Whether your local gyms are closed or you simply prefer to sweat it out at home, there has never been a better time to kick off an indoor fitness routine. With gyms and studios across the country now streaming their workouts online, you can “hit the gym” right in your living room.

Here are some tips for getting started and keeping it going:

Schedule your workouts

Put some time on the calendar for a meeting with yourself. With a busy schedule, sometimes it’s hard to carve out time to exercise. Or better yet, when we do get free time, we opt for the couch instead of the mat. Sounds familiar? Plan your weekly workouts with at least 30 minutes a day of uninterrupted time for yourself, away from all distractions. Once you get in a groove, you’ll be counting down the hours for your workout date.

Mix up your workouts

Switching up your routine will not only keep you from getting bored of the same workouts, but it’ll push you to work different muscle groups. Your muscles become immune to routine movements, making your workouts less effective over time.

Studios and services that offer digital streaming classes and on-demand content can provide thousands of options to stay active outside the studio, where you can actually see and hear the people in the class. Plus, you’re more comfortable at home. If you’re usually intimidated by trying a new workout, you can try a variety of classes with no pressure.

Work out with a buddy

That’s right, just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean you can’t work out together. Hold yourself and your friends accountable by scheduling workouts together or jumping into a live stream of a class from your local studio. You may be surprised, but your co-workers are actually the best workout partners, even if you’re not physically in the same space. Stay motivated through group chats and share photos of your workouts to keep each other going!

Get the right equipment (or get creative)

Most of us don’t have all the equipment of a traditional gym in our homes and we don’t need to! There are various bodyweight exercises you can do without equipment at all. And if you need some additional weight or resistance, average household items like books (for weight training) or a towel (for stretching) can do the trick. Even little ones and pets can add some extra weight when needed.

 

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