Staying Motivated With Apartment Workouts
You don't need to go to the gym to get a good workout!
However, it can be difficult to stick to a routine at home, especially with all the distractions a household can provide. Here are some tips to help you out:
If you need help sticking to your exercise routine, start by creating a schedule. Find a time to workout that won't interfere with your other obligations. Keep in mind that you should try to find a time when other members of your household are busy, to lessen distractions.
Working out in your apartment does come with a few restrictions, but it's still possible to create a routine that will help you burn fat and build muscle. Remember to keep your workout sessions as quiet as possible, especially if you're exercising during early mornings or late evenings. Avoid loud music, heavy jumping, and try not to drop any of your weights.
To start, only exercise a couple of times a week and gradually work up to a five day stretch. Begin with simple exercises to ease yourself in. Gradually increase intensity and duration until you've reached your optimal exercise regimen. With a slow start, you'll be less likely to become overwhelmed.
Focus only on starting each workout. Sometimes thinking about how long exercising will take is worse than the workout itself. Focus on the first 5 minutes and once you reach that mark, extend it by small increments. In the beginning, it's more important to establish a routine than to workout for a set amount of time. Once a habit has formed, you can extend your time as you see fit.
Let's face it, we all have days when we don't feel like exercising. Even the most dedicated athletes have days they just don't feel like heading to the gym. Remain positive but don't take the day off completely. Instead go for a brisk walk, clean your apartment, or take the stairs throughout the day.
As with any goal, remember your optimal fitness level won't be reached overnight. Set your goal small and update once you achieve it to stay motivated.