How to get Motivation to Exercise at Home

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Do You want to build Your dream body? Or maybe just stay in shape or maintain good fitness? Seems easy. Repeat, repeat, repeat, exercise everyday. “I’m tired after school/work/watching TV”, “Not today, but I promise tomorrow I will exercise!”, “Weather makes me feel blue, not in the mood to do anything”. Sounds familiar? The biggest problem about repeating something is to repeat. How to get Motivation to Exercise? How to Inspire Workouts at Home?

Workout calendar: Do You know how I get rid of it? It’s simple trick. I wrote down an achievement “Exercise everyday for a month” and drew little square by the sentence to make “x” in after achieving my goal. Then, everyday after training I was doing little line representing a day with exerciseing. Seventh day I had 6 lines side by side like this: | | | | | | and that day, after workout, I had | | | | | | .

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One week was after me! And the same was for the rest of the month. Where is the catch? If it’s is Your goal and You really want to achieve it – You don’t want to lose. But when You skip even one day – You don’t have a line mark. You can’t have full week without it and You can’t go back in time to fill the blank. You lose. I did it and it worked for me. I was angry at myself and didn’t want to skip any day. I was looking for a gap in a busy day to do even few push-ups, crouches, stretches, etc. After a whole month I could proudly make an “x” in empty square and write next task – “Another month of daily exercises”

Don’t clean up: I’m referring to your fitness gear here. Have a designated area devoted to home workouts and leave your equipment out. It doesn’t have to be a large space, just enough room for a mat, some weights, your laptop for watching videos, or a fitness ball. Or leave dumbbells and a resistance band by the couch — seeing your gear out will turn on a little switch and remind you to use them.

Designate a drawer: We’ve all had that moment where you’re running around your house trying to find the missing match to your favorite pair of wicking socks, and you get so frustrated and waste so much time that you end up missing the workout. Don’t let not having an outfit to wear keep you from exercising. Keep one of your dresser drawers organized neatly with a variety of clean fitness clothes, so you can easily find what you need, put it on, and get sweating.

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Bedroom yoga: Keep a yoga mat unrolled on your bedroom floor next to your bed. Once you’re in your PJs with your teeth brushed, it’s hard not to step on the mat without hopping on for some pre-bedtime stretching. Here’s a relaxing yoga sequence to help you drift off to sleep.

Pin it: There are tons of printable workout posters available, from seven-minute HIIT workouts to five-minute leg workouts to plank workouts for your core. Print them out and hang them up in your home gym or on the wall next to the TV to inspire some strengthening moves, even if you only have a few minutes.

Wear it to bed: If you’re a before-work kind of exerciser and have a tough time not hitting the snooze button when your alarm goes off, it may help to wear some or all of your outfit to bed. That way, when you wake up, you’ll feel guilty slipping off your workout gear if you haven’t even used it.

New tunes: Something as simple as a rockin’ new playlist may be just the thing to get you motivated to move. Or download an audiobook or save your fave TV show so you’ll have a little distraction on your home treadmill or bike.

Keep a record: A visual goes a long way, so find a way to record your workouts, whether it’s in a fitness journal, on a huge poster on your fridge, or with red stars on a calendar. You can also keep a jar on the counter and put five bucks in it every time you finish a workout (more for harder workouts). At the end of the month, you can take the money and buy a reward, such as a new fitness top or a massage. Seeing a visual of how many workouts you’ve completed will inspire you to keep at it.

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Relaxing Breath: in an article by Andrew Weil called Breathing: Three Exercises. One of the three breathing exercises he suggests is the 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise.

  1. First, exhale out your mouth until all the air is out of your lungs.
  2. Next, close your mouth and breath in through your nose for 4 counts.
  3. Then, hold your breath for 7 counts.
  4. Finally, exhale out through your mouth for 8 counts.
  5. Repeat three more times.

Even if you only have a few minutes to myself, this is a quick way to clear you mind and help ease any stresses you might be dealing with at that moment. If you find 5 minutes to yourself today or you are having trouble falling asleep tonight, try this breathing exercise!

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