By Miguel J. Ortiz
When it comes to at home workouts, getting yourself motivated can be difficult. The gym environment and camaraderie can create a more inspired atmosphere. Whether it’s a personal trainer pushing you to go further or a gym buddy providing encouragement, your surroundings can greatly impact your performance. So, let’s take away the gym. Let’s take away outside motivation? What we are left with?
Our own internal voice telling us we can do this. For a lot of people, that may not be enough. Yet, it’s all you will ever need. The first and most important thing we need to understand is the difference between training and workouts, then we can apply the necessary discipline needed to ensure success.
If you’re training you must have a specific goal. You will set up a regimen and follow daily behaviors that will ultimately help you reach said goal. It can be exercise, diet or even sport related. The workout is simply just a small or daily portion of the training plan. A workout can be anything. For example, I may be on vacation and decide to do a simple workout in the hotel gym. Maybe I decide to run, lift weights or do some stretching. Either way, unless I have a specific regimen or training protocol to follow then what I did was just a workout. Never forget, there is no such thing as a bad workout. The reason why is because it’s just that – a workout. There is no reason to be hard on ourselves for trying to be healthy.
I constantly hear people criticize themselves for not doing enough workouts or saying they didn’t push themselves enough. When instead they could easily just give themselves a pat on the back and be happy they completed it. Keep in mind that something is always better then nothing. This is exactly where you will find your motivation. Enjoy the workout in the moment and be proud that you completed it. Maybe your training goal is to just sweat or move your body 2-3 times a week. The goal may be creating consistent exercise in your life.
The discipline in at home workouts cannot and should not be compared to a training regimen. It should support and compliment your at home workouts. The discipline is not in the effort, it’s in your attitude. Every time you complete a workout, you are one step closer to success and your success is only measured by what you determine is important for you. Success could mean feeling good, success could be losing weight, success could mean consistency or really anything.
Maybe you don’t want to have serious goal setting or intense and focused training. Maybe you just want to feel a little better and get moving. Well, if that’s the case, then do just that. Get moving, enjoy what you learn about yourself in the process, release self-judgment and change your attitude about the workout.
Comparison is the thief of joy and if you constantly compare your at home workouts to training or others programs, you’ll never be happy with the results. Enjoy the workout, never give up and keep moving forward.
Miguel J. Ortiz is a personal trainer in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the National Personal Trainer Institute and a Certified Nutritional Consultant with more than a decade of professional ex-perience. He can be found on Instagram at @migueljortiz.