Exercising at home has many advantages, but it’s not always easy to find the motivation. So let’s take a look at the different tips to motivate yourself to do sports at home!
Find out what motivates you
First of all, to motivate yourself to do sports at home, it is important to take stock. Take a moment to think about what makes you want to do it: is it to feel better? Is it to find or get back into shape? To challenge yourself? To take care of yourself?
There are so many reasons, so it’s up to you to find the one that fits you. Once you have defined it, don’t hesitate to put it in writing to remind yourself why you are doing this.
Set your goals
Once motivated, you need to set yourself goals. These must remain realistic, for example, if you haven’t done anything for years, it’s not worth setting yourself the goal of doing 2 hours of abs every day of the week!
Start with simple goals, such as exercising twice a week, or 30 minutes a day, or reducing your waist circumference by 2 cm. It will always be possible to increase them later. For information, the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of intense sports activity per week for 18-64-year-olds to maintain good health
The WHO also recommends weight training at least two days a week. Once you have set your goals, write them down clearly and precisely.
Plan your sessions
Based on your objectives, you can plan your sessions. Choose the day, duration, and content of your sessions. You can also create a nice schedule that will give you the motivation you need to follow it.
The advantage of practicing physical activity at home is that you can choose the schedules that suit you according to your schedule, but also the times of the day when you are most motivated.
Explore the many possibilities
Who said training at home was boring? Today, the possibilities are endless! Online Zumba classes, yoga, and meditation breaks, training programs, you just have to choose
More and more professional coaches are offering precise, progressive training programs per day and week, in the form of PDFs, free of charge or not, which detail the exercises and give advice. Video courses are available on YouTube or on the many specialized platforms that flourish on the web.
Some top athletes like Teddy Riner even offer to follow and copy their training sessions by filming themselves live: a trainer who is ten times world champion, who could say better?
Don’t isolate yourself
Training at home doesn’t necessarily mean solo training. Whether it’s with your partner or with your friends via video conference, training together is always more motivating. You don’t want to skip the last round because you’re getting tired. And it will also be an opportunity for a good time to share.
To keep your motivation intact, remember to keep track of your results. To do this, you can take photos of yourself every Monday, for example, or take your measurements. Keeping track of these different indicators will give you something to hold on to in case your morale drops.
Don’t forget never to self-flagellate: if you miss a session, rather than judging yourself, think about how much you’ve accomplished, why you started and the importance of taking time for yourself. Think of it as a way to come back more motivated than ever rather than give up.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz defined the time it takes to create a new habit as 21 days. Subsequently, studies conducted by the University College of London proved that it was more like 66 days to incorporate new behaviour into our routine and to maintain it.
It was also found that leaving driving on the sidelines for one day was not detrimental to the long-term goal, so there was no cause for concern. In short: persevere, and soon this new habit will become so ingrained in you that you won’t even need to think about it anymore!