How to Work Out at Home to Lose Weight
Having more time at home seems like it would be a big boost for motivation, but the opposite can often be true. Many of us feel so distracted by routine tasks, social media, and entertainment options that workouts can feel like a “do it someday” activity instead of an immediate need. Unfortunately, that can lead to being more sedentary and maybe snacking more, and then all of a sudden you wonder why those jeans feel tighter.
Forget someday. Here’s how to work out at home to lose weight and crush your goals right now!
How to Get Motivated to Work Out at Home
Acknowledging you should exercise isn’t enough. Get SMART with your goals and the motivation will follow. Here’s how:
- Specific: If you want to lose weight, set a number. Or if you’re looking to establish a consistent workout routine, decide how many days per week you’ll do it.
- Measurable: Frame your goal in a way that will help you gauge progress. If you’re going to lose weight, for example, you could say, “I want to lose one to two pounds per week.”
- Achievable and Realistic: The amount of weight loss in your measurable target combines the two middle letters of your SMART goal, since it’s achievable and isn’t so ambitious that you end up demotivated. You can apply this to workouts, too — for example, saying you’ll start with two or three workouts a week.
- Time-Based: Creating deadlines, or at least timeframes, gives your efforts some structure. Following a workout plan that has a set number of days already built in, such as the 30-day Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30, is a great way to put this in place.
For example, a SMART goal for weight loss with workouts might be: “I am going to lose 30 pounds over the next 30 weeks, shedding at least a pound a week by eating more healthfully and performing three workouts per week.”
Also, it helps to understand your “why.” If you want to lose weight, ask yourself why. Is it to feel more energetic so you can play with your kids? To look better so you have more confidence? To fit into that pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a few years? The more you can think about why you’re doing it, the more likely you’ll be to stick with a program, no matter what else is going on in life.
What Workouts Should I Do at Home to Lose Weight?
Losing weight isn’t just about seeing the number drop on your scale. Although that’s nice to see, a better focus is how you look in the mirror or how your clothes fit. That’s especially true if the program you’re following includes strength training, as you’ll be building muscle as you lose fat.
To achieve lasting fat loss, consider home workouts like these:
Helps you burn fat, strengthen your core, lift your booty, and work your entire body.
High-octane workouts that combine mixed martial arts, kickboxing, dance, HIIT, and core work.
A series of 10-minute workouts that are super time-efficient and work multiple muscle groups.
Even if you aren’t preparing to toe the starting line of a Tough Mudder obstacle course race, this program’s combination of strength training and intense cardio can help you get in the best shape of your life.
If you want a higher level of accountability at home, live classes can make you feel on the spot, in a good way. Plus, Openfit has numerous options every day.
Nutrition Tips to Follow When Working Out at Home
In addition to regular workouts, nutrition will play a big part of your efforts if your goal is to lose weight. Much like exercise, the two key strategies with food are consistency and planning.
- Trying to eat healthy without an understanding of important metrics like calories makes it challenging to gauge your progress and stick to your plan.
- As you get started, determine daily counts, start making meal prep a priority, and know the biggest weight-loss nutrition pitfalls.
- You can also consider a tool like an Openfit nutrition plan, which is custom-designed to help you get results. You’ll find what you need on our app.
As you begin to see progress with your exercise and nutrition efforts, motivation is likely to get easier to find. Hint: Your someday is today.