Have you ever felt like you wanted to get a good sweat session in but did not want to leave your house? I know this feeling so well that I vowed to never work out at a gym again. Making this commitment to get my work out on at home forced me to get serious about finding the right time and balance to accomplish this taste on an almost daily basis. I learned to get really good about preparing myself and getting my head in the game as if I were at the gym. When I used to work out at the local fitness club, I would say that the hardest part about each work out, was getting myself to the gym. It was always one of those situations though where once I was there I was ready to work out and I was even excited about it. There are plenty of things that you can do to make your in-home workouts much smoother. Keep reading for some tips and ideas.
Eat or Drink Protein First
I am one of those people who needs to go to the gym first thing in the morning or I will not go at all. I used to sometimes be able to go after work if I went directly there, but it was a serious mental challenge to constantly keep myself accountable. I find that the only downfall to working out at home is that there are so many distractions. One of those distractions for me, is food, and I cannot ever ignore it if I am hungry. I usually wake up at least a little bit hungry every day, so it prevents me from immediately jumping into a workout. I try to have a protein shake, or some fruit, or maybe even a small bowl of cereal if I cannot make eggs. I do not like to eat much more than that because if I am too full, that will prevent me from working out as well.
Create a Dedicated Space
Having a space that is both functional and comfortable for you to do your workout is so important. You should consider a few factors but it ultimately depends on what type of exercise you prefer. If you are doing yoga you do not need much more than some space and a mat. However, if you are into weightlifting that is a whole other story. You will need more space, mainly to keep your weights, and you might even want to get one of those total body machines.
Dress the Part
One of my favorite ways to get in the head space for a work out is to put on my uniform. Just like if you were an athlete, getting into the state of mind can happen when you finally step into the uniform. One of my favorite places to get stylish athletic where is Express. I like to get myself a new outfit occasionally to make it more excited.