Sometimes getting to the gym can be difficult for a number of reasons: You don’t feel like changing out of your warm PJ’s and driving there at 7am OR it’s packed af after you get off of work OR you don’t want to make eye-contact with the person who saw you embarrassingly hit your head on the squat rack last week. Whatever the reason may be, here’s why ditching your gym membership might not be such a bad idea.
- You can straight up rock the roll-‘outta-bed look. PJ’s. No Mascara. Hair brush? What’s that?
- No one staring you down a) Rushing you for a machine b) Being pervy or c) Judging you.
- You won’t forget your headphones, hair-tie, shower sandals etc.
- You can come home from work, rest your mind & body for a little then prepare yourself for an intense sweat sesh when you’re ready.
- Feeling anti-social? Avoid everyone & get your squat on in private.
- Post-workout protein shake or food is right around the corner. Literally.
- You don’t have to worry about random people’s germs all over your equipment.
- You can multi-task. Have a minute between sets? Set your timer and grab that book you’ve been itching to read. Take it one page at a time.
- You can blast your own tunes. LOUDLY.
- You can Netflix n’ chill er I mean Netflix n’ agility drill. Duh 🙂
- You can invite a friend over to workout with you bi-weekly & they don’t have to have a (or the same) gym membership.
- It’s free. Enough said.
- You don’t have to worry about it being packed or finding/paying for parking.
- You can create your own home gym. Invest in some equipment- yoga/Jiu-jitsu mats, dumbbells, pull-up bar, jump-rope, resistance bands, spin-bike etc.
- You can pull up any kind of YouTube fitness video on your Smart TV, phone or laptop so it feels like you’re in a class setting i.e. yoga for beginners, BJJ drills, body weight exercises, cardio home workout, kettlebell workout.
- No more “Can’t go to the gym because no one can watch my kids excuse.” You can even include your children in your workout- Squat with your baby, do push-ups while your child sits on your back, or find a Mommy and Me Workout online.
It doesn’t take much to get a good home workout. You can use your own body weight and still challenge yourself. It will, however, take some discipline but as soon as you realize that you are entirely up to you and that your health should be a priority, the rest is easy; even fun! So get started, girl.
Tips: Create a workout schedule. Whether it’s every morning at 9am or evenings at 6:45 three times per week. You decide. Make a commitment to yourself and stick with it. What’s cookin’ good lookin? Create your own workout menu. HIIT? Dance? Yoga? As long as you get your heart racing and muscles movin’, any workout is better than no workout. For more tips on getting started, read up on my “7 Steps to a Healthier You” article.
Post a pic of your workout and tag @bjjandselflove on Instagram to get featured! Happy sweatin’ 🙂
Thanks for reading!