Tips for Working Out at Home When It’s The Last Thing You Want To Do
3. Set your space.
The tricky part about an at-home workout is that—surprise!—your home is not a gym. If you happen to have a gym in your home, lucky you. (Can we come over?) If you’re a mere commoner like us, then you’ll need to make whatever space you have work. That might mean setting up a mini gym in your basement or simply moving the coffee table over three inches to fit a yoga mat. Whatever you have to move/set up/dismantle, do it well before your scheduled workout (say, the night prior if you plan on getting up and working out), so there are no barriers or excuses. “I make a space for myself that feels like my own personal studio,” Van Hare says.
4. Dress for success.
“On workdays I come home and change into my workout clothes before anything else, and on weekends I put them on first thing in the morning,” says Antoinette Schoenthaler of New York City. “That way I have no excuses later.”
5. Go public with it.
Hold the phone—literally. Before you tweet, message, or ‘gram your workout plans, read this: You’ll have a better chance of actually working out if you keep them to yourself. One study suggests that social recognition makes us less likely to follow through with our intentions.
But after you’ve crushed your workout, feel free to shout it from the social rooftops. Take a photo #fromwhereyoustand or snap a sweaty selfie. “I find I work harder for that extra satisfaction of sharing my achievement afterwards,” Van Hare says. When you share your progress and accomplishments, you’ll build a small group of cheerleaders, and you can tap into that satisfied feeling the next time you’re on the fence about working out.