How to get motivated and continue Fitness exersice at home

Many people think that fitness exercise at home must be boring and that it is difficult to maintain motivation training on your one. Its said that its easier to continue fitness training if exercising with a friend or someone who can push and encourage those days when the sofa attracts more than training. And for those that enjoy the gym and need the company, the gym is excellent. It is also possible to exercise in group or with friends at home, providing you have the space for it. Fortunately, we are different and there isn't one solution for us all. But even if you like going to the gym, keep on reading, for motivation tips.

I really enjoy exercise alone at home and in this article I will tell you one way to start fitness exercise at home, and how to maintain motivation!

There is a way through the wall!
There is a way through the wall!

How to get motivated!

I say it right away, motivation isn't something that comes suddenly from nowhere and one day make you start fitness training! Motivation is something that you earn!

To begin with, you need some will to even start any kind of training. And that shouldn't be to difficult, since we all are volatile and may be eager to try new things. So, catch that day, when you feel that you want to begin training or at least give it a try. Don't sit and wait for that huge motivation to come, because it wont.

Now days, most of us have a comfortable life, and we are a little bit spoiled and have become used to choose the easy way in many areas. We are used to do pretty much what we like to do, especially in our spare time. And if you think of starting fitness training, it can be like a big wall to get over. To imagine that you should start and then continue training maybe seems impossible. But then you look at it from the "no training" view. You compare a regular training with the life you live now, and probably see only hard work ahead of you. But the truth is, if you haven't been training before then you don't have anything to compare with, because you and your body doesn't know the rewords regular training will get you in return for your effort.

In order to know, you have to force yourself to regular training until you get the habit!

How long time before it become a habit?

It will take about tree weeks for most people! 21 days! That isn't much. And it shouldn't be to hard to engage your willpower in just 21 days. During that time, you have to be persistent, and my advice is that you don't skip your training during this first phase. If you haven't done any training before, start by walking. Begin with shorter distances and increase after time. That will give you better condition and you are going to feel more happy and relaxed.

This is how it is! There isn't many things in life that comes easy, and neither is this. No one else can do this for you!

What to start with?

When you have encounter some basic fitness you can move on to fitness exercise at home. And there is a huge amount of DVDs:s to choose from. But which of them is good? I am going to review some of the DVDs:s I used and continuously use. To begin I started out with Pilate's and box aerobics.

Pilate's and box aerobics

Pilate's is exercises for stomach and back that gives you stability in that region. It is training for that inner muscles that can be difficult to access with other kind of training. Pilate's is functional training, which means that the goal is not to isolate and train one muscle at the time, the goal is to train the muscles cooperation. It will give you smother motion and makes it easier to continue with other types of training. I started out with a series of tree DVDs, The power of pilates, Inch Loss Pilate's and Aerosolates. I personally recommend the Power of pilates to start with, because it contains exercises that you can master even if you are untrained. When you have gained a little confidence you can move on to Inch Loss Pilate's, which makes wonder with a stiff back. I constantly come back to this DVD when I feel tense in my back. The third of my first DVDs, Aerosolates is a combination of Pilate's and aerobics and it isn't so good for beginners because it contains many and fast moves that is difficult to perform if you don't have control over your body. But later on, it is excellent. It takes a while to learn the moves in Aerosolates, but then it is fun. It is important to start with something that isn't to hard. Going for DVD with fast and difficult movements in the beginning will only put you off and isn't a good idea. Instead, start with those that makes you feel good and strengthen your confidence.

In order to get variety and because I wanted to try faster exercise training, I trained boxaerobics once a week. It is aerobics mixed with boxing and kicks. After a few times you will get the hang of it, and I especially like the kicking and boxing.

Another way of doing pilates exercises is with a pilates ball. A pilates ball is great if you want to be more mobile, increasing muscle strength, flexibility and balance. I have tried this to, and it is great for improvement of body control and balance.


Another DVD that I can recommend is pilates boot camp workout that is not so advanced, and is therefore great for beginners. Never mind the "camp" theme, it is just that they shot the movie in front of an hangar, but the mix of exercises is really good. And the best part is the stretching! Very good stretch exercises and you rapidly improve by practise.

A tip, when you first look at the videos and perform the ercises you maybe don't think much of them. But give them a second try, and a third to, and some time. It takes time to master the exercises properly.

After I have practised for about six month i moved on to Pilate's abs workout and Pilates-beginning mat workout with Ana Gaban. For this, you need abs muscles and some core control, otherwise it isn't possible. And it sure is a challenge even then. The good thing is that they show two different severity's so one can start out with the easiest and then go for the harder.

Now, after one year, my favorite is bikini workout by Millie Dobie. But from the beginning I didn't now what to think of some of the exercises. Some exercises looked really funny and even ridiculous and some of the stretching exercises looked impossible. But as I said earlier, give it some time and do it anyway. One day you get it, and then it is pure joy. This DVD has also very great stretching exercises. Some of them is challenging but the improvement comes rather quickly.

How to maintain motivation on your one!

