Before you decide to work out at home, you'll need to consider several things. For example, it takes more self-motivation to exercise at home, especially if you park the treadmill next to your bed. This ill-advised arrangement forces you to weigh your options: Hit the snooze button again or exercise — how often will you cave in to the more sedentary option? Aside from parking the treadmill somewhere other than your bedroom, try these quick tips to increase your chances of home-workout success.
Exercise first thing in the morning, before you have any interruptions, and preferably before the rest of the household awakens.
Make your workouts a priority and schedule them in your planner as you would an important business meeting.
Invite a friend to join you in your workouts – and make sure it's someone who will hold you accountable, not your lazy friend who would prefer you joined him on the couch with a bag of chips.
Play upbeat music for exercise motivation -- or wear an iPod if others in the house are sleeping.
When weather permits, bring all or part of your workout outside for variety.
Choose a workout space that's well-ventilated, well-lit and a pleasure to be in.
You can create an efficient exercise space with minimal cash outlay. For less than the price of a restaurant dinner you can adequately outfit yourself with enough equipment for a complete workout.
Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes five days a week for health benefits, be consistent, eat healthy and you'll soon see results from your home fitness efforts.
Check out this 5-minute workout for women that can be performed at home.
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