Every new year, many resolution makers declare a new commitment to living a healthier lifestyle: eating better, going to the gym, practicing yoga, etc. However, with gyms worldwide closed or operating at a limited capacity, exercising at home seems like the most widely available option. Working out in your living space can sometimes be a challenge, whether it's motivating yourself to start, or keeping yourself focused. To combat these obstacles and keep you on track with your health goal, L'OFFICIEL offers these 10 tips to keep your routine in check.
1. Create a training area.
Creating a mini "gym" in the corner of a room or somewhere else in the house is a great way to ensure that you work out as much as possible at home. Once you have prepared the training area, keep the equipment organized and separate from the main living space. That way, every day you come in it'll feel like a little getaway.
2. Schedule your workouts.
Like most things in life, planning is essential. Having a schedule and putting your workouts in a journal/calendar helps keep you motivated and consistent. Writing down your daily workout plan is the most effective way to keep yourself focused and responsible in order to maintain the schedule.
3. Don't set a crazy goal.
You need to be realistic about your goals and not be disappointed if you fail. Keep going and set a different goal each week. Start exercising three times a week, especially if you are a beginner. Once you achieve one goal, you'll feel inspired to keep going.
4. Eliminate distractions.
At home, it's so easy to get distracted by your life. The first step to avoiding this is by muting your phone. Turn off the TV, take your pets to a different room, and let your family or roommates know that you're exercising so they don't try to take your attention away from your training program.
5. Make sure you warm up and recover.
Studies show that warming up your body for exercise increases muscle strength. Start and end every workout by stretching to warm up the muscles.
6. Exercise in the morning.
Working out early in the morning has many benefits, both in your health and in your schedule. It can increase metabolism, improve physical and mental energy, and reduce stress.
7. Listen to music.
Music helps keep you alert and focused during exercise. Motivational or synchronized music with your training has physical and psychological effects. When a song has a strong and steady rhythm, it encourages you to practice more. There are many fitness playlists on Spotify. Choose the one you like and start your fitness program.
8. Wear a nice outfit.
Wearing fitness clothes that you like makes you more confident about yourself. The phrase "dress for success" definitely applies to the world of fitness. When you exercise, wear stylish pieces that offer both support and comfort.
9. Stay hydrated.
Water is a key element of fitness. Hydrating before you start exercising is very important, especially in hotter conditions. Water replenishes your body with essential minerals that allow it to run properly, which will increase your chances of achieving your exercise goals. Make sure you always have a bottle of water at a workout.
10. Have a post-workout meal ready.
If you are planning your morning workout, it's important to have a healthy breakfast waiting for you. Eating the right nutrients right after your activity is the key to achieving your goals. After exercise, it's best to eat carbohydrates and protein to refuel your body with energy.