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Some of us do think that there is nothing more boring, unexciting or monotonous than working out at home. Unfortunately in the UK the weather is often miserable reducing the attraction for a morning jog around the estate. In these circumstances working out at home is often the only option available. Therefore willpower and determination are vital to ensure that your workout routine doesn’t diminish.
Buying new shorts, t-shirts and trainers will help you to feel motivated as well as comfortable. Hopefully this will make you excited to wake up and get dressed into your new work out gear. Feeling comfortable is key to a good workout!
If you walk into most gyms around the country you will find music blasting out of the speakers! This isn’t because the receptionist is an aspiring DJ; this is because music helps to motivate you and distract you from the strenuous exercise that your body is going through. So why should it be any different at home? Hook up your iPod to your docking station or put the music channel on the TV. This should make your work out a bit more fun.
Using a fitness CD/DVD will give you a visual demonstration of how to perform certain routines by professionals without the cost or commitment of hiring a personal trainer. Due to the growing fitness market there is a large variety of fitness DVD’s ranging from yoga and Pilates to extreme body building programmes. This allows you to work at your own pace whilst feeling like you are in a gym or a fitness studio.
It’s important to choose a variety of workouts when you’re at home. This will keep you interested and committed as well as giving your body a thorough workout. After you’ve become competen
t at performing the workout start to add new exercises. If you may start to dislike certain routines then you can always swap it for something else, for example, if sit ups become tedious swap them for a different exercise that works the same muscle e.g. (air bike)
Getting into a good routine is very important as it creates a habit. Personal preference will deter
mine when you do your work out. A popular time for most full time workers is in the morning. Through waking up an hour earlier in the morning it gives you enough time to get a sweat on, have a shower then get to work which will free your evening. However if you’re not a morning person and love your sleep put an hour a side in the evening to smash your workout!
It’s highly recommended to stock some healthy snacks. It helps the post workout period. Keep some stock of natural juices, protein bars and fruits.
It also helps to keep a journal or a note stating some short term goals and the reason. This helps to keep the motivation factors in testing times.
Pictures of your old body and new body should give great determination, as you will be able to see that the hard work is paying off. Look at the pictures when you feel like you want to quit.
One way of removing the monotonous feeling of exercising at home is to exercise with some one. Call your best friend and see if they can join in. A sense of competition could also help in shedding those extra pounds.
Most experts suggest in changing the workout routine every 4-6 weeks. Take some breaks between the workouts to renew the energy and also to help in healing the body and clearing the mind. It makes things more exciting and make it look less tiring.