Motivational tips for your home workouts
Whilst the country remains in lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be finding it difficult to keep up with your regular workout routine, or perhaps lacking the motivation to exercise entirely.
Now more than ever though, the benefits of exercising are vital in helping to provide a boost of endorphins, not to mention relieving some of the stress you may be experiencing.
Finding the space and the time to exercise may be easier said than done, so we have put together some great motivational tips to help you maintain your home workouts during this period.
MAINTAINING A ROUTINE
While spending most of your time at home, the weekdays can easily blend into the weekends. This is why sticking to a routine is a great idea.
Try planning your days as if you were going out to work and structure your tasks including your workouts. By committing to your plan on paper, you are holding yourself accountable for your actions. Try spending 5-10 minutes on a Sunday to plan your workout routine for the week, you may be surprised how much this really helps!
Try to also track your progress as the week progresses. You can keep a note on your phone or write it down in a notepad.
Now that gyms are temporarily closed, some of us may be struggling with workout ideas to do at home. Why not seek some extra motivation from fitness professionals online.
With plenty of options available, it is important to try and choose an activity you really enjoy. Whether it is dance, yoga, or more functional exercises, choose a class that will leave you feeling good and full of endorphins.
WORKOUT WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY
Just because many of us are in isolation, it does not mean we cannot socialise with one another, both with the people in our households and those who are not.
If you would rather not workout by yourself, invite a friend or family member to join you either in person, if they are a housemate, or via a video call if not. This could really help you give the boost you need to exercise.
SET ASIDE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME FOR YOU
It is all about quality over quantity. If you are training at the right intensity and pushing yourself, you can get a great cardio workout session in around 20 minutes. HIIT sessions are perfect for this - concentrate on the intensity rather than the duration of the workout. Or if you are doing a weights session, an hour should suffice whilst targeting specific muscle groups.
If you are a beginner try doing 15 to 20 minutes a day with 2-3 days of rest during the week. If you are more advanced, try an hour a day, again with 2-3 days of rest.