We all struggle to stay motivated to work out. There are so many things that get in the way — sleep, work, and family obligations. Working out at home is a good way to fit in a quick workout, but it can be hard to stay focused. It’s easy to get distracted by the phone, the kids, or a business email. Don’t be discouraged; there are ways to maintain an at-home workout routine. Here are 10 tips to stay focused while working out at home.
10 Tips to Stay Focused While Working Out at Home
1. Schedule workouts on your calendar.
Write it down! You’re much more likely to stick to a workout if it’s on your calendar. You won’t make other plans because you already have that time dedicated to exercise.
2. Don’t forget to fuel up.
It’s important to eat before a workout. Protein and complex carbs will give you the energy you need to run, complete a yoga session, or strength train. Try these 15 Best Energy Foods for Running or these 9 Workout Snacks for Quick Energy if you need inspiration.
3. Follow a workout plan.
It’s much easier to stay focused with an at-home workout if you’re following along with a video or a written workout plan. We have tons of SkinnyMs. workouts for you to choose from! Challenge yourself with this Ankle Weight Butt Lift Workout, this Abs, Butt, Legs Home Workout, or the Beginner’s Weekly Workout Plan.
4. Find the perfect playlist.
A good workout playlist will keep your energy up and get you excited about moving and exercising. It’s always okay to listen to music you love. But, if you’re not sure how to create your own workout playlist, try one of ours! We have 50 Tunes to Help You Lose Weight Fast.
5. Focus on form.
Pay attention to your form to make sure you’re exercising safely. It also helps to have something specific to focus on. Using a mirror can help you make sure you’re not straining your neck when performing planks or allowing your knees to go past your toes while doing squats.
6. Work out with a friend.
This is one of our favorite tips to stay focused while working out. Try to work out with a friend or spouse. You’ll hold each other accountable, and you’re way less likely to skip the workout if you know someone is coming over to sweat with you.
7. Use a fitness tracker.
A fitness tracker will track your progress and motivate you to challenge yourself. If you see how many calories you’re burning or how close you are to passing your personal best, you’ll want to keep going. There are tons of great fitness trackers out there, but we love the Fitbit Charge 3.
8. Change it up.
Working out different muscle groups and following different workouts will keep you from getting bored. It will also keep your body from getting used to one workout. You need to change things up to keep your body working hard to build muscle and burn fat.
9. Plan your post-workout snack.
A post-workout snack is just as important as a pre-workout snack. Plus, if you know you have a tasty treat waiting for you, you’ll want to get through the workout so you can enjoy it! You need protein to repair and build muscle and complex carbs to re-energize.
Check out the Best and Worst Foods to Eat After a Workout.
10. Notice how exercise makes you feel.
One of the best ways to stay motivated to exercise is to notice how you feel after a workout. Exercise gives you endorphins, which is why you’re often happy and energized after a good sweat. It’s also a great way to relieve stress. Even though a good workout might be tough to get through, it will leave you feeling good. That makes you want to work out again the next day, especially if you’ve followed these tips to stay focused while working out!
How do you stay focused while working out at home? Leave a comment and let us know!
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Originally published on April 24th, 2017.