How to Stay Motivated When You Work Out Alone
Sometimes you may find yourself working out at home alone or stranded in the gym surrounded by compete strangers. Your gym partner bailed on you or you didn’t have time to drive to the gym, and you’re left with doing squats with your weights all on your own.
There is always a way you can find the motivation to keep going without backing down on your personal fitness goals. Those reps won’t get done by themselves, now will they? Here are a few pointers to get your head in the game and stay motivated while you’re working out at the gym or at home all by yourself:
Listen To Music
Music takes you away. It’s a great distraction and it can be quite encouraging to work out with a beat. Who wouldn’t like to train as hard as Rocky Balboa with ‘The Eye of the Tiger” playing behind them in the background? Not only would that keep you on your feet but it would also end up being quite enjoyable. It would keep you entertained when there is no one else.
Some people also use the length of a song to calculate their training exercise reps at times. Others like to set up a playlist that’s the exact length of time they’re going to be out jogging. Figure out what works for you and use the music to help you along the way.
Once you have decided you’re stuck alone for your workout session, be prepared about which exercises and training preps you plan to do. Are you going to pop in a dance workout DVD? Is it your usual “leg day”? Make sure to have a plan in place for your solo workout, so that you don’t end up bailing on yourself.
If there are any exercises which require assistance it is probably a good idea that you skip it — like the bench press — and replace it with something else. Don’t endanger yourself by thinking you might be able to do it all by yourself. There are plenty of exercises which you can do on your own.
This might sound obvious, but many people approach exercise at full force and don’t slow down long enough to truly feel what’s going on in their bodies. Instead of jumping straight into your exercise routine, occasionally allow yourself some time to evaluate what’s going on. Ask yourself some questions. How does your body feel? Do you have pain or discomfort? Are you low on energy?
Before you begin your work out, also make sure you have all the equipment you need and that your space is set up for a successful exercise session from start to finish. If you don’t have the proper setup, stopping to adjust during your workout can break your concentration and give you an excuse to stop.
Working out by your self can easily lead to an overwhelmed feeling which allows you to overestimating your abilities. Starting with small goals and giving yourself healthy rewards is important to your success and stick–to–itiveness.
You don’t have a trainer guiding you through your workout and you encouraging you in real time. So take the time to do so for yourself. Analyze and reevaluate your position, eliminate distractions, stick to the small goals you set for yourself and expand your approach with time.
I’ve mentioned this before but finding motivation is one of the hardest parts of committing to a more active, fit, and healthy lifestyle. It’s important to not let the fact that you’re going to be working out alone stop you from making healthier lifestyle choices.