If you’re like me, you need exercise motivation daily! Check out these top tips for working out at home — they’ll help you stay motivated to keep exercising and lose the flab.
“I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.” ~ Mark Twain.
I wish all I had to do was push my age around instead of actually exercising, but alas…I have to work out. I hate going to the gym, but I have lost about 20 pounds in the past couple of years.
I don’t have any “lose weight fast” tips, but I do believe in exercising at home! Here’s how I stay motivated…
Make someone exercise with you
My husband and I do Pilates, yoga, and strength training DVDs together. Neither of us want to go to the gym, neither of us love to exercise, but we find that one of the best tips for working out at home is to keep each other accountable. So, if you need exercise motivation, grab someone to exercise with you. I think this is a great way to strengthen a marriage, as well as get fit at home.
Do several different types of workouts at home
If you struggle to exercise consistently, don’t do the same home workouts every day! It’s boring, and your body will adapt – which means you’ll stop seeing results. I alternate between Baron Baptista’s Power Yoga, several different 10 Minute Solutions DVDs, and Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred. And, I borrow different home workout DVDs and videos from the library, so I’m always trying new things.
Heed the best tip for working out at home
I’m a full-time freelance writer who gets less exercise than anyone on the planet! After a day of writing and staying still, the last thing I want to do is move my body (this is inertia — a body at rest wants to stay at rest). So, to stay motivated to exercise, I schedule fitness break is from 11-12 noon or 4-5 pm. I don’t decide each day whether I should work out…I just schedule do it because it’s part of my schedule.
Love your body, no matter how much you weigh
If you love your body no matter what you look like, you’ll honor it. If you honor your body, you’ll want to exercise because you know your body needs it. I really believe that the more you love and accept yourself, the less exercise motivation you need. You’ll work out just because you know it’s good for you.
Exercise With the 10 Minute Solutions Home Workout DVDs
I hated working out at home, until I found the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs. I know this sounds like an advertorial, but it’s the truth — as soon as I start the Pilates DVDs and hear Lara and Suzanne’s voices, I feel both relaxed and energized.
The 10 Minute Solutions are divided into five 10 minute segments, each focusing on a different area of your body (abs, buns, full body, stretching, arms). You can do one 10 minute workout, or all five, for a 50 minute workout. It’s perfect for when I need exercise motivation, because I can just do ten minutes, or I can do the whole 50 minute routine.
Do you hate exercising? What motivates you to work out at home or at the gym? Comments welcome below!
For more exercise motivation, read How Christian Yoga and Spiritual Exercises Make You Strong.