Staying Motivated To Work Out At Home

Staying Motivated To Work Out At Home

Grace Shu
Feb 6, 2009

Awhile back, Gregory showed off his upper body strength with his cat food pull-ups and Janel confessed her love for her Wii Fit; so when we decided to reevaluate our 2009 budget, our 24 Hr Fitness gym membership was one of the first things to go. After two weeks or so of feeling sluggish, we hefted our chubby selves off the couch and decided it was high time home.

Gym equipment stashed in the credenza...
Let's be honest: working out (for me, at least) totally, completely sucks for the first ten minutes. But even before I get motivated to actually exercise, the two hour lead-up really, REALLY sucks. Why? Because during that time, I've come up with a pretty comprehensive list of excuses in my head of why I can't squeeze in an hour to sweat it out...some examples include: "I have sooo much work to do" or "Hmm, maybe I'll do it later, I mean, tomorrow" or even, "Well, all I have to eat in the house is cereal...that's like a diet, kind of..." (hey, I never said these excuses were great).

So what to do? I've found that delegating a specific time in the day to work out helps a lot. Also, if you're going to do a DVD, make sure it's one that you actually enjoy (the Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout is pretty good, thanks Oprah!) even if you feel ridiculous doing it. While I do stash weights, DVDs, and other gym-type equipment underneath my bed (out of sight!), it helps if I leave my mat rolled up in the corner of the room as a constant reminder that working out is a daily necessity. (Guilty pleasure motivator: episodes of Biggest Loser.)

For all of you who work out at home, what are some your tips on staying motivated?

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