F45 trainer’s guide to staying motivated to workout from home

F45 trainer’s guide to staying motivated to workout from home

Stuck in an exercise rut as gyms remain closed due to coronavirus restrictions? An F45 trainer reveals the top 5 tricks to getting your motivation back and stronger than ever before.

The past few months have been tough adjusting to life without access to the gym due to coronavirus restrictions.

Sure, there have been a few weeks where you were on an absolute high acing those at-home workouts, but there’s only so many times you can do the same workout or the same running route before you start to feel that motivation to exercise slowly begin to dwindle.

But you’re not the only one who’s currently experiencing a little workout-rut. In fact, an F45 survey found only 18 per cent of Aussies are finding their workouts from home enjoyable and 51 per cent are finding it harder to exercise alone.

The reason behind this? Lack of motivation, with only 18 per cent of the survey’s participants admitting they have been enjoying workout out from home.

Unfortunately the date when gyms in Australia will reopen varies between states.

Gyms are open in the Northern Territory, but fitness buffs shouldn’t be there for more than two hours.

Up to 10 people are allowed to join outdoor gyms or bootcamps in Tasmania, Queensland and the ACT.

In Western Australia, up to 20 people are allowed to participate in indoor and outdoor no-equipment fitness classes.

Gyms are set to reopen on June 8 in South Australia, and currently there’s a 10-person limit for outdoor non-contact sports.

As for NSW and Victoria, both states are yet to set a date for gyms to reopen.

And even when they do reopen, their daily operation will look quite different due to strict social distancing rules and regulations enforced.

So, with all this uncertainty, it’s expected you’ll need to muster up that motivation to continue your at-home workouts for a little while longer.

But if you find yourself struggling, F45 HQ Athletics Team Manager Lauren Vickers says there are simple ways to help overcome these periods of low and get your exercise mojo back.

Here are her top 5 tips to staying motivated while you wait for gyms to reopen…

5 tips to staying motivated to workout from home

1. Morning workouts work best

“I find that if I prioritise my workout first thing in the morning, I have less chance of putting it off,” Vickers tells body+soul. “I get it out of the way before starting my workday, and I end up in a better mood for the rest of the day. Enlisting a friend can also really help to keep you accountable and make your workouts more fun.”

2. Meal prepping is still important

“Time has not been as much of a limiting factor while I’ve been in isolation, so I’ve used the time to try out some new recipes and perfect the process of meal prep. This helps me to save money, have a delicious set of healthy and nourishing options ready to eat in the fridge, and reduce mindless snacking.”

3. Take a break

“Walk away from your desk every hour or two to clear your head and get your body moving. Smart watches usually have an hourly stand up or step goal to help remind you to get up and get the blood flowing. You’ll be able to come back to your work with fresh eyes and better concentration.”

4. Stay hydrated!

“Whenever I feel irritable, unfocused, headache-y or unreasonably hungry, I have to ask myself, ‘when was the last time I drank a glass of water?’”

“Dehydration is usually the culprit. I’m currently getting into the habit of filling up my water bottle or making myself a peppermint tea each time I get up to take a break from my computer, and it’s doing wonders for increasing my water intake.”

5. Switch off

“Working from home can really blur the lines between work hours and personal hours. Don’t look at your work emails until after your morning workout and set some boundaries around your working hours. Try to limit screen time late at night, and create a bedtime ritual to help your body switch off and ensure you can rest well.”

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