Working out alone is hard for some people. It can be hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, and it can also be difficult push yourself hard without someone around telling you to do “one more rep!”
I however, love working out alone. And I think I have the process down to a science, so today I am going to give you a few tips on how to have a kick-butt workout on your own.
Make sure you actually go to the gym
Or make sure you do the workout you have planned. I suggest working out in the morning if you can. If you wait till the end of the day, something may come up. Life happens, schedules get busy, but the only excuse in the morning is feeling tired (which isn’t a good excuse). When you don’t have the obligation of meeting a friend after work, it can be hard to get to the gym. So shoot for a morning workout. If you are not a morning person, set an alarm. Try one of the alarms that force you to get out of bed. There are alarm apps that make you take a picture of something to turn it off – that’ll get you moving. You can also try laying out your workout clothes or even sleeping in them if you want! If mornings are still tough, start with baby steps. Get up and do some stretches one week. Then once your body starts to get used to moving earlier, add in more intense exercise.
Have a plan
Either choose a (MFit) workout video to do or write out your workout plan before you go. Having a clear plan for your workout will keep you moving so you don’t feel lost and alone in the gym.
Start a friend competition
This one only works in a public setting. If you are alone at the gym and feel like you aren’t working hard enough, take a survey of the other gym goers and see who you can “race”. Hop on the treadmill next to someone you think is in pretty good shape and try to run faster than them! Of course you need to be safe and realistic, but having that extra push could be what it takes to lose those 5 extra pounds.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Working out alone is great, but sometimes you need help. It can be scary to ask a stranger to spot you, but it’s necessary if you don’t feel 100% confident in your lift. Look around and see who looks friendly and is working in your area. Most everyone will be more that willing to help you.
Become your own gym DJ
If you are exercising alone, you need a good playlist. Check out some of my playlist on Spotify or make one of your own. Choose songs that are going to motivate you. This may be pop songs you can sing along with, EDM dance beats, or (if your me) rock and metal jams. Whatever gets you moving works!