Working out from home may be one of the best decisions you make, so congratulations! You are saying yes to investing in yourself – and in my opinion – there is no better investment than that! In order to get yourself prepared for working out at home, I put together a list of ways to prep your space. And no, these are not the traditional things you’d think of. I’ve been working out from home for almost 10 years and coaching women to create healthy habits for 7 of those years, so I’ve considered and seen all the things!
When you workout MATTERS.
Experiment with workout times to see what works best for you and your schedule. I find most people like getting their workout done first thing in the morning. But some of my clients love a good sweat after a hard day at work.
Try a few different times and observe how you feel before, after and during the workout! The best time to workout is whenever YOU can do it consistently!
Pick a workout you really love and one you will somewhat look forward to.
Look, I know working out is not everyone’s THING, but if you find something you enjoy, it actually could be your thing! Believe it or not, I don’t actually love working out. But I DO LOVE the feeling I get when I’m done and that keeps me showing up 6 days a week.
Do you love an intense cardio session? A slow yoga burn? A booty lift? A dance workout? Kickboxing? Or a weight lifting session?? You can do any type of workout from home, but it’s important to first understand what kind of workouts you love.
If you want to play with some different kinds of workouts, grab my 10 Free At Home Workouts here.
Find a space in your house where you can do this every time you want to workout.
Garage, basement, living room, small open space in the office, on the back porch?? Make this a space you look forward to coming to, so that you do just that, come to it consistently.
In order to create a new habit of working out, you want to make it easy for your mind and body to know it’s time. And having a consistent place where you always do your workouts signals to your body, let’s gooooo!
Don’t worry about the weight.
I know it’s tempting to weigh yourself and make a weight loss goal. Not yet! First, find a habit. Once you are feeling good about the consistency of your workouts, a goal will naturally come.
I find we put so much pressure on ourselves when we first start that it gets overwhelming and we end up crushing under the pressure of our goals! Let’s skip that and start with the foundations of it all, consistency!
Here’s one goal I am a fan of… “I will workout X number of days this week.” Try that goal on for a month and see how this time is different for you!
Be flexible, always.
Some days your kids will interrupt you, some days your body just won’t move as well, some days you’ll feel like staying in bed. Show up and do the BEST you can!
Even if you are at 50%, it’s better than 0%!! While we are on this topic…if you do find yourself at 50%, please don’t feel guilty about it. You and your body are allowed to be at 50%. And if you decide to do your workout at 50%, make sure you listen to your body while you are working out.
Giving 50% in your workout is OKAY and perfectly normal and may be needed for you to recover and show up stronger for tomorrow! Listen to your body and it will thank you, I promise.
Get your mindset right.
Working out is a way to love yourself, not punish yourself. You GET to move your body. This is a choice you are making, not an obligation. Say to yourself as you are preparing to workout… I CHOOSE to do this workout. I am GRATEFUL my body can move in this way. I GET to workout.
Schedule your workout each day.
Treat that appointment with yourself just like you would a dentist appointment for your child. I promise it’s just as important! Especially when you’re working out at home, distractions will always pop up and make it easy to put your workout off until later…. which then becomes tomorrow… and then next week.
Just pull out your phone right now and set a daily reminder in your calendar to go off when you’ll be doing your workout each day. And then just stick to it and push play!
Some Final Thoughts…
Working out and moving our body is a form of self-love, as long as you decide to show up for love instead of punishment. I work with many women on creating new habits – with fitness, food and mindset – and I can honestly say that starting off with a focus on consistent workouts will always lead to more healthy habits.
Working out is a gateway to the healthier lifestyle you have always seen yourself living. Start with the workouts, instead of trying to do it all. Progress over perfection. Once you start moving your body, the eating will fall into place.