If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent the last couple of weeks mentally planning your workout routine and coming up with a million reasons why you haven’t started yet. Let me just be clear that this is not something I am proud of but with extreme social distancing coming to an end my anxiety is high when I think about having to go back to work in my current state. It’s gotten a little cooler and I am convinced our bodies go through a transition during this time as well and crave all the bad food we try to avoid. Being stuck at home hasn’t helped either because I’ve honestly had no motivation to look good and dress up; so my go-to excuse has always been, I’ll start soon! Now that extreme social distancing with be changed in phases, the reality that I won’t be able to work in my PJs and wear whatever I want is starting to sink in! What’s worse is that I now have to go back to work and face my colleagues (the one’s with consistent workout routines and good eating habits) in my new lockdown body. I have decided that I can’t go through the trauma of the comments, the sneaky ‘you’ve put on some weight’ looks and truth is I won’t have anything to wear if I keep at this; so the next two weeks I am dedicating to building a consistent and strong home workout routine. Here are a few tips to help us build a consistent home workout plan:
- Research what kind of workout suits you best. Focusing on an exercise you actually enjoy.
- Ask your friends and family members what they like to do; maybe they have an opinion on what you might like based on your personality.
- Try a different workout every week and see which one you enjoy most, or notice which parts of the exercises that you prefer doing.
- Once you’re dressed in your workout clothes, comfortable walking shoes, and you are out of the door, tell yourself there’s no turning back and commit to showing up.
- Set SMART Goals for your daily workout plans. Start with one small daily goal and once you are accomplishing those goals, move on to the weekly, monthly and yearly goals.
It’s important to make exercise a part of your schedule and not just an afterthought or something you will do when you have free time.
Your workout should be a priority. Add your workout to your daily to-do list. It should be just as important as eating meals, going to work or drinking water. Some of the best times to schedule your workout into your day are to use blocks of quiet hours with no distractions. Early in the morning or right after work are great blocks of time to use for working out.
Now let’s smash our body goals!