts to five-minute leg workouts to plank workouts for your core. Print them out and hang them up in your home gym or on the wall next to the TV to inspire some strengthening moves, even if you only have a few minutes.
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- Wear it to bed: If you're a before-work kind of exerciser and have a tough time not hitting the snooze button when your alarm goes off, it may help to wear some or all of your outfit to bed. That way, when you wake up, you'll feel guilty slipping off your workout gear if you haven't even used it.
- New tunes: Something as simple as a rockin' new playlist may be just the thing to get you motivated to move. Or download an audiobook or save your fave TV show so you'll have a little distraction on your home treadmill or bike.
- Keep a record: A visual goes a long way, so find a way to record your workouts, whether it's in a fitness journal, on a huge poster on your fridge, or with red stars on a calendar. You can also keep a jar on the counter and put five bucks in it every time you finish a workout (more for harder workouts). At the end of the month, you can take the money and buy a reward, such as a new fitness top or a massage. Seeing a visual of how many workouts you've completed will inspire you to keep at it.