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    31 Tips To Help Make Workouts At Home Easier

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    1. Find a designated space in your home. Whether it's a corner of your living room, in your basement, or (gasp!) your home is big enough for an extra room, start by designating a space where you will complete the workouts.

    illustration of a person lifting a weight in a home with equipment around them
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    It doesn't have to be a big space. Start by rolling out a yoga mat to ensure it fits. Then stand in the middle and stretch your arms out around you. As long as they don't bump into anything, you have enough space to work up a sweat. 

    2. Or if you live in a small apartment, make your space work for you.

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    I'm a self-proclaimed home-workout enthusiast since I haven't had a gym membership since I was in college. In my first New York apartment, I did not have enough space for a designated workout area, but I made it work. My roommates and I would move our coffee table and rug out of the way so we had juuuust enough room to put a yoga mat. It wasn't much, but it worked. Sometimes it's less work to move some furniture than to motivate yourself to leave the house to go to a gym.

    3. Start by getting some basic workout equipment you can use for a variety of workouts. A yoga mat is great because you can do every type of workout on them, not just downward dog.

    Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Genevieve Scarano loves this one from Gaiam. She says: "This Gaiam mat will give you a lil' cushioning while you do barre movements or work on your core. You don't want to be sliding around or hurt your bod while exercising indoors."

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98 (available in 22 patterns).

    4. If you consider yourself a beginner when it comes to fitness, start small with bodyweight workouts.

    chart with pictures of people doing bodyweight workouts and the words "9 quick total-body workouts you can literally do anywhere"
    Photos by Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed / Design by Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed

    You don't need to run out and buy equipment immediately. A lot of people make this mistake, but you should first establish a routine of moving your body, so bodyweight-only workouts are great. 

    NYC-based personal trainer Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., founder of Soho Strength Lab, designed these nine high-intensity bodyweight-only workouts that you can do anywhere. Each of these workouts focuses on one of three goals: cardiovascular fitness, power and strength, and endurance. Plus, they only take about 20 minutes, so they don't require a lot of your time!

    5. Once you've got your footing, add some basic equipment to boost your workout. Resistance bands are great because they don't take up a ton of space, but they will add some extra ~oomph~ when you do squats, lunges, and other exercises.

    These ones are made of fabric, so they won't roll or snap while you're using them!

    Promising review: "I LOVE these resistance bands. They work great for a variety of different movements, and they never slip against my skin or my leggings. They are sturdy material with the perfect amount of stretch. I have been using them for my home workouts, and I love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.89 (available in four color combinations).

    6. And if you want to include weight training in your routine, get a basic set of dumbbells. With a set, such as this one, you'll have increasing weight options so you can grab the next one when you realize that you're ready for more of a challenge.

    a set of two, three, and five-pound weights sitting on a black stand

    Promising review: "I've recently started working out at home since I can't do much walking outdoors here in Wisconsin during the winter. Rather than getting a gym membership, I decided to invest in some workout equipment. These dumbbells are great for working out at home, either just to do some reps or use with videos. The outside is made of neoprene so they are soft to grip and easy to hold. Personally, I'm not a fan of the cast iron dumbbells, and I love the feel of these. I've owned these weights for only a couple of weeks, and I'm very happy with them! I've used them a number of times, and they work great. I feel the price is good for the quality, and I will look at ordering others in the future as I get stronger! If you are looking for some hand weights, I recommend buying these!" —Kristin B.

    Get this set from Amazon for $34.61 (also available in a set with 3-, 5-, and 8-pound weights).

    7. Have a pack of dumbbell exercise cards on hand if you're not quite sure how to get started. Each card has an illustrated guide on how to complete the exercise. Plus, it will mix up your routine because you won't know what exercise is coming next. *Please not burpees🤞*

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I've always struggled with strength training. When I had a gym membership, I'd do cardio and then wander around the weights section, clueless at what to do. Now that I have a home gym, this was just what I needed to get back into a routine. It's easy to pick however many cards you want to do — you can do a longer workout or if you're short on time just a few exercises. When I'm done with the ones I've picked, if I feel like I could do more, I just pick a few more cards. It takes the thought out of it, and a number of these exercises are ones I haven't seen before. I've now bought all three versions and am looking at others in the series, including the kettlebell and barbell ones. Even my boyfriend, who's already in shape, loves using these to change up his workouts." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in three volumes, also available in 12 other pack varieties).

    8. Once you start accumulating more equipment, build a designated space to keep it organized. A wall mount will keep your yoga mats, foam roller, and resistance bands off your floor and make your space feel like more of an actual gym.

