Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Workout: How I Stay Entertained while working out at home



People ask me all the time how I don't get bored exercising at home. Short answer: not really. Longer answer: I've been exercising at home for quite awhile and here are things I've figured out to avoid boredom. Keep in mind, I workout in what we call the "Exercise Dungeon" aka my creepy wood panel basement with these 2 workout buds who aren't the best at sharing the mat (this is the clearest picture I have because they never stop moving):



1. Switch up the workouts! I mean the type of workout and the length of the workout. Some days I'll do yoga, the next day HIIT, followed by barre, pilates, running, etc.



2. Find a series to watch while you workout: We have the Apple TV hooked up in the basement. I went through New Girl and am now I'm on Revenge and OMG let me tell you- I can't wait to get down to the Exercise Dungeon to see what Emily is scheming next!!


3. Minimize distractions: This is more of a bit of a different issue, but home has tons of distractions and distractions = excuses. My #1 distraction is the dogs, so while I'm exercising but I put together peanut butter Kongs  to keep them busy for awhile then kick them out of the dungeon.

4. Enlist a workout buddy: I hate working out with other people, but I'm also really competitive so when I can convince Harrison so join it's a whole new ballgame, one that I must win and suddenly have superman focus on. Haha wait is that bad?

5. Listen to music: There are tons of free playlists out there for exercising, and you can make your own on Spotify!

6. Listen to podcasts: Nerd alert- I looooove podcasts. Anyone else out there get into Serial?? It's a spinoff of This American Life and it is NUTS. Here is a list of my FREE favs.



Do you workout at home? How do you keep from getting bored?

24 comments:

  1. Enjoy Revenge!! I am sure it helps the workout go by quickly!

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  2. I always have to have music! It just gets you pumped up. #wowlinkup

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  3. Music is key for me not to be bored and you're right a good show helps too!!

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  4. For the longest time - when I was doing nighttime workouts at home, I would watch Extreme Weightloss - or catch up on a series that I was really into - You'd be surprised how many crunches and situps one can do while distracted!

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  5. First, kuddos for Revenge! This is my favorite show right now. It keeps getting better and better. I have an exercise dungeon too but honestly, I find it hard to workout at home because my dog thinks it is play time especially when doing abs...lol.

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  6. I totally try and close the door and block everything out. I don't sit down or I never workout. Music and or the TV always helps when i am on the dreadmill.

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  7. These are such great suggestions. I wish I had a workout dungeon! I like using the Nike Women app, but have to admit I've been slacking lately. #wowlinkup

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  8. so I have a room I workout in, and I shut the door and the cats meow and scratch till i let them in and then they get into everything and annoy me. but i cant work out in the living room where the tv is because normally KC is there, and the floors are hard and i like carpet. normally i can stay motivated during the workout, its making me do the actual workout i struggle with. i am going to check out that barre video you posted about, do you do it very often?

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  9. I really only have home as an option. There isn't a decent gym close to my house and with the hours that I work and the length of my commute...I have to work out in the mornings before work to fit it in. I had been following along to programs for nearly a year now, doing various Jillian ones, T25 and Body Beast. Right now I am starting to mix it up. I still do 3-4 Body Beast work outs each week, and now I also do a Jillian cardio, and am going to start doing some barre and yoga too!

    My dogs are sleeping when I work out, but the cat likes to boss me around some. haha!

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  10. Music really helps me too. I just go on walks but I must listen to music. Otherwise all I can concentrate on is my burning legs.

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  11. I cannot do podcasts while I work out because I need something upbeat to keep me going. My dog likes to try to join in, he thinks it's play time and gets in the way. I usually trick him into going outside. I like the idea of watching a series because who doesn't want to see what happens in the next episode of their favorite show! Great motivation to get that workout in

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  12. Ummmmm seriously stop by whenever you get a chance! Great minds..... ;-)

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  13. I do now workout at home and have even taped some of my episodes and put it out on YouTube. It isn't the same because I feel like I need the camaraderie of others to keep me pushing but I am slowing adapting. #wowlinkup

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  14. These are some great ideas, but I 'm on my way to the gym. I get too distracted at home and NEVER end up exercising.

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  15. my dog sees the mat and instantly lies down on it. or he gives me kisses when i lean down. it's not exactly productive, hehe. but cute!

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  16. I love your taste in podcast! I listen to all of the those except I've never heard of the Read so I'll be checking it out asap. I wish I could stay entertained working out at home. I'm such a home workout slacker. When Jillian is yelling at me to work hard I just hit fast forward. It's horrible

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  17. Great tips!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  18. I workout at home but with the variety offered on workout DVDs I'm never really bored.

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  19. I'm not a tv person, but I love listening to music. I'll have to remember to do that to help me get through my weight workouts... #wowlinkup

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  20. I work out at home all the time. These are great tips! LOVED the first season of Revenge and I bet you're going to love how it ends :) #wowlinkup

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  21. I never get board either. I have a treadmill, weights and all sorts of equipment plus video on Comcast. I can't get bored. #wowlinkup

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