With the global pandemic on the rise, working out at the gym is not the option anymore, but that does not mean that you have to stop your workout routine. Even if you do not have a home gym, staying fit and active is still an option. Read on to learn more about how to stay motivated to workout from home.
How to Stay Motivated to Exercise From Home
Although we should all limit our time spent outside, which may influence our mood, here are some tips on how to stay motivated to exercise from home.
1. Dress Comfortably
One good thing about not going to the gym is that we can dress however we want while working out. But if you're going to have a productive workout session, workout clothes are probably the best outfit to wear.
Maybe you might be tempted to do your workouts barefoot, but this is generally not advised because it might be uncomfortable for your legs, and you can injure yourself quite easily.
Another thing that could be quite helpful to have when working out at home is good quality headwear. Because our workout place at home tends to be much smaller than a gym, you can find that you sweat much more than usual, and there is nothing quite as annoying than having sweat in your eyes while exercising.
2. Find a Routine
Spending all day at home takes a lot of discipline, and you won't feel motivated at first. But once you get used to it, creating a proper daily routine may help you get back into having an almost typical day.
Once you have repeated the daily routine a couple of times, your brain will know when the time for working out is, and you will be prepared to workout at that specific time. This is a good way to keep the habit as well as the motivation to continue exercising despite the isolation.
3. Aromatherapy Can Help
If you are dealing with anxiety and stress because of the current situation, finding the motivation to do anything can be hard, but aromatherapy may help.
Lavender, basil, lemon, and orange (amongst others) have excellent anxiety-relieving characteristics. Lavender, for example, has compounds that inhibit neuroreceptors that are connected to anxiety.
4. Find a Good Workout Plan
If you are lucky enough to have a home gym, working out for you will not be a problem, but if you do not have any equipment, there are still ways to be active.
You can find many workout plans online, but what might be tricky is finding if it is worth your time (or money, if it is a paid plan).
Another thing to take into consideration is what kind of exercise you want to do. For example, if you are a runner and running outside is not an option for you right now, finding a good cardio plan is a necessity, but also, you might need some core, legs, and back strength training.
If you are looking for a way to relieve stress but also get a good workout, yoga might be a great option for you. There are many fantastic yoga exercises for free on YouTube, or you can find any other plan that best suits your needs.
Whatever your goal might be, there are always ways to find a good plan that can give you the workout you need, but also take into consideration how much workout equipment you have.
5. Join an Online Community
A critical part of staying motivated when doing anything is having a good support network, as well as accountability. There are many communities online that you can join and find a workout buddy with similar goals as yours.
Apart from the motivation aspect of joining a community, you can also find a lot of advice from people as well as some resources to improve your progress.
6. Eat Healthy
Although it is really easy to give in to emotions and stuff yourself with unhealthy food, you should try not to fall into that trap. Eating fatty and sugary fast food can really influence your mood which can lower your motivation to do anything, so eat a lot of fresh produce and healthy fats to keep your brain and body healthy and well-nourished.
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