When Working Out at Home is the Only Optionby Kristin Anderson
For one reason or another, in the past couple of weeks, my life has been organized in a way where working out at home is really the only place I can squeeze in 30-45 min of workout time, then change my clothes and head out.
The big challenge with a home workout is focusing enough on the workout and completing the whole thing. Your best bet is to first have an outlined workout that has a warm-up, workout section and cool down. For me, I will write out a workout for myself based on what I want to do that day and what I did last time I worked out. I will have a 5 min warm-up including a little stretching, a 40-45 min workout section (or 20 min workout section depending on time), a 5 min cool down and a 5 min stretch.
For you, maybe a workout DVD that you picked up at a grocery store, a DVD or download from a class that you went to, a DVD that you bought online at Amazon, or another online workout source. If you are an experienced exerciser, you may want to write out your own workout based on what kind of body parts you want to work and what kind of intensity you want to work out at. Once you have a workout in front of you then you can put all of your efforts into focusing on your workout only. This task is much harder at home than at a gym...but it CAN be done!
Second, you have to find the time to do it and then commit to it. (I can promise that you will always be glad you did.) If you think that you have "no time," you probably just have to prioritize. For one week, make an effort to find 20-30 min at home for a workout, 3x a week. If you think it's worth the effort, then keep it up.
I have been working out at home for the last four weeks, I still only plan out one week at a time and I still really have to focus but…I have been able to do it and my fitness has not suffered!
If you find yourself having to get your workouts in at home and haven't quite gotten started or have slowed down, make a plan and get to it! If you are already working out at home but have lost some excitement about it, get a new DVD or workout routine. Keep changing it up and have a selection of things from cardio, to yoga, to dancing, to martial arts and weight training with free weights. YouTube is a great source for workout videos of any kind! I like to pick up random workout DVDs everywhere to try at home; Target, CVS, anywhere I see one for $10-$20. Some are fun and some are lame but the point is, once you have completed it, you did some kind of workout.
Good Luck! I'm here if you need me =)