A few things before I hit you with some inspiration for home workouts!
First, when I started Life Outside the Shop, I really wanted to document just that – the things Sam and I get up to when he isn’t head down in his scroll saw. I also started LOTS because I was previously blogging at healthythankyoumoreplease but it started to feel like work outside of work.
As a nutrition and lifestyle coach, I found that I was writing about the same things I was chatting with clients about all day and it added up FAST.
Life Outside the Shop takes some of that pressure off so I can share OTHER things I’m passionate about outside of nutrition and health. But, that is still a big part of my life and something I’m inspired to bring to LOTS when it feels right.
And right now, it feels right since home workouts are top of mind for many of us. The second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak is looming and gyms are starting to shut down again.
I get it – home workouts can be tough. If you’re used to sweating in a class setting working out alone in your house can be a REALLY weird adjustment.
Right now home workouts are top of mind for many of us. As the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak looms gyms are re-closing quickly. This means that we’re taking our workouts from our normal gym routine and adapting them to be a bit more at-home friendly.
This leads us to the big question – how can you keep it interesting when you’re working out from home?
And, how can you actually keep tracking towards your fitness goals when your “regularly scheduled programming” is no longer….well….regular?
That’s what I am here for. First, we GOTTA tackle that voice in your head trying to spread unhelpful lies that set you up to fail before you even begin.
Here are some of the traps I see people fall into most often (and a few ways to reframe these mindsets to be more helpful for you…and your muscles!)
This is a SUPER common one… I totally get it. Here is the thing, a lot of the time SOMETHING is going to be better than nothing.
While it may be true that working out at home feels different than hitting the gym with your training partners, you can still get in a good session at home.
(TRULY) Believing this from the get-go is the first step. This keeps you from falling into the “well, if I’m not dying on the floor at the end, I should skip it altogether”.
*It is also worth noting here that even IN the gym, you’re doing it #wrong if you’re dying on the floor after EVERY single workout. It is important to push yourself, yes, but it is also important to make sure you’re finding a balance between the days you go ALL OUT and the days you focus on practicing skills, moving more slowly through strength work etc. This way, you can ensure your nervous system gets proper recovery time! Don’t believe me? Check out this episode of Chasing Excellence.
Another common one! You’re not alone!
There are PLENTY of awesome ways you can keep intensity high using bodyweight movements. Plus, if you really move fast and push yourself, you’ll be huffing and puffing in no time.
That being said, if you don’t have dumbbells or kettlebells, you can definitely get creative and grab weighted items at home if you feel comfortable and you’re moving through workouts safely!
Here are some ideas:
This is mostly timely right now during #socialdistancing and being more cooped up at home. But, this is a good reminder nonetheless!
You do NOT need to work out more because you…
a) have more time and/or
b) aren’t getting the same exact workout you would at the gym
It is still VITALLY important that you’re giving your body the time it needs to recover from your workouts. And, you can still stay MOVING through your day by:
Motivation it is NOT something that is under your control and if you’re just not feelin’ it, that doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you.
It likely means that you’re tired, stressed (um…yep!), distracted, ready for lunch (also yep!) or just don’t feel like it.
The secret? You can do it anyway;) Here are some ways to set yourself up for the MOST success possible when it comes to gettin’ after it at home.
We can all use a little inspo now and then! That’s why I created a home workout guide that includes…
You can download the free guide HERE!
DISCLAIMER: The workouts and ideas I share are aimed to provide inspiration and ideas but may not be right for you and shouldn’t be considered a program in any way. Make sure to consult your doctor or a qualified professional if and when necessary.
I can’t wait to hear what you think. Drop a comment below if you give any of these workouts a shot.