12 Ways to Work Out at Home and Stay Motivated
A new year represents a new beginning, and many people have high hopes of getting fit and losing weight in the coming months. Many consumers chase those goals by joining a gym, at an average cost of about $700 a year -- and about two out of three don't use their memberships, according to data compiled by the Statistic Brain Research Institute. Others spring for a thousand-dollar treadmill or weight machine that ends up sitting idle. There are ways to get fit -- and stay motivated -- for much less. Try these approaches to working out at home in 2018.
After choosing a type of training to start, a YouTube video -- or even a workout DVD from the library -- can set the pace for free. Plenty of at-home fitness programs require no equipment, or just a few inexpensive items such as dumbbells or elastic bands for resistance training and a jump rope for cardio.
Consider all the willpower it takes to wake up, get dressed, and go for a run (especially when it's wet or cold out), or squeeze in an at-home workout before the morning rush. Eliminate some of the decision making and stress by preparing the night before. Set out or sleep in gym attire, pack a lunch, and do whatever else is possible to keep a lack of time from leading to a missed morning workout.
Many employers provide incentives for healthy behavior such as exercise or participation in a smoking cessation program. The reward might be reduced insurance premiums, contributions to health savings accounts, discounts, or cash. In 2017, the average financial incentive offered through corporate wellness programs was $742 per employee, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health, and the number has been trending upward.