With all the gyms closed and everyone stuck at home in lockdown thanks to COVID-19, there is a lot of talk online about working out at home. Just because it’s a hot topic doesn’t mean everyone is happy about it. In fact, most people really struggle working out at home.
As a gym owner who is dedicated to helping our members stay active during the COVID-19 crisis, I thought I would share a few tips we are sharing with our members to keep them moving when everything seems like it is at a standstill.
1. Stick to a workout schedule.
Our gym, Lift Fitness, has all of our online classes scheduled in our member app so people can reserve their spot in our virtual classes in advance. Not only is this great added accountability, it also helps people plan their workout schedule. While we don’t expect everyone to attend all of our live workouts, scheduling classes in advance helps people make a plan and map out their workout routine for the week, whether they do the classes live or they do them later on demand.
2. Get ready for the gym.
If you think you are going to have a great workout barefoot in your pajamas, think again. What you wear and where you workout matter more than you think. We suggest you throw on your favorite gym clothes and lace up before each home workout. Not only does it get your body ready, it gets your head ready too.
3. Prepare your gym space.
In addition to getting your body ready, you need to have your home gym ready too. Decide what device you will use to stream or watch workouts. Gather all the gym gear you have and get it ready for use, even if it’s just a yoga matt and a set of dumbbells.
Whether you are just working out in your garage, living room or back patio, workouts will feel more comfortable and normal the more prepared you are and the more often you use your home gym space.
4. Get psyched up.
It is easy to get geared up for your workout because you have time in the car to help you make that mental transition from work to workout. However, if you are working from home, it’s not as easy to walk a few feet away from the computer and be excited about a workout.
As you your online workout approaches, give yourself enough time to switch gears. Turn off work and turn on your favorite high-energy tunes to get your body ready to rock.
5. Stay connected.
We work very hard to make our online workouts as interactive and engaging as possible because we know the importance of community. One of our favorite quotes is from an African proverb, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. Community is the secret to lasting success.
If you don’t have an opportunity to do online interactive zoom workouts with your coaches or friends, you can stay connected on social media. Tag friends in fitness related posts. Challenge friends to do the same workout as you are doing. Post workout #ProofPics for added accountability. Stay connected with all your gym friends so you can lift each other up every day. Believe me. There will be days you don’t feel like working out but one of your friends will inspire you when you need it most.
Working home is different but you can have a great workout if you prepare for a great workout.
Learn more about our online workouts at www.LiftVero.com.