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With a second nation-wide lockdown now underway, many of us are once again focussing on how to stay fit, healthy, and happy whilst confined to our homes.

And whilst some people have always preferred home-based exercise regimes, others don’t find it quite as easy to stay motivated and positive inside their own four walls. 

So for anyone out there struggling to hit the home gym, we’ve got a few tips to help keep you motivated and energised, no matter if you’re working out from your bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom…

Commit to live-stream classes

Coronavirus or not, the internet offers a plethora of live online exercise classes to replicate the experience of being in a studio or gym.

One of the major benefits to live-stream classes is that they provide us with a routine and a sense of accountability and commitment. It’s easy enough to put-off pre-recorded workout videos and tell ourselves “I’ll get around to that later”, but with a scheduled live class (that you may have also paid for) it’s not so easy.

After all, it takes a much stronger excuse to skip a class than a YouTube video.

And there’s really no end to the amount of live-stream classes currently available, but for a quick start why not take a look at our current online class schedule here at Jesmond Pool.

Set achievable goals

Of course, it’s all about the goals. But the key to keeping motivated at home is to go easy on ourselves.

At times it can be a real challenge to keep our spirits up and push ourselves to exercise when we’re stuck in the house. For many of us, our homes simply don’t serve as a conducive environment to working out. But setting small goals can really make a big difference to our overall efforts and attitudes.

It might simply be to take part in one live-stream class every other day. Or maybe one of your goals could be to follow along with a short workout video every morning after waking up.

Whatever they are, our goals should be challenging, but they should also feel achievable enough that we’re actually motivated to pursue them.

Maybe, in the end, when you’re stuck at home and aren’t able to go to the gym, you’re exercise routine might become a little less intense. Because it’s not always as easy to workout for hours at a time when the only place you can do it is your bedroom.

But by being kind to ourselves, and by being a little more flexible with our expectations and desires, we can still keep fit and feel great no matter where we are.

So if your normal routine involves treadmills and rowing machines, but you don’t have those things at home, then allow yourself some wiggle room and come to feel ok with chasing some new goals for a while.

Get the right gear 

That said, whilst we don’t all have room for treadmills and stationary bikes at home, there are lots of bits and pieces we can get hold of to make our houses more gym-like.

Things like dumbbells, yoga mats, and skipping ropes can really help to liven things up and keep our workouts from getting too repetitive. They also won’t take up too much room and, more importantly, won’t break the bank.

If you’re interested in this side of things, then we’ve got a separate post dedicated to setting up a budget home gym which you can read here.

Try something new

When our regular routines are shaken and disturbed, we’re faced with a rare and exciting opportunity to try something completely new.

As we all know, old habits die hard, and when it comes to exercise it’s very easy to get locked into a routine. And though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (in fact, in many cases it’s a good thing), in times of turbulence we can use the chaos and uncertainty to our advantage by diving into something new.

Always wanted to try yoga but were too afraid to join a class? Ever fancied an early morning HIIT session but could never make it to the class on time? Now’s the time to do it!

Often when we try new things we tend to put less pressure on ourselves to perform. Which means there’s fantastic scope for fun and enjoyment in being a beginner.

Who knows. Online dance classes might become your new obsession.

Stay happy and healthy at home

For more on exercising from home, take a look at these 5 home exercises for swimmers, these 6 child-friendly workout videos to get the kids moving, or for an extra mental boost you can always have a read of these 20 motivational fitness quotes.