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Not having a gym membership doesn't mean you can't work out at home.
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If you're rather binge watch sitcoms than hit the gym, we hear ya. Even the best of us occasionally want to skip a workout - but if you're skipping workouts regularly, you're sabotaging your health. Setting goals and planning ahead might be just what you need to get back on track, and a little reward now and then doesn't hurt either. Try these tips to get off the couch and into the gym.
Keep it in Sight
Leave your workout gear out and in sight. Each night before you go to sleep, place clean workout clothes and sneakers next to your bed. Your workout gear should be the first thing you see when you wake up, so you don't make excuses that you forgot. For a stronger reminder, leave workout equipment such as dumbbells and a balance ball around the house to make it impossible to forget.
Set goals to keep your exercise routine on track. Writing down your goals and putting them on the fridge will encourage you to stick to your plans, while also preventing you from indulging yourself in the kitchen. Make your goals realistic, such as losing 1 to 2 pounds a week or 5 to 10 pounds a month.
Find a workout buddy, whether it's one of your friends, family members or someone from the gym. Having someone with you who has the same goals is a great motivator. You both have each other for support and to help one another push through the workouts and lazy days.
Keep a log of every time you work out. The log will become a daily to-do list routine. Keeping a log will not only make you feel good about yourself for not being lazy, but will spark an interest to improve your progress - such as miles run within a time frame or amount of weight lifted - and motivate you to keep going.
Experiment With New Exercises
Find an exercise or physical activity that you enjoy. Not everyone enjoys a run on the treadmill. Look for fun activities to join, such as a yoga class, sport league or dance class. If your problem is boredom, vary your workout routine. Run one day, dance another and use the elliptical a third day. Performing physical activities that you enjoy will stop you from putting off your workout routine.
Treat Yo Self
Reward yourself after each workout routine. Many people increase their performance when there's positive reinforcement. The rewards you choose can either internal or external. An internal reward would be the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you're a step closer to your goals. An external reward would be buying a pair of running shoes to look good in and to maintain your motivation toward working out.