For many of us fitness enthusiasts, we are now nearing the fourth month away from our activity studios, group dance classes and buzzing gyms. While it took a whole lot of time getting used to this new routine, most people are still finding it tough getting used to online fitness classes and at-home workouts in their living rooms. There’s no fitness partner around you for that instant energy boost, neither do you have your trainer there keeping an eye on you, guiding you and pushing you to reach your ultimate limits. While they’re all still virtually present, it still doesn’t do justice.

To combat this, it’s time we learn a few tips that can give us an instant energy boost that will help pump ourselves and motivate us to move away from our couches, put a stop to excessive time on Netflix and social media and help us refrain from missing yet another workout. These tips are easy and with regular use, can help you make the most of your quarantine workouts and will keep you on track with your fitness goals for the year ahead.

Alter Your Fitness Goals

If muscle gain and bodybuilding was your goal for the year, you might be left disappointed as most gyms are shut. Without access to your heavyweights and barbells, gaining muscle at the pace at which you began at the beginning of the year might not be a successful goal as we look at it now. Instead, check out a body weight workout where you can challenge yourself with certain body weight exercises as well as makeshift weights that you can make with household items. Join a forum or a group with like-minded individuals and share your thoughts about the same. You can even gain new workout ideas from such groups. Instead, if weight loss was your ultimate goal, it's time for you to try a whole new range of home workouts and activities. Join a fitness challenge that many fitness trainers are posting about on social media and challenge yourself during this period. If you're someone who needs that constant push, joining an online session with a fitness expert at a certain time every day will help you out.

Plan Out A Long-Term Routine

Considering the uncertainty, let’s assume our new routine and work out plan is something which we may have to follow for the next 12 months or so. Planning ahead for a long interval will help keep away the recurring disappointments. Now that you know you need to chalk out a routine for this long a duration, you can start thinking about how you can make it better, the various equipment you can invest in and probably even start a virtual class with a group of friends that have similar goals and interests. Your only goal should be trying to make this new workout better than the previous day. This kind of thought will not only help you integrate a workout into your daily routine but will also keep the negativity at bay.

Find A Friend Or An Online Coach

If you’re finding it really hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed and move, it’s a good idea to get a friend or a coach who won’t let you off the hook. Having someone around with similar goals guarantees you to commit to your fitness journey. Finding a friend who loves sports, fitness and a healthy lifestyle can really help you and inspire you to do the same as well. There are many coaches too, who are offering their services online. Look for someone who you can benefit from and will make this fitness journey a fun experience.

Don’t Always Focus On The Weighing Scale

If you notice the numbers on the weighing scale aren’t dropping further, it’s alright. Do not be so hard on yourself. We’ve all been there and it’s certainly not the end of the world. Don’t let such situations demotivate you. Instead, focus on how your workout makes you feel within. Stop focusing on the numbers, inches and physical attributes. We’re currently witnessing an uncertain time in all aspects of our lives. Don’t let your fitness journey add to it. Instead, it should be a journey that should let you forget about your worries. If you feel like you're in no mood for an intense workout, put on some music and dance instead. Do whatever makes you feel good. Just remember to keep moving and have fun.

Add Variety To Your Workouts

If you’re bored of doing the same kind of workout every single day, try cycling, jogging or running in your vicinity. Make sure you maintain social distancing and adhere to the safety measures while you do so. Also, try learning a new activity like yoga, Zumba, Tabata or a new dance style. Adding these to your everyday routine can make it less monotonous and more fun.