One of the questions my readers as me the most is how to stay motivated and consistent with working out (and eating healthy). They see me workout consistently 5 to 6 days a week and assume I’m some fitness fanatic who loves to get sweaty.
The funny thing is, nothing could be further from the truth.
- I hate getting sweaty because it ruins my hair
- I don’t like being uncomfortable
- From the minute I start a workout “oh God when will it be over?” Is on repeat in my brain
- I’m not particularly athletic, strong or flexible and I look ridiculous when I workout (case in point below)
The only reason I stay consistent with my workouts is that I’ve found a way to make them as easy to do as possible... I workout at home.
True fact - I HATE gyms.
The bright lights and obnoxious music is a total energy suck for me and there always seems to be lots of germs and jerks to make the experience even worse. By working out at home (or outside), I avoid crowds, parking, traffic, travel time and having to think about what I’ll wear. I much prefer to wear whatever and sweat it out in a small corner of my bedroom. That way, I get it done and over with minimal drama, so I can get on with my day
And yes, you can absolutely get results working out at home with minimal or no equipment.
Now, I’m not suggesting this is the best solution for you. Some people thrive at gyms or fitness classes where they can be inspired by others. That’s totally fine! The key is to find out what works for you.
What Would Inspire You to Workout Consistently Every Week?
- Do you prefer to workout alone or with others?
- Is it preferable to work out with an instructor/trainer or do you like to do your own thing?
- What style of workout do you enjoy doing?
- Are you competitive with yourself or others? Does performance motivate you or are you just interested in staying active and healthy?
- If you’re currently not working out at all and you’re not sure where to start, think about what you see on social media? What inspires you? I love following runners on Instagram. More than any other sport, runners just look like they’re having the most fun.
These are just a few questions that can help you figure out your own groove. As you know, I have my own favorite workouts to do at home, but it’s important that you find what works for you and keeps you motivated to keep showing up.
Once you start becoming consistent at a workout that you enjoy (or at least don’t hate), you’ll start to find that you don’t need to fight with yourself as much to get going. You’ll find that those workouts become more regular and enjoyable and 5 to 6 days of training a week will seem habitual to you.
Mix Up Your Workouts So You Never Get Bored
I strongly encourage you to explore different ways of moving your body. It’s not only better for you to cross-train, it will also keep things interesting. I love running, HIIT, Yoga, Piyo and weightlifting and I couldn’t imagine giving up any of them!
Find what works for you and never stop exploring new ways of exercising. I promise you, it will pay off not just in the quality of your health, but also your mental state, brain clarity and youthfulness. I am 48 years old and I’m so grateful that I’ve committed to staying fit and active because I look and feel so much better than most people my age!
What Workouts Should You Try First?
That depends on what works for you. If you want to try some home workouts, I've listed my personal favorites (based on skill level and impact) right here. There are some incredible fitness apps on the market right now! Personally, I love Beachbody on Demand and Core Power Yoga because I can watch an instructor take me through a full workout. I've also been experimenting with some running workouts through Apptive which is audio training only, so perfect for when you want to workout outside.
For group workouts, I've found Class Pass to provide the best variety of options and it's a super value!
Have you tried working out consistently in the past without success? What will you do differently this time around?
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.