In this journey of teaching you how to take care of your own health and play an active role, the 'Surviving Stress' series (see blog posts last month) helps to understand how our bodies work. It can give you an idea of your own baseline and what kind of exercises you should be choosing according to your stress level in order to support your health.
Now I will help you figure out how to facilitate working out and making it a priority.
Here are a few tips on how to set up a 'gym' at home and get motivated to actually do the workout:
1) Work out early in the morning when your willpower is still strong and your brain won't notice what's going on!
2) Find a reward that is worth working for. For example, treat yourself to a nice hot cup of tea or a hot bath after your workout. Maybe even a bigger reward like new workout clothes (or equipment) after sticking with your routine for a month?
3) Get some basic pieces of equipment that are inexpensive but versatile, such as bands, a ball and/or some light weights. This way you can introduce more variety into your workouts.
4) Join a class or partner up with a friend/family member for accountability and moral support. Alternative: have your annoying trainer send weekly reminder emails to do your workouts :)
5) Have a dedicated space for your equipment. Maybe the dark, creepy basement with the weird noises is not the right space for that. Choosing an inviting space will make you look forward to spending time there. Bonus: having everything set up makes it even easier to get started.
6) Keep it short - Workouts don't always have to be an hour long. Sometimes 10 minutes of core, balance, meditation or anything else done daily is better than only one 60-minute workout a week.
Hopefully, this is useful to you!
In order to put all those tips to the test, you can practice with this quick challenge:
Health and Fitness have always played an important role in my life.