It’s no secret, I love to workout and run. It brings me peace and makes me feel so good about myself. It’s one of the only things that I do that’s just for me and it’s important for my sanity. Because lets face it, if I wasn’t doing my workouts I’d be a grumpy person that you’d probably see on the news. Exercise and running is my stress release.
Before I got started I used to tell myself I couldn’t exercise because I had kids. I didn’t want to take them to a gym and put them in a the gym daycare. That’s fine for a lot of people but I personally didn’t feel comfortable with it. I also said I didn’t have time either because I always had my kids with me and how do you workout with kids always with you? After thinking this way for a long time and not making a change I started to feel miserable. I had to find a solution that worked for everyone, myself and my kids. That’s when I discovered that I could workout at home, still be with my kids and have great results at the same time. It’s not always a perfect but it’s perfect for me.
The reasons I make working out at home work for me:
Time: One of the biggest reasons I workout at home is because of time. I often hear “I don’t have time to workout” It’s true, I don’t have time to workout either, I make time and I make that time work for me. I want to get my workouts in quick and I don’t want to drive across town to a gym. I like to do it when I want and have it work for my schedule. I don’t want to be a slave to a class at the gym. I want to workout when it fits in best for me and when I do it at home I can control everything. Some days I do my workouts before anyone is awake and other times it’s when the kids are playing. The main thing is that I can make it work for me depending on what’s going on at my house.
Money: This is huge driving force for me too. Not only do I not want to drive to a gym to do my workouts, I don’t want to pay for one monthly. I had to pay a little bit of money up front to invest in some great at home programs by Beachbody. But that small amount of money doesn’t come close to what I would have paid in gym fees for all of these years. Plus I can take those programs with me anywhere I go and make any place my gym. As long as I have some floor space and a my computer/DVD player I can still do my workouts.
I’m the example: When I started working out at home this reason wasn’t on my radar at all. In fact, I was a little annoyed that my kids were always at my feet. I’d have to stop and start workouts occasionally to parent the kids. It made me frustrated but the pros still out weighed the cons and I stuck with it. The longer I was doing the workouts the less the kids would interrupt me. They all started to realize that what I was doing was important to me and they learned to leave me alone. A lot of times they sit and watch me workout and they give me encouragement. Sometimes they jump in and do some exercises with me. It finally hit me one day that what I was doing at home was showing them so many things. I was the example that they needed to see, I was the mirror by which they would model their own health against. Seeing me take care of myself will show them how to take care of themselves. Seeing me take time for myself will show them that you can’t give all your time to everyone else and that it’s okay to do something for you. It’s not selfish to take care of you, it’s necessary and needed for many reasons.
Accountability: Yes, even with working out at home I still have accountability. I run monthly accountability groups to help keep people motivated and on track with their fitness journey. It not only helps them but it helps me too. If I’m holding them accountable then I have to hold myself accountable too. I need to practice what I preach. I also have an accountability partner that I check in with daily. She exercises at home and we keep each other going. We text each other daily and stay on track together.
Vanity: When I workout it my own home I don’t have to think about what I look like. I don’t have to worry about others looking at me. I can focus on myself and I don’t have to think about anything else. This works well for me because I am easily distracted by my surroundings.
Variety: Since I’ve been working out at home for several years I’ve invested in several different programs. Of course this didn’t happen overnight and it took me a little time but now I have choices depending on what I feel like doing. Sometimes I stick with one program and other times I change it up daily but the choice is always mine.
There is no one size fits all key to success when you’re trying to change your life. What you have to find is what works best for you. Try different things and see how it fits. If you haven’t tried working out at home but think it might be a good fit for you, I’d love to help.