5 Ways to Minimize Distractions When Working Out Independantly

5 Ways to Minimize Distractions When Working Out Independantly

The following contribution is from another author.

Working out alone can be a challenge for some people. You don’t have the support of your peers, you’re not in an environment designed to motivate you, and it’s just plain hard to stay focused when there are so many distractions around. 

Additionally, it’s harder to create and maintain a schedule because no one can check your progress. However, with discipline and the right plan, working out alone can be rewarding. For a start, it’s pretty affordable and flexible. You can work out at any time, for as long as you want, from any location. 

How do you minimize distractions when working out alone?

Create a Work Out Space

Set up a workout space in an area that’s relatively quiet and uncluttered. It could be a bedroom, living room, or basement. Also, let your family understand that you need the time to yourself and not interrupt unless in an emergency. 

To keep the noise and other distractions away but still make your outdoor exercise routine enjoyable when cycling or skiing, invest in  Ski helmet headphones. Also, have headphones when working out at home. Crying babies or other noises will not disturb you, enabling you to concentrate on the workout as you enjoy your favorite music. 

Set a Time to Exercise

Commit to a time frame each day when you’ll work out – whether it’s first thing in the morning before the rest of your family wakes up or late at night when everyone else has gone to bed. Having set times will avoid distractions or conflicting schedules, and your family will not feel neglected. 

For instance, choosing to work out when the children have just woken up can cause conflicts because they need your attention the most. If you have school-attending kids, it’s best to work out when they leave the house as there will be less noise or little people who need your attention. 

You can also work out at the end of the day when you’ve finished all tasks and need some time to relax. A workout is an excellent relaxation technique. 

Stay Away from the Phone and TV

A phone can easily distract you when working out and the best way to avoid this is to keep it away or switch it off. The same goes for the TV. Watching TV while working out is a distraction because it takes your attention away from what you’re doing.

It’s much harder to focus on exercising when you’ve got a show on in the background. Also, don’t have friends or family members around unless they are exercising with you. 

Be Accountable

One way to stay accountable to the routine is registering for an online class or inviting friends to work out with you. It’s easy to get distracted or bored with the exercises when you have no one watching over you, but accountability motivates you to keep going. 

Change the Scenery 

Working out from home can become a boring routine, but you can spice it up by going out or occasionally attending the gym. As you will learn, walking, jogging, or swimming are excellent ways to keep fit while enjoying a new environment, the outdoor air, and new faces. 

To achieve your workout goals, stay consistent and dedicated. Even 30 minutes of workout every day can significantly improve your health.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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