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8 tips on exercise at home – and how to enjoy it!

You’ve been promising yourself to get fitter, but something always gets in the way? Lack of time, lack of space, not having the right kit? Enough of the excuses; it’s time to get some exercise at home.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

A home workout is a great way to clear your head. Are you short of time? You’ll save the hour you’d spend getting to and from the gym. Don’t have the right clothes? When you’re at home, any old T-shirt and slacks will do. You’d rather not bother ‘putting your face on’, or tend to feel self-conscious when exercising in front of other people? Never mind, no one’s going to be judgementally watching you at home.

It’s always hard to get started, but with our tips, you’ll get going in no time.

1. So why exercise at all, what’s your goal?

Are you trying to get back into your old favourite skinny jeans? Is your back bothering you, and you wish it didn’t hurt to lace up your shoes? Are you looking forward to a grandchild and want to play with them and keep up, without getting worn out? Great! Always think back to your goal, whenever you don’t feel like exercising.

Don’t lose weight just to please your husband, to avoid people staring, or not worry about being seen in a swimsuit. Do it for your own sake.

2. What exercise routine will you be doing?

So, you’ve decided to go ahead, your music is playing, you’ve got your sporty outfit on, and now you’re standing in the middle of the living room wondering what to do? Don’t let that happen, make a workout plan. Write it down, so you’ll be able to see it comfortably and not have to rack your brains about what to do next.

3. Practice makes perfect, but don’t overdo it!

It really won’t do much good to exercise once in a blue moon, when your stars are aligned just right. Schedule your workouts for the same regular timeslot. After the first few weeks, what seemed a chore turns into a hobby, and your workout becomes part of your day, something to look forward to. Don’t overdo it right at the start, though.
To begin with, 2-3 times a week for 30-60 minutes is plenty.

4. Don’t be shy about telling your friends

Nothing motivates better on those days when you don’t feel like getting off the couch than your friend asking how your workouts are going. I’m sure you won’t want to admit that instead of getting some action in a leotard, you were in your pyjamas watching the box. It’s much more fun to be able to gloat a little after a month, about how you lost four pounds and how great you feel. Do tell your nearest and dearest about your exercising. Maybe they’d like to be sportier, too, and you’ll help them to kick off. Shared success is twice the fun.

5. Ask your family to give you a break.

It is best to exercise when you’re home alone. Do you have a baby? Then plan to exercise while the baby’s asleep. If you need to do your exercises in the afternoon when your family is back home, ask them to let you have some peace and privacy. No one likes to have a bunch of ‘idle busybodies’ watching, especially if they have nothing better to do than make not-so-witty remarks about your every move.

But if you fancy, you can exercise together with your partner or with the baby. There are lots of tips on the web for exercises in pairs, or for fresh mums. 

6. Get the mood right

Put on some nice and comfortable clothes, play your favourite inspiring music and clear away anything that might hinder your movement. It may seem trivial but exercising in a pleasant setting is quite simply better.

7. Take time out, just for yourself

A workout is true ‘me-time’ when the rest of the world can wait. Has the washing machine cycle just finished, or the phone started ringing? So what? It can all wait. Don’t get distracted. Try to plan things so an hour’s exercise is truly time set aside just for you. You deserve it. You will see that with a rush of endorphins and your new-found joy of movement, you’ll catch up on all those postponed things easily and keep everything in perspective. 

8. Still making excuses? Is that what you really want?

If you can find loads of excuses for not getting fitter and not one single reason to exercise, maybe now is not the time to start. You may well be short of the right motivation. Try to think again about what it is you expect to get out of exercising and what it can bring you.

 

120 minutes a week for a healthier and nicer body is worth it, right? As the saying goes, ‘Well begun is half done!’

 

Written by Andrea Skolková

Photos: KetoDiet, Depositphotos

 

Still hunting for the motivation to get some exercise? Maybe you’ll find it in our article on six proven tips on how to keep motivated.

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