If you’re feeling stuck and unmotivated within your own home during these unprecedented times, don't be too hard on yourself. Yes, things are feeling a little frustrating right now, but think about it like this: we've been fortunate enough to be given a free pass in our life, to really focus and build ourselves to come out of this stronger and more determined than we ever were.
In many ways, this also applies to your fitness routine. It might not be the same as it was before, but we've given the chance to try something new, to create a new normal. In the meantime, if you need a little help knowing where to start with building your at-home fitness routine, we're here to help.
Self-Care Is Rule No. 1
By far, self-care is the most important consideration when building your fitness routine. You need to listen to your body and do whatever makes YOU happy. If the thought of doing a sit-up makes you sick to the core, don’t do it. You’re going to despise working out if you do everything you’re not comfortable with, so make sure you really are loving your workouts.
Be Sure To Plan
Planning out your fitness routine helps structure your workouts but it’s also important to keep it realistic.
- Set specific goals: Build your workout routine with a target each day. This could be time, calories burnt or even just staying active.
- Utilise tools to keep you going: Using a fitness app or a smart watch will help to structure your workouts and provide you with motivation to keep going.
Switch It Up
- Be flexible: Observe how your body reacts everyday to your routine and keep switching things up if you have to. This will avoid boredom and keep you motivated to progress further.
The latter leading us on nicely to the next point - to always switch things up! To keep your fitness routine fresh and exciting, you should always try and do something different. Why not have a change of scenery once in a while, perhaps move to your garden, or a different room, or even work out virtually with a friend!
With hundreds of Auro workouts that can be done literally anywhere, rest assured you will never get bored. You could even get creative by using essentials such as a spare tyre, heavy water bottles or even just a towel for added resistance!
Love Your Bodyweight
Not all of us have the luxury of owning a home-gym or even any exercise equipment at all, and that’s OK. You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy an effective workout, in fact, you don’t need any equipment at all with bodyweight exercises.
Bodyweight HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of the most effective ways to burn calories and also build muscle. The amazing thing about HIIT workouts are that you still burn calories after you finish with your workout.
How you ask? Well, imagine a kettle boiling water. The kettle still remains hot for a short while after it has been boiled. This same concept applies to your heart rate when working out, your body continues to pump blood at a faster rate around your body so even when you’re resting, you’re cooling down and burning calories.
The Foods That Make You Feel Good
It’s easy to give in to 10 cups of tea and coffee a day when it’s so accessible to you at home but it’s so important to stay hydrated. Try to drink at least two litres of water everyday, or more if you’re training hard.
You may also wish to meal prep the night before to avoid snacking or getting stuck when you realise it’s finally lunch time.
Building your fitness routine is by no means easy but just remember that it’s YOURS, so just make sure whatever you decide to do it works best for YOU.
Auro is a home and outdoor audio fitness app; it’s like having your very own audio personal trainer, providing you with hundreds of motivational workouts. To help you get started with your at-home fitness routine, Auro are offering a 30-day free trial of their home workout app with video guides via their website.