You need some discipline of course, but that is the case whit many things in life. I think of it this way, I don't let my house fall apart, I try to make sure it can withstand external strain and extend its lifetime. And the same goes for my body.

We only have one body, and we have to live with it for the rest of our life's, so its better to make the best of it.

When training on your one, you have yourself to compete with. And maybe I am totally self-absorbed, but i love it. If you continuously do exercise you will improve, and it is a great feeling that day when you suddenly can do a exercise that you couldn't some months ago, or when you find "that " muscle which you didn't have before (or couldn't find!). While you keep on training you learn to know your body, you recognize tension in muscles, you realize that your body have worse days when training doesn't go so well. This is quit normal, and our life's matters, monthly cycle (for women), mood, if you have slept enough and so on. And as time goes you will become more forgiving to yourself those days when you're not in the best shape, because you know you can be the best another day. And when that day comes, when you feel your body is with you all the way, it is pure joy, you feel strong and invincible!

I keep on doing some type of training every day after work. One day I focus on more condition training; workout, aerobics, and the next Pilate's or/and maybe a walk. But I try to do some exercise every day. When it is season for gardening that counts to.

I have also bought a cross trainer and that is a excellent training tool for condition training during winter and rainy days when walking or running outside isn't so attractive.

I dont think I will ever get bored, training on my one. There is so many different DVDs out there, so it isn't hard to get variety. And the walking have also improved. One day I felt that my body and legs wanted to run! So I did, and I keep on jogging twice a week. But that is another story that is outside this hub.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub and good advice.

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, Putz ballard! Glad you like it. Thanks for your comment!

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Stacie L 6 years ago

this is a timely subject and informative!

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, Stacie L. I am pleased if it can inspire! Thanks!

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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

I've found my motivation for exercise is to look in the mirror. Once I look good naked, then I'm fit. Thank you for the hub!

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, A.A.zavala, that is a very good motivation too, and it really works also! It´s better to look in the mirror than to focus on the weight! I´m glad you liked the hub, and your comment is so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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Ask_DJ_Lyons 6 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

I appreciate the great tips. I have been focusing so much on my food choices that I have kind of forgotten about the fitness side of my weight loss plans. Thanks for the reminder.

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Ask DJ Lyons! Funny that you say that! I have done the opposite and focusing mostly on fitness! To restrict the food is much more difficult for me. But I should, so maybe I can get some tips from you on the food part! Thanks for your comment and the reminder about the food part!

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I want to exercise and tone up my body but I always procrastinate. I needed motivation. Now that I know the trick of the business, I'll possibly begin to work out.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Vinaya, To start exercise regularly takes a bit of determination and it is so easy to procrastinate it day after day. But don't let the fact that you have procrastinated it in the past influence you now. Tomorrow is a new day and it is probably a perfect day to start with a new routine. I hope you start exercise now because it really is a winning road in so many ways. Thanks for reading and I really hope you find motivation!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Great motivation, Tina! Now that I'm working mostly at home, I'm making sure that I go for a 30 minute brisk walk at least once a day. It clears my head as well as helps to keep me fit. I should take your advice and get a fitness DVD for the bad weather days. Voted up!

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Cloverleaf, Walks are so good and we do need the sunlight and fresh air. To keep track of my walking progress I use an app which I think is a great motivator. A bit silly maybe, but I like it:) Yes, you should definitely try a fitness DVD, my latest is Zumba and I can really recommend that too. My basement is filled with lovely rhythms these days, salsa, calypso, reggaeton .... I wish you much fun with your exercise cloverleaf! Thanks for reading and your comment!


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

I tried working out for awhile but always failed. So I signed up for a class and have been at it three times a week for two years. I think having the support plus paying monthly dues was a big motivation. More power to you, though, if you can work out at home . Voting this Up and Useful.

5 years ago

Well, it's useful to have a bike in the basement and use it sometimes, even regularly, but I don't see the point of it becoming an obsession. Or, at least, there might be a point from a physical point of view, but we ought to guard against it becoming a psychological obsession. For example, a woman wanting to keep wearing stilettos and to have the balance and reasonable weight to do so, is an understandable aim. But if it takes over the mind so that it becomes an inner value by which she esteems herself, then this is less healthy.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

alacosin, I have many friends who enjoy and need to go to a class and do very well with the support from others. To be honest, I don't know anyone except me that exercise in their home:) I see it as my private and very precious time and I like to be alone, competing only with myself. Three times a week for two years! Wow, then I guess it has become a real habit for you. We must find the things that works the best for us and get the motivation to keep on exercising. Thank you very much for the votes, I appreciate your visit!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

f, Obsessions isn't so good of course because to me it has a negative tone,like when a person is out of control and also something that isn't good for us. It is a thin line between feeling a need to do something and when it become an obsession. It might look as an obsession but most of us simply like the good feeling we get from exercise. Personally, it makes me feel relaxed and happy and I feel that it also helps me to be a better person. But I know what you mean and it is important to work with our insides as well as the outside. If we have a good self esteem and exercise, we get it all! Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment with your important thoughts,


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