Post Written by Josh Elsesser
As fitness centers, gyms, and training studios all over the country have closed their doors in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has created a new challenge to stay motivated to keep working out at home.
Staying motivated all the time is hard enough by itself, much less as your favorite training spot is now inaccessible to you.
But the shutdown has prompted fitness centers, instructors, and exercisers alike to get creative and find ways to stay healthy and fit.
Change Your Mindset
Whatever your general motivation for working out, it is important during a time like this to not lose sight of your goals. While trying to gain strength or lose weight during this time isn’t optimal, a change in the way you think about your exercise routine can keep you on track for when the clubs reopen.
Instead of training for a specific goal, think on a broader scale. Exercise for health, stress relief, or to boost your immune system. All of these are excellent reasons to maintain a structured exercise program even though you have to now do it at home.
Make a Plan
One of the most important things to do in order to keep your motivation high is to create a plan for your exercise.
Write up a workout routine, or better yet, allow a COACHD Health & Fitness Specialist to design a workout you can do at your home, with what you have, based on your goals. This way you know that your workouts will be meaningful, and you avoid the “I’m not sure what to do, so I’ll just skip it” trap.
Keep Your Routine
If you are used to working out early, don’t stop that. Set your alarm, get up, and do a workout at the time you normally would. Maintaining your normal routine will give you a sense of accomplishment, and allow you to keep some level of normalcy to your life.
You Don’t Need a Gym for a Great Workout
You don’t need a gym full of equipment to get a great workout. You can get a very effective workout done with very minimal equipment, or just your body-weight. You just have to get creative.
Stick to the basic movement patterns. Do variations or squats, hinges, lunges, pushes, pulls and carries. Don’t try to get to fancy, and don’t try to emulate everything you see on social media.
No matter what you do, don;t stop moving your body. Not only will it allow you to maintain what you have already accomplished in the gym, but it will set you up to be able to keep working toward your goals when you get back to the gym.