5 Keys to Success with Your Home Exercise Program

by Amy Nelson October 11, 2013

Young woman exercising in a living room



1. Be Realistic.  If you haven’t worked for six months, or six years, don’t tell yourself you are going to work out 7 days a week right out of the gate.  Start out with 2 or 3 days a week.  But commit to it.  If you try to work out seven days a week cold turkey, then you’ll more than likely get frustrated and quit after you miss a day or two.  Don’t put so much pressure on yourself in the beginning.



2. Claim Your Space.  If you are going to work out successfully at home, you must claim your space.  Kick everyone else out of it, unless they are working out with you.  You don’t need a cheering section, or a jeering section.  Even if the space is only yours for an hour, or 30 minutes, just long enough for your workout, claim it and don’t give it up.  The kids can DVR whatever it is that is so important.



3. Claim Your Time.  Set a schedule.  If you have a spouse and kids, work out a time with your spouse when they agree that they are in charge of the kids.  If you’re a single parent, figure out a way to make it work.  Make the kid, or kids, workout with you.  (They’ll love it, trust me)!  Work out during their nap time.  Have a friend or neighbor come watch the kids for a little while, and you can return the favor.  And if the kids are old enough to watch themselves, tell them that for 30-45 minutes on work out days, you are unavailable to solve the world’s problems.  Hang a big “DO NOT DISTURB” sign in your space, during your time.



4. Be Smart.  Don’t try to be Tony Horton in week one.  I’ll say it again, if you haven’t exercised in two years, don’t come out trying or expecting to be a hero.  You’ll just get hurt, or worse!  If you question whether or not you’re healthy enough to exercise, consult your doctor.  Please!  Once you have your doctor’s blessing, choose a home exercise program that you can handle.  Find a coach and ask them their opinion.  Just because you want to lose 30 pounds, that doesn’t mean that you should try to lose it all in one week.



5. Have Fun.  No matter what home exercise program you’re doing, it isn’t going to be easy.  Think about it.  If it was easy to do to the first time you did it, then it’s not going to bring about much change.  Having fun is absolutely key if you want to keep going.  If you dread your workout, and you beat yourself up every step of the way, you’re just going to quit.  Laugh at yourself when you fail.  Try again the next time.  When you fail again, laugh at yourself again, but commit to try again.  Have fun with the process and you will see success beyond your dreams.

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