Many people like to go to the gym because they know that, once they get there, they will work out. Working out at home can save lots of time and money, but presents a world of distractions and excuses. This article makes suggestions how the home user of a treadmill, elliptical, or home gym can meet these challenges and get the most out of working out at home.
1. Keep kids out. This is your private time. If your children are small, you can use some kind of electronic monitor to keep track of them. For example, an intercom that lets you hear them should keep them both safe and out of the way.
2. Set the clock. If you’re giving yourself, say, 45 minutes, start and then don’t stop until your time is up. No breaks.
3. Avoid distractions. No refrigerator. No TV. No book or magazine. Some would disagree with this, saying they get bored without reading or watching something. I say if you can read, you’re not working out hard enough. Turn off the phone. Surely you can do without it for half an hour. You can just return the call for heaven’s sake.
4. Listen to rock music. Even if you don’t usually like it, this is the right time to listen to it. Find a good beat, turn it up, and get lost in it! Some treadmills and ellipticals, like those found on treadmill-world.com, have iPod stations that that allow you to plug in your own music.
5. Workout with a workout partner. Not for socializing, but for motivating each other. If you’ve set a time, you’re less likely to make excuses if someone else is counting on you. Make sure they are as dedicated, or more dedicated than you are. Maybe the friend you met in the gym. Push each other. Do these rules sound too much like discipline? Well, that’s what it’s all about. Most people are not in good shape because they just can’t workout consistently. They can’t workout consistently because they just don’t have the discipline. We all struggle with that, but if you follow these “rules,” your chances of success are much better.
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