6 Ways to Get Results From Your Workout (No Gym Required)

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How many excuses can we come up with to keep us from actually going to the gym? Lots! It's too hot to walk there, it's too cold to walk there, I really have no time to get there, I work too late, I still need to get home to eat first, I gotta bake cupcakes for that PTA meeting tomorrow, etc. The bottom line is, if you don't really want to go to the gym, you won't. Fret not. There are lots of ways to get in a workout at home -- and get results too!

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Here are some tips for getting results from any workout you manage to squeeze into your busy life, even when it doesn't involve hitting the gym.

1. Accountability and consistency

Turns out the key to working out at home successfully is accountability and consistency, just like if you were going to the gym. "Set a time of the day to exercise for at least 30 minutes, treating this time like an appointment you can't miss," advises Shane McLean, a personal trainer in Dallas, Texas.

2. Become a part of an online fitness community

Instructor and wellness blogger Robin Long works with hundreds of busy women through her online fitness business. From her experience, you can get in shape working out at home, but the key is to find an online community or online trainer to keep you accountable and keep you consistent. "Online workouts are perfect for moms who need to fit their routines in during naptime, or for frequent travelers who live out of their hotel rooms," says Long.

3. Know your must-do moves

On days you don't have time to go to the gym, commit to performing three moves sometime before bed or when you first wake up each day. Push-ups, squats, and sit-ups don't require any equipment at all. "I like to squeeze in 30 reps of each move before my son wakes up, so I get my heart rate up early in the morning and set an active tone for the day," says Brooke Griffin, creator of Skinny Mom.

4. Butt-Walk

Yes, this is a thing! To get a firmer, rounder, sexier buttocks, go take a walk up a hill with quick, short steps. Leave your back heel in contact with the ground for as long as possible. "This makes most of the work of getting your body up the hill by [using] your glutes and hamstrings instead of your thighs and hip flexors," says perinatal exercise specialist Helene Byrne.

5. Keep away from distraction

Since you're in the comfort of your own home, you can tend to become distracted with all the other things going on around you, whereas at the gym, you have no choice but to exercise. The challenge of finding "you time" can be frustrating. Between partners, kids, computers, the temptation to answer text messages, and the like, it's easy to get off track. Designate a distraction-free space, however small, for your workouts. 

6. Keep it simple

Find a simple exercise program to follow and make sure you see your way through the whole routine. McLean also recommends making a small investment in gym equipment like resistance bands, dumbbells, and stability balls.  

The bottom line: If you can be successful in the gym, you can also be successful at home. It all comes down to willpower, determination, and commitment.

If you're interested in trying this whole "working out at home" thing, here are some great resources for workouts:

 

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