Whether you’re a home workout aficionado or new to the world of home workouts, mastering your routine can be tricky. BUT, never fear! Team FHIT are here with some top tips to keep you on track and become a master of the home workout.
We’ve divided our top tips up into three sections, Routine and Motivation, Space and Surroundings, and Rest, Mindfulness and Gratitude. Pick one tip from each section, each week to keep your FHIT routine fresh and on-track – these 3 tips will be your weekly key to conquering the home workout.
Routine and Motivation
It’s way easier to stay on track if you have a plan! Follow the program on the FHIT dashboard and it’s all laid out for you (including rest days!) just pick your phase and set aside 15 minutes in your day to build a stronger, fitter you!
In the same way that it’s easier to stick to a plan than workout on the fly, it’s also easier to complete your home workout if you carve out time for your FHIT sesh. Set your routine by aiming to work out at the same time, setting an alarm to help remind you and build good habits. Don’t worry if you can’t work out at the same time every day, it takes time to adjust to new routines. Alarms and routine help serve as good reminders to prioritise your health and wellbeing so that you can keep showing up for those that you love!
Avoiding the workout? Remind yourself of your WHY. Check back in with yourself, your goals and how you’re feeling – your last fitness check-in results are a great place to start.
If you feel like you need a bit more motivation, why not try reaching out in the FHIT Community Group? Your fellow members are there to share inspiration and be your cheer squad.
Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come! Try taking a motivational selfie after each workout. Your progress pics will encourage you when you feel like you don’t feel like working out.
In last month’s blog we mentioned a fitness journal. If you’ve been keeping one, try reading some of your best journal entries and get ready to get your sweat on.
These reminders show how strong, happy and FHIT you are and will make conquering your next workout a whole lot easier!
Space and Surroundings
Find the spot in your home where you’ll do your FHIT phases and make it fun! Whether it’s your living room or a spare room, make your workout space your own where you can.
Make the space inviting and inspiring so you’re excited to be in it – that’s definitely a top tip for mastering the home workout!
If you’ve been working out in the same space and you’re feeling a little uninspired, it may be time to change up your space.
You could move rooms, take your exercise into an available outdoor space, try a new exercise mat or add some folded towels to get more of home spa/gym feel.
Motivational posters or a mood board tracking your favourite workouts and progress pics are also great for motivation and adding an extra dimension to your workout space.
Rest, Mindfulness and Gratitude
Getting a good amount of sleep will help your body recover and ease your mind. Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Getting more sleep gives you more energy and motivation to work out – so get some extra ZZZ’s if you can and you’ll be crushing your home exercise before you know it.
In the same way that sleep improves our mood, food and water keep our body healthy, aid recovery and keep our muscles growing. Fuel your body well and you’ll be well on the way to becoming the boss of home workouts.
Have you tried practicing meditation, mindfulness or gratitude? These powerful strategies can help us feel a great sense of contentment and drive us to do more of the things that make us feel great.
Taking 10-15 minutes away from the constant cycles of thought and decision-making can help us relax our minds and often results in a serene and calm feeling – perfect for increasing our overall sense of wellbeing. Try a mindfulness exercise today, we really like this S.T.O.P exercise from the FHIT resident Psychologist, Brian Langsworth.
Mindfulness reminds us to be in the moment! It means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations through a gentle, nurturing lens. Making us focus on acceptance and pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them.
Gratitude is as simple as taking 10 minutes each day to reflect on a few things that you are thankful for. You could even add a gratitude section to your workout journal! Regularly writing brief reflections on moments that we’re thankful for can increase well‑being and satisfaction! Perfect for giving you those positive vibes needed to crush your next home workout.