Am I the only one who thinks that what’s going on in the world right now is INSANE? I mean, when have we ever been forced to stay at home with most businesses and leisure centers closed? Aside from hurricane season, this never happens. And even in hurricane season, it only lasts a couple of days so skipping the gym then isn’t such a big deal.
So how the heck does one stay motivated to work out during the pandemic? I, for one, am suffering from crippling anxiety not knowing when this will end or how it will effect our economy. And as of now, fitness has taken a back seat to dealing with my emotions and headspace. However, it’s important to remember why we care about fitness so much in the first place and why it can truly help us during this weird ass time right now! With that, I wanted to put together some helpful tips and tricks on how to get your ass off the couch!
1. Set an alarm!
I found this trick to be the most helpful when it comes to getting up and working out first thing in the morning. It’s almost like setting an appointment with yourself to make it to the gym class in your garage. Think about it, if you normally would go to a gym class at 8am, you’d set an alarm to wake up and get there on time, wouldn’t you? So why not do the same thing at home?
2. Reframe how you view working out.
Working out can seem daunting at times. Especially when you’re preoccupied with other thoughts. What I realized when I starting getting really vested in fitness is that working out is a form of meditation. Have you ever noticed what your thoughts are like while exercising? Are you focused on getting through the work out or are you worried about stock market prices and economic recessions? I’m willing to bet it’s the former. If you think of your work out as one hour a day in which you are not stressed or anxious, would you be more likely to do it?
3. Remember the benefits of exercising.
Exercise releases endorphins and as Elle Woods once told us, ‘happy people just don’t shoot their husbands’. And she wasn’t wrong. You may feel like shit before a workout and you may still feel like shit after as well. But over the course of time and with consistency, you sure as fuck won’t want to murder your husband or anyone else for that matter. You’ll be a happier person and less anxious about the impending doom facing the world right now.
4. Make a fun challenge for yourself.
Working out could also be a way of earning something you’ve always wanted. We’ve all become mild versions of actual slugs during our quarantine and feeling like we’re working towards anything is a bit of a stretch. Has there been a new pair of shoes or piece of tech you’ve been wanting? Why not earn it for yourself? Set a goal. For example, work out 5 times a week for 4 weeks straight. Once achieved, buy that iPad or pair of Jimmy Choos. You’ve earned it after all, right?
5. Don’t forget this may be the only opportunity to leave the house for a while!
With lockdowns spreading throughout the world, our ability to enjoy ourselves outside the home is very limited. We also, as of now, have no end date on the restrictions. Aside from going to the grocery store (which is somewhat limited as well), what else can one do to get out of the house for some fresh air? Make it a point to go for a run during your lunch time if you work from home or take the dog for a long walk. You’ll get some vitamin D from the sun as well as a refresh for your afternoon!