A good fitness routine is all about the basics – and you don’t need a gym membership or your own equipment to get in shape. However, staying motivated to work out can be hard. And it can be even harder to find motivation to work out at home when the couch is calling your name.
Despite the potential distractions, it’s still possible to get a great workout in from the comfort of your castle. That’s why Pro Tips is here with fitness motivation tips to help you get the most out of your home workout routine.
1. DESIGNATE A WORKOUT ZONE
Choosing the right location in your home might just inspire you to keep active each day. Make sure that the area you choose has enough room for you to freely move and stretch.
If you have fitness accessories or machines, it can be helpful to keep them all in one easy-to-access space. You may also find benefit in having an allocated spot for a laptop or TV if you plan on following along with home workout videos.
2. SET A SCHEDULE
Not everyone has two hours a day to dedicate to fitness. Even if you only have 20 minutes to spare, scheduling workouts can help with consistency.
However, don’t get discouraged if something does come up! Working out at home gives you the flexibility to alter your schedule as needed.
3. PLAN A ROUTINE
Having a gym (or home gym) routine can help you spend more time exercising and less time thinking. While it’s always fun to mix it up, you should plan what you want to focus on before beginning your workout each day. Creating your own home exercise routine can help keep you focused.
Your routine may depend on what kind of equipment you have. Equipment-free? Try doing some bodyweight fitness or check out these low belly exercises to do at home. If you’re home gym has dumbbells, these simple moves to tone your triceps and biceps can give you an upper body burn.
For more ideas on an at-home routine, check out these Pro Tips at-home workouts.
4. OUTFIT YOUR HOME GYM
The great thing about a home gym is that equipment is optional. There are plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do, but simple fitness accessories may take your workout to the next level. Consider adding extras like exercise balls, foam rollers and jump ropes.
Weight sets and resistance bands are also easy to store for home use. Check out these tips to help you choose the right resistance band for your goals.
Suspension trainers are another tool for bodyweight strength training. With door or wall mounts, they are easy to use at home. This Pro Tips guide can help you get started with suspension training.
Finally, if cardio is more your style, you can use this manual on how to buy cardio equipment for your home.
5. MAINTAIN GOOD GYM HABITS
Just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t adhere to gym standards. Wearing athletic footwear and athletic apparel can get you into the right mindset. Always properly stretch before you train and keep hydrated during your workout.
You don’t always need to go to the gym to reach your goals. With consistency and motivation, a great workout routine can be homemade.