Home workouts are all the rave these days for us moms who have a real challenge with making it to the gym, even more so if you have really little kids or babies to take care of.
It’s convenient and private. You don’t have to wait in line for equipment. There’s no driving to and from the gym. You don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter to get your sweat on.
While all of those things are fantastic reasons to choose home over the gym, let’s get real for a minute. The failure rate for home workouts is HIGH, and here are three reasons home workout programs often fail.
1.We’re in the thick of mom life.
Mom life = ample opportunity for distractions. I can remember more than one occasion when I’m all dressed for my workout and suddenly I get distracted by the dirty dishes in the sink or one of the kids asking for help with homework, and before I know it, it’s time to get dinner started. I’m sure these kinds of distractions have sabotaged your workout more than once!
2.Our homes can be a potentially uninspiring environment.
Since home is (hopefully) a place of relaxation, peace, and rest, it might not be the most motivating environment to get in the zone and break a sweat. Switching from couch mode to beast mode can be a real challenge.
3.Fitness equipment can be expensive and take up too much space.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have space in my home for a dedicated workout space, and I’m not willing to reorganize or get rid of much-needed furniture to create that space. Also, fitness equipment can get super expensive, which is a major drawback for anyone on a tight budget or mamas with limited resources.
So there you have it. Three big reasons home workout programs fail.
Lucky for us, though, there is a solution for each of these objections.
1. Let mom life work in your favor.
If you think about it, mom life basically guarantees you will become a wizard at getting an unbelievable volume of tasks completed in a normal-ish amount of time. Because, seriously—the fact that our homes are livable and our kids are all alive at the end of the day just PROVES we have mad skills in getting stuff done. So take a look at the general patterns in your day to day life, plan your workout around those patterns, and stick to that plan as much as possible. You’re much less likely to skip your workout once you establish the habit of working out for 20 minutes after you put your baby down for a nap in the morning while your other kids are in school. Be sure to set realistic expectations based on how much time you actually have to work out. Realistically, I don’t have time to work out for an hour right now, even at home. Maybe I will once our youngest two kids are old enough to be in school full days, but since that’s not happening for several years, my workouts have to be efficient and effective.
2. Create inspiration for yourself.
OK listen. You’re a mom. You’re freaking amazing. You wear multiple hats and are expert at switching hats at the drop of a hat. So my suggestion for overcoming an uninspiring workout environment is this. Get your tunes on. Get in your zone. Imagine you’re training for Angelina’s role in the next big action flick–I don’t know; whatever works for you! “Get there” mentally. Sure, as moms we always have to keep our eyes and ears open for the tiny humans we’re responsible for, but if you’re generally keeping your workouts brief and focused, you’ll be much more successful at staying inspired throughout the duration of your workout.
3. Tailor your workout to your needs and your resources.
Don’t stress over buying a lot of exercise equipment. Find a program that either doesn’t require any equipment, or at least works with minimal equipment. This will also take up less space in your home or yard, while providing what you need for amazing results.
Ultimately, when we want something bad enough, we find a way. I do all my workouts at home, and while I have a bigger selection of kettle bells and weights for the clients I train in person, you don’t need half a dozen kettle bells to get great results.
For those of you mamas who do want those results without having to go to a gym or succumb to the 3 reasons home workout programs fail, check out the Sexy Mama Movement programs. Seriously, stop waiting, mama! These programs are efficient and effective, and you have the option of choosing a program you can do right at home, with or without weights. See you there!