Almost everyone would enjoy having great abs like Hollywood stars. There’s something instantly impressive about someone who has a six-pack as it shows both dedication and strength, two attractive features.
However, going to the gym is time-consuming. It takes time out of your day to get there before or after work and then upon arrival, you have to spend time working out surrounded by others who are often stronger, fitter or better than you – particularly if you have just started your fitness journey. This whole experience can be demotivating or stressful and take any enjoyment out of working out, causing you to give up and stop working out altogether.
The answer is to introduce techniques and systems so that you can continue developing your abs without having to go to the gym. This can seem challenging to start with but with enough dedication, getting great abs at home can be even easier than doing it in a proper gym setting. Here are some of the techniques you should implement to get the results you’re looking for.
Workout at Home
Firstly, and most obviously, it’s essential to work out at home if you don’t want to go to the gym. Just because you don’t have access to a gym, it doesn’t mean you can’t workout how you normally would. Workout and gym equipment can be fairly affordable, plus there are plenty of effective home core workouts which don’t even require gym equipment, focusing more on body-weight exercises like press-ups, crunches, sit-ups and pull-ups.
Additionally, home workouts offer the additional advantage of meaning that your workout space is right on your doorstep. There’s no excuse for being lazy if all of your equipment and needs are a 10-second walk away. On top of this, you will be fulling comfortable in your home setting, allowing you to focus on your workout wholeheartedly without being distracted by strangers in the room or area. Finally, once you have finished exercising and you’re tired, you’re already at home and ready to shower, eat and sleep. It makes the fitness process easier in almost every way.
Routine and Habit Creation
By nature, humans are creatures of habit. If we start doing things every day in the same way, we eventually begin to do these things automatically. In fact, it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic, which is just over two months – a long time! This is part of why making a habit of working out can be so difficult. Most people give up on working out before this two-month period, meaning that they never form the habit which will keep them exercising and therefore, lead to results.
Going to the gym can make generating workout habits more difficult as it takes time and effort to even get there. This gives you time to think about what you’re doing and decide against working out for the day, stopping for food instead and just heading home because you’re feeling lazy. Working out at home will make generating habits easier as there’s no excuse for missing out if you’re already at your exercise destination.
Stick to your workout routine for at least two months before giving up and you might find yourself going to exercise without even thinking about it – which is exactly where you want to be.
Team Up with Friends and Family
Finally, it’s highly advised to turn your workouts from solo affairs to group ones. There is plenty of research showing that working out with a partner will help achieve your fitness goals. This is because working out with others pushes you to not fall behind and hold the other person, an essential motivator which pushes you to not only work harder but stay dedicated too.
With this in mind, if you’re not meeting your workout buddies at the gym consider inviting family or friends to exercise with you. Their presence and hard work will help both of you to get closer to your fitness dreams, more quickly.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks have inspired you to take your workouts into your own hands and ensure they work for you, even if you hate going to the gym. Good luck with your fitness goals, we’re sure you’ll achieve them.