Exercise helps us become stronger, healthier and happier. Yet somehow we find ourselves resisting it. We find reasons not to sign up for the gym. We think of ways to delay exercise. When we do sign up for a fitness program, we get tempted to break the consistency. Getting started on exercising is not just a physical challenge. It is also mental and emotional. We have to psyche ourselves up before a run, give ourselves some pep talk before lacing up our sneakers to start walking to the gym.
If it’s the gym that gives you anxiety about working out, exercising at home is always an option. In fact, it can be even better for you! Before you start delaying the thought of exercise again because you dread the idea of running outdoors or hitting a communal treadmill, consider the following reasons for why working out at home is good for you.
One of the biggest sources of anxieties for some folks when it comes to the gym is wearing the right clothes. The need to dress up becomes a barrier for stepping into the gym, despite the desire to work out. When you work out at home, you can wear whatever you want. You can wear the rattiest of t-shirts you have, those faded cycling shorts you love wearing but are afraid to wear in public for fear of other folks judging you. Let’s face it. The most comfortable of workout clothes can sometimes be the clothes we’ve worn for ages, but don’t necessarily look good enough for public wear. You can concentrate on your workout instead of constantly wondering if other people are silently judging your workout clothes.
You’ve probably heard the quote “Dance like nobody’s watching.” It’s exactly how working out at home should feel like. When you work out at home, you are able to let go of all anxieties and insecurities and just concentrate on the program, concentrate on the dance. You can comfortably practice your fitness routine with your full attention. You can even shout out your answers when the aerobics instructor asks out loud, “Do you feel the burn?” Shout out YES from the top of your lungs and plunge even deeper into your workout. You can even pretend YOU are the instructor of that salsa exercise video you are following. Throw yourself into the routine. Let go. Work out like nobody’s watching!
Some find signing up for the gym difficult because of the schedule. Will they work out before office hours? After office hours? During lunch time? Will they have enough time to make it home to dinner or to work in the morning? When you work out at home, you can break up your workouts throughout the day. If the kids are napping, play a 30-minute exercise video on Youtube and work out to your heart’s content. Waiting for a package? Wait for the delivery guy outside your home by running up and down the stairs till he arrives. Use chores time as an opportunity to work out. Walk around the house several times with a basket and pick up clutter along the way. You’ll be toning your legs and decluttering your home at the same time.
Glued to the television set? You can still work out even if you’re at home AND have no gym equipment. Jog in place while watching your favorite program. All you need is a good pair of exercise shoes. You’re entertained and you’re keeping your heart fit at the same time!
The most helpful part of working out at home is that you may feel more comfortable than if you work out outside the home. When you’re more comfortable, that’s when you can really focus on the physical activity. You’re more mentally and physically involved, and that can reap a lot more benefits.