A lot of people have developed home fitness routines over the last year, but for many, these workouts leave something to be desired. Maybe their home equipment isn’t great or the workout intensity isn’t high enough, but whatever the problem it can be discouraging, which is why many who can afford it are now willing to shell out the money for expensive home equipment, like Peloton bikes. But what if you could upgrade your workout without spending a fortune? It’s entirely possible and many people find it makes a big difference.
Opt For Small Indulgences
Fancy fitness equipment is pricy, and while bikes and treadmills can improve your workout, they can also leave your wallet pretty empty. On the other hand, if you dread getting down on the floor for your workout, you might consider investing in a thicker yoga mat. Having a few nice pieces of equipment to use during your workouts – whether that’s a new pair of sneakers or even better headphones to wear while running – can go a long way towards boosting your motivation.
Get Some Support
Working out alone can be demoralizing, especially if you’ve hit a plateau in your fitness journey. On the other hand, it’s still not widely safe to gather in large group. For a safe alternative, you might consider working with an online personal training program. Not only can online programs fit more easily into your schedule, but they also provide the support and encouragement that you need to commit fully to your exercise routine.
Involve Your Pets
This may not work if your pet is a gerbil or even a cat, but if you’re a dog owner, you can mix up your home fitness routine by including fido in your workouts. Medium-sized dogs offer great resistance for squats and curls, and dogs of all sizes are happy to add some excitement to your burpees, lunges, and twists, as long as you’ve got some treats. Or, if you really want to try something different, put the focus on your dog and try some agility training. You’ll get a workout and your dog will learn some new skills.
Don’t Forget The Fuel
Working out in a gym or playing a sport creates clear boundaries around your workout routine, but when you’re home all the time, it’s easy to forget to eat a nutritious meal and drink enough water, and that will impact your performance. If you would normally fuel your workout with a pre-routine shake or protein bar, do it at home, too. And don’t forget to drink enough water. Keep a water bottle on hand wherever you go and you’ll never have to worry you’re headed into a workout dehydrated.
When you’re already committed to getting in a workout, it doesn’t take much to be successful. But, if you want to get more out of your fitness routine, sometimes you have to break up the monotony.
Get some support, fuel up, and let your workout be a fun part of your day, not just a functional one. Before you know it, you’ll be out of your workout rut and back at the top of your game.