With some extra time on your hands, you may have thought working out from home was a no-brainer. After all, you don’t have to commute to a gym and you can exercise on your time. Easy, right? Not so much. The reality is working out from home has its own set of challenges — less space, equipment, distractions, and a mental barrier that comes with a shift in your routine. Here are some tips to create an at-home fitness schedule that sticks.  


Start with what you know. 

It’s easier to start and stick with a workout regimen that you are already familiar with. Think of working out from home as a continuation of the fitness foundation you have already built. For example, if you were doing yoga twice per week, start there. You can find just about any type of workout online—and many classes are free! If you are really itching to try something new, be smart and safe. Instead of jumping into a 45-minute class, begin with 20 minutes. Listen to your body, and modify exercises until you feel comfortable. 


Stick to a schedule. 

Set a time for your workouts—and stick with it! Pencil your workouts in like you do your work meetings or virtual happy hours with friends. It will keep you consistent and accountable.  


Designate your exercise space. 

New York City living means your workout space may double as your kitchen, bedroom, and family room. Even if you only have a corner, designate a space in your home as your workout area, and keep it free from clutter. Create a space that works for your workouts, and you’ll be more motivated to move.  


Find a virtual workout buddy. 

If you are one who loves group exercise, working out from home can feel isolating. Virtual workout buddies are here to save the day. Find a meetup group or fitness friend, and live stream your workout together. (Asphalt Green is now streaming workouts every Friday on Instagram Live.) If your friend is depending on you, you will be more likely to make working out a habit.  


Know your why. 

This is a big one. Think about what motivated you work out before social distancing and quarantine. Maybe you feel more energized, confident, or sleep better when you move. Your why probably has not changed. Keep that at the forefront of your mind to stay motivated. Here’s a tip: journal how you feel after your workouts. Strong? Confident? Empowered? Next time you are feeling less motivated, your notes will serve as a reminder to move.  


Work with a personal trainer. 

Many personal trainers are offering virtual personal training, including some of your favorite instructors at Asphalt Green. One of the greatest benefits of having a personal trainer is having that special someone in your corner to motivate and coach you.  


Be kind to yourself. 

Simply moving your body is enough. It is OK if you are not in the best shape of your life right now. You are not alone; this is a stressful time for everyone. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. If you need a day to veg out on the couch and watch Netflix, do it. Your workout will be there for you tomorrow. 


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