Workout from home?
Let’s stay accountable!
Trying to lose weight, want to win the competition, complete the race, or want to achieve your first successful pull-up?
For anything, you need to be physically and mentally stronger, and for this, you must consistently work out.
And if you are going to work out constantly, you must make your workouts as convenient as possible.
At-home workouts are pretty in the trend, convenient, and a great motivator to move your body and get some physical activity in the comforts of your room.
But convenience is only one workout motivator, and the other is accountability — and that can be tricky when you are working out at home. While you might be reluctant to bail on a workout buddy, when the only person holding you accountable for your home workouts is you, it becomes too easy to skip your session.
So, how to hold yourself accountable when you work out at home?
If you want to make your home workout routine stick, it is crucial to hold yourself accountable.
Here are six ways to do it.
1. Join your fitness tribe
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One of the most effective ways to stay accountable when you work out at home is to join an online fitness community where you can share your goals and progress.
The tribe in the community will push you to reach your goals, crush the targets, and empower you to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.
When people share their stories, it impacts the rest of the community and inspires them to take action and elevate their life to the next level.
2. Don’t flake
Put it on your calendar.
You can quickly boost your chance of success by figuring a time that suits you; when you typically have the time, energy, and motivation to work out immediately, block that hour as a daily recurrence on your calendar.
Do not try to force a 5 a.m. workout if you’re a night owl.
Many people try working out in the morning, but they don’t feel good, so they don’t feel like their workouts are as productive.
Make them non-negotiable must-dos.
Schedule your workout just like you would schedule a doctor’s appointment or a paid personal training session. Chances are you would not flake on those appointments — so give your training sessions equal importance.
3. Motivation is the key
Set a specific and measurable goal for yourself — lose 10 pounds, become strong enough to do 15 pull-ups in a row, or run a half marathon.
For example: Identify a highly desirable reward you will give yourself when (and only when) you achieve your goal.
Try to choose a reward that motivates you and supports your healthy lifestyle.
For example, buying new workout gear or scheduling a massage.
4. Get a workout buddy
Recruit a friend
Having a workout buddy can help you stay motivated, even when exercising at home. Invite a friend over to do a home workout with you or sign up for the same online fitness program — that way, you can both do the same workouts and hold each other accountable for completing them.
If that is not doable, identify a friend who can give you a nudge when needed.
It’s as simple as texting your mom, husband, or wife and just saying, ‘Hey, I need to work out today. Will you hold me accountable?”
5. Don’t slack
Stay till the end
When you are working out at home, it can be tempting to give yourself a little too much slack — like skipping the last few reps of an exercise when your muscles start to burn or cutting your workout short because you are tired.
Stream an on-demand class like the FNS Live Virtual Classes
Streaming an online workout can give you a sense of accountability. Once you are mentally committed to doing the entire workout, chances are you will push yourself to keep up with the instructor and stick it out until the end.
6. Stay on track
Track your progress
Weighing yourself may seem like the most obvious way to track your progress, but it is not always the most accurate.
Remember, weight loss and fat loss are not the same.
Most scales do not take body composition into account, so if you are building muscle, the number on the scale might not reflect the changes you see in the mirror. Instead, take measurements or progress photos to see how far you have come.
Seeing the results of your hard work can help you stay on track.
And if you have not been consistent with your weight-loss efforts, seeing a lack of progress may give you the extra push you need.
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