How To Stay Motivated While Working Out At Home

SK on an exercise bike in her black sports bra and pink leggings

In all honesty, I have never been heavy into fitness.  I never needed the gym memberships and personal trainers I had in the past. Before I hit my 30s, I could eat any and everything that I wanted and not have to worry about it.  

Well, that changed once I hit my 30s.

Finding a personal trainer

I started to gain weight in areas that I didn’t necessarily want it. My digestive system wasn’t accepting all the various types of foods that I would eat. I would be bloated for days. It not only caught me off guard but made me feel uncomfortable at times in my skin.

After realizing that nothing was going to magically happen to combat my issue, I knew that I was going to need to take some type of action to get back to where I felt comfortable with my appearance.

Naturally, the first thing that came to mind is, “I need to go to the gym”!

The problem I had was that I really didn’t enjoy working out especially after a long day. Quite frankly, I just don’t like going to the gym. I also really disliked the thought process of working out and trying to put a routine together for myself, which can be complicated.

Initially, it would probably be beneficial for me to work with a personal trainer to guide me and to take all the guesswork away. When I decided I was going to seriously start incorporating fitness into my lifestyle, I did some research on the internet. Amazingly, there is a wonderful female personal trainer right in my area.

Staying fit

It was great because once I got home from work I didn’t have to think about going back out. After all, she would come to my building, use our gym. She would have extra equipment to add the variety needed to my workouts.

I started by doing a combination of one-on-one and group training, in addition to a few workouts on my own at home throughout the week. She was a great motivator. Always full of personality, pushed me when I felt like giving up and made her workouts fun for all.

This fitness stuff was starting to work out great for me. Then, life happened. I started to get distracted among work, scheduling conflicts, and other priorities which resulted in me not working out for months. To top it off, I had to relocate to another area across town. It was no longer convenient to work with the same trainer. I searched for someone else in the area and was just unsuccessful.

This is what led me to start working out at home. 

Trying it out at home by myself

Initially, I just went off memory doing workouts I was previously doing. However, I was not seeing much progress. With that, I started to get distracted by other things yet again. We all know it’s easy to get distracted when you are at home. With kids, music, TV, internet, and whatever other things we like to do during our free time, the motivation to work out is quickly sailing away.

The next best thing was to rely on our dearest internet friend, Google!  I took the time to do more research on working out at home. After reading a ton of articles, I knew I needed to find exercises that I would enjoy doing at home, as well as ways to stay motivated.

Luckily, I was able to accomplish both. There are a ton of workout videos available online via YouTube. Many fitness apps are for free with the option to upgrade to paid plans. I decided to go with a combination of the two.

Brittne Babe

Brittne is known as the workout at home and 21-day challenge queen.  I am so happy to have found her. Even though it’s not an in-person trainer, it still feels like having your own personal trainer.  

She posts many workouts for free on her Instagram. She has had several 21-day challenges available for purchase, usually only about $25 regular price. As far as I can remember, she usually does an unlimited presale for the challenge at $10.  

The great thing is you have access to the content forever. You can go back and do them whenever you like. I have followed her workouts, on and off, for almost 2 years now. She is the go-to girl for anyone that wants effective workouts. It won’t take away too much of your time each day and will keep you motivated throughout.

Nike Training App

The other fitness tool I have found particularly useful is the Nike training app. The app is free. They have a variety of free exercises amongst several categories. Whether you are at home or the gym, targeting a specific muscle group, how much equipment you have available, the app has something for you and more. There is a paid option with the Nike app but the free version is effective enough for me.

There are many other helpful trainers online, especially via YouTube.  Spend some time on it to find a trainer that speaks to you. It’s best to follow someone that motivates you and provides a variety of videos that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Once you’ve figured that out, now you must think about how you are going to stay motivated. It’s easy to have someone provide you workouts to follow along but you must get up and do the workouts.

So how do you stay motivated?

Here are 5 simple ways that I have found to help me stay motivated.

  1. Clear goals
    Before you start your fitness journey, you need to set clear goals for yourself. What are you trying to accomplish and what is your end goal? Once you have this clearly defined, you can remind yourself why you are working out. Use that as motivation to keep pushing you on those days you just simply don’t feel like working out.
  2. Establishing a routine
    It takes 30 days to build a habit. The same thing applies to fitness. It may be hard for that first week or two, let alone 30 days. Keep going and don’t give in.  Once your body has adjusted you might start to feel a bit weird when you don’t get to work out.
  3. Convenience
    You have the power to work out whenever and however long you want. That means you don’t have to rush to a gym right after work or go late at night after a full day. Try out at least two times of the day that work for you. This way you don’t necessarily feel married to one time of the day and it allows for more flexibility. 
  4. Enjoyment
    At this point, you would have found someone online or a fitness app that you enjoy and makes your workouts more interesting and fun. Believe it or not, you will start to get very anxious and excited once it’s time to work out. When you are enjoying something, it makes it a whole lot easier.
  5. Community
    The fitness community has grown so much over the years. No matter what route you choose to take on your fitness lifestyle, rest assured you will have a ton of others that will be right in your corner to motivate and support you. The funny thing is more than half of those people may be strangers, and that’s OK. For example, with Brittne Babe, no matter which challenges or subscription you choose, you will have access to her private FB group. It’s great to have others working towards their fitness goals just like you are.

Take this time to build a healthy body in shape

Sometimes when it becomes too much, you can either double up on your workouts the next day, or just simply skip that day and pick up where you left off. Just remember to not make that a habit because we are trying to build consistency.  

Working out gets easier over time.  If you are not entering the next swimsuit or bodybuilding contest, then go at your own pace and try not to overwhelm yourself.

I’m a strong believer in slow progress is better than no progress.

This will also make it more enjoyable. You won’t feel pressured but it’s still important to set a deadline for yourself. For example, by month 2 “I will” be able to do X, Y, Z”… whatever that goal is for you.  

Setting smaller goals and accomplishing those will help you continue your journey and accomplishing bigger goals you have set for yourself.

The main thing that to take away is that we all go through changes in life, in various ways, so you should never feel like you are alone. At the end of the day, we all were created as individuals. We must learn to accept ourselves, flaws, and all.

If you want to change something then do it because you want to and it makes you happy, not for anyone or anything else!

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SK Kelly

Born and raised in the beautiful Miami, Florida but currently reside in the DC metro area, Shekinah’s eSKapades runs a lifestyle blog that primarily focuses on food, travel, and self-love. I find it fulfilling to visit new places, try new foods, meet new people, experience different cultures and environments outside of the norm.