Given that so many gyms and fitness studios are now closed across the globe, people are looking for ways to work out at home and outdoors now more than ever. Exercising in a new environment without any of the usual equipment can quickly get stale, however. Here are some tips on how to stave off workout boredom and a lack of motivation, while gyms and fitness studios are still closed.
Give streaming or video workouts a try.
When you’re social distancing, workout classes are out of the question. Luckily, there are tons of streaming fitness studios that are providing video workouts and live stream workouts online. Some trainers are even doing free workouts on their social media channels, so it’s worth checking your favorite fitness accounts to see what they’ve come up with. Mix it up with different instructors and workout styles to keep things interesting.
Reward yourself for working out.
“There’s nothing like creative incentives to breathe life into your workouts,” says Jennifer Nagel, a fitness coach. So, try to think of fun ways to reward yourself for “showing up” to your home workouts. This could include anything that feels fun right now, maybe purchasing a new book or watching an episode of a TV show you’re trying not to binge-watch. Each week, choose a new goal and incentive to make reaching your goals exciting.
Turn your regular routine into a circuit.
If you’re not already doing circuit workouts, they can work wonders for keeping things both quick and interesting. They can also help translate gym workouts to home workouts. If you normally do squats, add some mountain climbers and step-ups and repeat three to four times for a killer leg circuit. If Because you’re doing the movements back-to-back, they can still feel challenging without weight.
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