Working out is one of the most difficult habits to schedule and maintain. We all know that we need to exercise regularly, but we never seem to find the time or energy. Here are a few tips to make your home workouts a little easier!
1: Create a Space
Making the space for a workout in an apartment can be a challenge, but creating a space for your workout is the best way to motivate yourself. Push your coffee table aside or move your bed to one side of the room. Devoting a dedicated space removes one excuse for missing workouts and reminds you to work out each time you see that designated space.
2: Schedule the Time
Decide on a specific time and set a timer or a reminder to help you stick to it. Working out before your daily shower is convenient and helps you to feel clean and refreshed after your workout. If you usually take a shower in the morning your work out can help give you more energy for the day. If you generally shower in the evening, exercise can help you get better sleep.
3: Invest In Personal Equipment
Buying your own workout equipment reinforces your decision to work out. Start small with a yoga mat or hand weights, or buy whatever you need for your favorite online workout video. Adding new workout equipment to your collection gradually will help you to keep stay challenged and keep your workouts fresh and interesting.
4: Recruit a Workout Buddy
You can work out with a buddy even if you are working out in your home! Keep each other motivated with text messages, or set up a webcam so you can exercise together from your separate homes. A buddy can help you look forward to exercising as a chance to catch up with a friend rather than dreading your daily workout.
5: Use Privacy to Your Advantage
Set up a workout video on the TV or computer in the privacy of your own home and customize your workout to your preferences. Play music as loud as you like, without worrying about your headphones getting in the way. Wear anything you like (or maybe nothing at all) without thinking about what you look like in your leggings! Working out privately can also improve your confidence by allowing you to avoid feeling self-conscious at the gym.
Still struggling to find the time for regular workouts? Multi-task while you do chores! Do squats while you wash the dishes. Do lunges while putting clothes away. Squeezing in a few moves while you perform mundane tasks not only improves your fitness and saves time, but also makes you feel extra productive. Distracting yourself with extra activity can prevent the monotony associated with a daily workout and even allow you to work different muscle groups.
There are plenty of ways to make working out in your apartment fun and easy! Experiment and discover what works for you. At the end of the day, what matters is that you workout, not how you work out!