5 Tips to Make Time for Exercise at Home

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Making time for exercise can be hard, and sometimes it is even harder to force ourselves to workout once we get home.  There are so many things to get in our way – a comfy couch or bed, a toddler, TV, laundry, dishes.  The list goes on and on.  Since getting a treadmill from Sears recently, it has honestly opened up a whole new world for us, and I finally feel like I have been able to squeeze in so many more workouts.  So, today I want to share 5 tips that to make time for exercise that have helped me so far!
1.  Have a designated space to exercise.  If you have room for an in-home gym, that is your best option.  But if you don’t, use a spot in the corner of the living room, in your office or even your garage.  You need a place that reminds you that it’s time to workout so you won’t be tempted to do other things.
2.  Put your workout clothing on first thing.  I usually work out at home in the mornings or at night.  So, if you workout in the morning, change into your workout clothing immediately.  If you workout at night, change into your workout clothing before you leave the office.  I do that sometimes, and it helps me make sure I don’t lose my motivation.  I even do that on my lunch break sometimes because if I don’t end up working out, it forces me to have to look at the clothing I’m wearing my entire lunch break and then shamefully change back into my work clothing at the end of my lunch break, knowing I didn’t even work out.  I promise, it really helps to keep you motivated!
3.  Find a workout buddy.  Husband, neighbor, kids??  Or maybe even friends on social media (like the #bloggerpaleochallenge I’m doing.)  Enlist as many friends as you can.  The more people you involve, the harder it is to back out.  Plus, working out is always better with a friend.
4.  Put your workout on your calendar.  Why not?  You put everything else on your calendar.  Seeing it on your calendar will remind you to workout and then help to hold you accountable just by seeing that lingering item on your to-do list each day.  Might as well get it done and cross it off your list!
5.  Find a way to spice it up.  Search for some new playlists to listen to while running on the treadmill or maybe even a new book to read while you’re walking with an incline on your treadmill.  This will make it more interesting and it will also help pass the time a little more quickly.
We have had our new NordicTrak C950 i treadmill for a couple weeks now, and I absolutely love it.  I honestly can’t believe we didn’t think of a home gym sooner!  We were able to make a little room in Shane’s music room/office.  It was a tight fit but was just big enough.  We have ended up loving it so much, we actually have decided that when we buy our next home, we will definitely be looking for 4 bedrooms with a bonus room to make into a large home gym.  It definitely comes in handy for busy professionals, students, parents or anyone else who has time fitting a workout into their schedule!
Have you checked out the NordicTrak treadmill selection at Sears?  When do you workout?  How do you make time for exercise?  P.S.  Make sure you stop by My Life Well Loved to read about her one bowl kale salad and Happily Hughes to check out her glutes workout!
5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels
5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels
5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels
5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels
5 Tips to Make Time For Exercise at Home by lifestyle blogger Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels

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  1. Amazing post!
    Mónica Sors

  2. Great tips! I want a home gym so bad!

  3. Totally agree, such great tips! Getting the clothes on is half the battle for me!

  4. These are all such great tips! When we eventually move into a house we are going to make the basement the workout room. Cannot wait!
    xo Jessica

  5. GREAT Tips!!Thank you! We literally did the same thing in 2016 …FINALLY set up an at home gym. It's awesome! It's our little sanctuary that lil fingers & toes are not permitted. Like THE only place in the house …lol! #dream

  6. These tips are so helpful! We just finished our basement and have the space to add a dedicated workout room.

  7. I totally agree with putting your workout clothes immediately. If I stay in my pjs a bit too long…FORGET ABOUT IT. My husband and I have considered purchasing the spin bike with the classes online but I am worried about not getting motivated at home as I truly get energy from my girls in the group classes. This has me inspired though!!


  8. We had enough space in my old rental for a mini-home gym and it was a lifesaver during the winter when I didn't want to leave the house. A designated space is a MUST

    xo, Maddy

  9. Even with my apartment gym right downstairs, I still make excuses. I needed to hear these tips!

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  10. Eric and I love working out at home. It's nice to have a balance of both. You look great, friend!

  11. I feel like a workout buddy is absolutely key. For me, I go to classes because I push myself in a way I wouldn't if I were alone. Great tips!

  12. You two are so cute!! I love the idea of having a treadmill at home! No excuses

  13. exercising at home is the hardest thing ever for me!! Good job!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  14. Great tips babe! Having a home gym sounds amazing!

  15. I hope to get one of these one day… when we have more space! I already find it hard to go to the gym sometimes and I can't imagine the struggle it is with kids, but way to stay motivated!

    xo, Kristina

  16. How cute are you! Love your workout outfit.

  17. Amy

    Our tredmill is ancient, but it gets the job done and is so nice to have!

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  18. such a great post! i struggle to make time to work out at home too. love your cute workout gear!

    xo Emily

  19. So many great tips!! And how convenient to have a treadmill in your house??

    xo lacey

  20. You two are adorable! Working out with a partner always helps!

  21. These are all great tips! I leave my clothes on the side of the bed to be ready for my mooring workout.xo` Megan

  22. When I put my workout clothes on, even just to run errands, I have way less of an excuse to actually do said work out! And I put a star on my planner each day I work out and I live for those little stars LOL! Great post girlfriend!

    xo, Sara

  23. I would love to have one of these in my home! It would make working out so much easier!


  24. Such great tips! I definitely find that putting my work outs on my calendar really helps me stay on track!

    xx Mollie

  25. Yes! Number 3 is the best. I'd die without my gym buddies!

  26. Such great ttips! Hard to make excuses when you have a treadmill in your home!

  27. I really like the idea of 2 and 4 to help keep me on track and that treadmill looks awesome!

  28. I've been slacking lately, but having a workout buddy always makes me stay on track!

    By Lauren M

  29. Great post! I need to step up my workout game. Putting on your workout clothes right away definitely helps!!

  30. Love your tips so much and you two are so adorable!! XO

  31. Awww, you two are the cutest!

  32. love this post!

  33. Have to say, these tips are super useful! Thanks for sharing!


  34. I am with you on putting on my work-out clothes first thing in the morning–that doesn't give me an excuse to forget to do it! LOL my work-out buddy is my hubby and it really does help out because he holds me accountable. Thanks for thr tips!

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    You too are so cute! I love getting in a good at home workout!

    xo, Steph

  36. I want that!! I work out at the gym which is a pain to get to sometimes!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

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