There are loads of good reasons for getting fit and doing your own classes at home. Gym membership can be expensive and need too much commitment. Local classes might be too much of a drive away to really be considered local! Or maybe you just prefer to do your fitness in your own space, with total privacy.
Finding a good reason won’t be hard. But finding- and then maintaining- motivation, might be!
Find the right… environment
The first thing you need to get right is the environment. So, if you live with friends, doing meditation in the communal living room might mean many interruptions. If you are confined to your own bedroom, make a dedicated space for your exercises. Be sure the lighting and temperature are right, and adjust accordingly if necessary. A space you enjoy being in will act as motivation to get on with your routines, stretches or exercises.
Find the right… equipment
Once you’ve got your space, you’ll know how much or how little room you have for equipment. Remember that there are some options to make certain equipment more compact when not in use. You can get treadmills that fold in half when not in use, for example. This means that you can lean them up against a wall or pop them in a cupboard!
Find the right… music
You might adore your old vinyl collection and vinyl player, but using it when you’re exercising will only be a hassle. Instead, make a playlist that you enjoy and can listen to over and over. If you are running or cycling on a treadmill or stationary bike, you’ll want something to get your heart pumping! However, if you’re doing yoga or pilates, for example, something more relaxed and chilled will be needed! Sites like NeoSounds allow you to download great music of this nature for a one-off fee.
Find a realistic… schedule
Next up, one of the best ways to motivate yourself is with a schedule. If you need help in creating one (which most of us do!), look online. Professionals and novices alike share what works for them. Whichever you decide to go with, be sure it is realistic. So, don’t schedule in a one-hour run every Tuesday at 11 am if you work on Tuesdays! Don’t forget commitments other than work too. If you can’t exercise when you have scheduled, you may quickly become demotivated.
Find a realistic… goal
Finally, motivation comes about with goals. These goals don’t have to huge. You don’t have to buy a treadmill and promise yourself to be in the next Olympic 100m sprint! But some form of a goal is important. To begin with, it could be really minor. “I will walk up the six flights of stairs at work each morning without getting out of breath,’ for example! Achieving goals like this, even as minor as they may seem, will make you strive to do better and better. Over time, your goals can become wilder and harder to attain. But to begin with, while you are still finding your motivation to exercise at home, find and set realistic goals.