Let’s face it: needing to go to the gym to get your workout in can be a commitment. Sometimes gyms are far, out of the way, or too crowded to get anything meaningful done. It has certain advantages, but learning how to work out on your own in the comfort of your own house is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
If you have space somewhere in your house for equipment, buying some exercise aids is one of the best investments a person can make. You save money in the long run and don’t need to compete with other gym-goers for equipment. Having a personal trainer can be a valuable asset in maintaining your motivation, but with a few helpful tips, you can become your own personal trainer.
Take the time to hang up a positive picture around your exercise area. Perhaps it’s a picture of yourself when you were slimmer, or a celebrity who has attained a physique that you idealize. Whichever you choose, you will begin to understand the power of visualization. Mental imagery will help you bring your idealized self into reality. This is because visualization impacts many different areas of the brain that help to better coax you into action.
Whenever you are considering an early end to your workout, imagine the potential realities of an out of shape version of you, and a fit, healthy one. This will help crank the flames underneath you to get what you want. It may sound absurd, but a mere picture of your ideal will help reinforce your goal.
Aim For A Real Goal
Hang up some clothes that you would like to fit into and use it as motivation in the same way. Ever see a really nice dress or suit that you wish so desperately that you could fit into, but are just a little too big for? If it’s within your means, go ahead and buy it anyway and put it on display. This sets up a commitment with yourself: if you are persistent and effective, you get to wear it. Likewise, anytime you feel you are running low on motivation, the sting of having spent money on it will coerce you into action.
Have The Proper Equipment
There’s no way to achieve an effective workout if you don’t have the bare essentials. Having some weights lying around or a nice pair of Nikes or Adidas will make the choice to work out an easy one. Nothing is worse than being ready to run out the door for a quick jog only to realize your old shoes are ruined or uncomfortable.
Free weights are another valuable asset that don’t take up a lot of space and reward you for your investment over time. Resistance training will make you stronger, look better, and even counteracts certain age-related disorders.
Stick To A Schedule
Set aside a time dedicated to your home workout. Instead of watching TV or using your laptop, see if you can keep a rigid time for working out that doesn’t change too much. This will put your mind and body in the habit of expecting to exercise at a certain time. Maintaining a consistency in your routine adds momentum to your progress. It’ll also cut down on the soreness you experience as your muscles get used to the demands placed on it.
Track Your Progress
There’s no need to incessantly step on the scale every day hoping for a change, as this can be demoralizing for the less patient among us. It also doesn’t take into consideration the positive change in body composition. Just because the number on the scale isn’t any different, you still may have exchanged some fat for some muscle mass.
That said, logging your sets and reps can help you realize your progress. This will let you know your efforts have not been in vain. Being able to lift more weight or perform more sets are sometimes a more honest indicator of your progress than a mere scale reading.
Mind Your Diet
The amount of energy you have throughout the day is massively impacted by the types of food you eat. Many people on a carb-heavy diet notice a crash in the afternoon, which can hamper your will to exercise. Instead, opt for plenty of fruits and vegetables in the place of white bread or rice. This will stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels, ensuring your readiness to go hard in your workout even after a long day at work.
Likewise, many people see benefits from working out in a fasted state and forgoing heavy meals before going to bed. Both of these tactics will optimize the amount of muscle you build and fat you burn.