These days getting to do your home exercise program and work out from home can be more than half the battle. Roads covered in snow make getting to the gym inconvenient and dangerous. If you do manage to get to the gym then you also risk it being closed and just end up making the nerve-racking trek back home. So, here are 6 tips on how to skip the drive and workout from home.
#1 Schedule a time for work out from home!
Just like you schedule or jot down your day on a sticky note, pencil in time to work out from home. It does not have to be very long either! Even a 20 or 30-minute workout can be so beneficial for your health and your mood!
#2 Recruit a friend or family member
It’s easy to stop and find yourself taking a dozen breaks just for the sake of being unmotivated. Having another person there to push you to work out from home can be a big help. If you don’t have a movement inspired individual readily available, then try videotaping yourself. You know you will want to watch the footage afterward and the last thing you want to see is yourself being lazy.
#3 Don’t get discouraged if working out from home is so different from your regular form of exercise.
You may be an avid swimmer, boxer or crossfitter, but the snow means you can’t go out and use the same equipment–remember that there are other forms of exercise. Equipment is not always required and even bodyweight exercises can help you work up a sweat. Think of plyometrics. A lot of those activities are so challenging to our balance and musculature and yet do not require equipment.
#4 Set markers or goals.
Marathon runners never expect to run a marathon on their first run out. Find a workout you like online and try 5 minutes of it. If 5 minutes feels good, then go for 10 or 20.
#5 Keep work out simple.
Try rotating a couple of movements like 5 push-ups, 10 crunches, 15 air squats for 15 minutes and see how many rounds you can get. There are also a lot of “7 min abs” or “15 minute home workout” videos out there. All you need to do is find one you like. Remember, however, to set a limit and give yourself 5-10 minutes to find a workout you like. Don’t get stuck down the YouTube rabbit hole.
#6 Reward yourself!
You should be proud of yourself and if you need a little extra push, that is okay! Make a fabulous dinner afterward, have a smoothie, go out or do something relaxing and self-care.
So my friends, the snow may be sticking to the ground but that doesn’t mean you can’t still stick to your routine. The only bad workout is the one you didn’t do.