Tips for Working Out at Home When It’s The Last Thing You Want To Do
6. Use a carrot.
For real, though. It’s okay to use small rewards to persuade yourself to work out. Do we hope you’re compensating yourself with something as healthy as carrots? Sure. But if it’s sometimes pizza, turkey chili, or a salted caramel brownie, that’s okay too, because, balance.
“I usually work out right after work, so I hold off on eating dinner until after I’ve knocked out a workout,” says Julia Gassaway, Richmond, VA. “Mentally, it’s a big reward.”
If food’s not your thing, treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers if you complete all your workouts for a month.
7. Try a halfsie.
When working out at home sounds like the worst thing ever, barter with yourself. “I say I’ll do half of what I normally do,” Gassaway says. “Then, eight times out of 10, I do the full workout anyway because all I really needed was to get started.” And the two times you don’t finish? Well, at least you did half, and that’s better than nothing.
The Bottom Line
The best way to motivate yourself to work out at home is to find a routine you truly enjoy, so your at-home workout doesn’t feel like work. Then, control as many factors as you can to set yourself up for success and make it a habit. Sure, the couch looks damn good when you come home after a long day, but sinking into it will feel so much better after you’ve earned it. Via