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    Promising review: "I love this! It was the perfect addition to my home gym and saves me precious floor space. I have loaded this thing up to the brim. I have my 4-foot foam roller, my *two* yoga mats, knee support mat, my stretching ropes, and my resistance bands on this thing, and it could probably handle more weight if I hadn't run out of room." —Holly Holcomb

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    9. Don't forget to stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water is especially important after working out, and sometimes it can slip your mind at home. This gallon water bottle has motivational markers to remind you to take sips as often as you can.,

    Promising review: "I had been really struggling to hit my water goal each day, only managing it twice in all of June. But then I saw this beautiful ombré water bottle in a fitness group I'm a part of. I haven't missed my water goal since having it! Apparently, the first-world problem of getting up to refill my water glass frequently throughout the day with cold, clean water from the kitchen was a serious barrier to my water intake. Having my daily goal (or most of it) with me at all times makes it so easy to make sure I'm drinking enough and I also use the goal times on the side to help keep me on track. The straw is removable and pops up when you open the hinged section of the lid. I loved it so much my boyfriend also got one, and I've recommended it, and also seen it recommended by others several times, on the fitness boards. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 18 colors).

    10. Eliminate distractions so you can really focus on the workout and go all out. Whether that means putting your phone on Do Not Disturb, telling your partner/kids not to bother you for the next 20 minutes, or even putting a "Do Not Disturb" sign up, find a way to carve out some time specifically for exercise., Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    OK, so *technically* this privacy sign is typically used for offices and working from home, but I think it's great for letting the people in your home know when you're busy and shouldn't be bothered. This way you won't be interrupted mid-workout.

    Promising review: "To be honest, I bought this originally as a bit of a joke for my spouse who has been working from our bedroom office for the last seven months. However, it has proven incredibly useful! I now know when she's busy and shouldn't barge in, or when I can poke my head in and ask a question. Even our young kids have figured out that 'red means leave mommy alone'! It stuck onto our door super easily (though I haven't tried to take it off yet either!) and has a stratifying magnet system that locks each indicator sign into place (it's surprisingly satisfying to just spin the thing around!). Again, this was a surprise hit!" —J Paine

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in black and white).

    11. Plan out what you're going to do every day of the week with a fitness log to help take the guesswork out of figuring out what to do so you can ~jump~ right in. This Erin Condren one has space to write out your plan, active minutes, meal plan, *and* comes with stickers for an added bit of fun.

    notebook open showing a week of workouts and meal plans on the other side

    Promising review: "I love this planner! It is simple and easy to follow. It's great to use and simple enough to track that I haven't missed a day since I got it. I have a FitBit so under the activities section I just put the number of active minutes tracked as well as using the steps and sleep tracked. Pairing the two is a really great way to see how you have been doing. The stickers included in the back are wonderful and fun to play around with. There is a small pocket in the back that I use to keep recipes that I want to try!" —Reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99

    12. Find a buddy to help keep you accountable on the days when it's really hard to find the motivation to exersize.

    Augusta Falletta / BuzzFeed, Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    Former BuzzFeed editor Augusta Falletta did this to help make exercise a mainstay in her life. She says: "I found an accountability partner who would keep me honest. We made a pact to exercise 16 times a month, sending each other photographic evidence each time — and we've been successful for 12 months straight. After reading Gretchen Rubin's The Four Tendencies, I learned that I'm most motivated by external obligations, something Rubin calls an 'Obliger.' While other folks are motivated by their own expectations on themselves, I'm most efficiently motivated when I know there are external forces counting on me. This is a huge part of why just signing up for a gym never worked for me. Having an external force like an accountability partner really helped me to stay on track."

    You can read more of Augusta's tips on how to start exercising here.

    13. Try a fitness app that will basically bring a group fitness class environment into your home (without the other attendees, of course). Not only will you get an instructor telling you exactly what to do (and for how long), but you'll also get a variety of different kinds of workouts so you never get bored.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Alice Prendergast / BuzzFeed

    I've been using fitness apps for almost five years, but have been consistently using Obé Fitness for two years now. The classes are a great workout, yet the 28 minutes go by super fast, and I’m not counting down the minutes till it’s over. You don't technically need any equipment for the workout, but you can "level up" with simple equipment, such as a resistance loop, weights, and sliders. Plus, I feel like I’m actually getting a good workout and am sore after many workouts. They offer both live and on-demand classes in so many different varieties, including strength, HIIT, sculpt, yoga, barre, and dance.

    BuzzFeed Canada Shopping Editor Alice Prendergast recommends Alo Moves. She says: "One thing I have done a lot of in quarantine is work out. It helps me manage stress and puts me in a better headspace, but I can't do it without the help of a coach. Alo Moves is, hands down, one of the best programs I’ve tried (and I've tried a lot of programs). Callie Gulickson's classes are my absolute favorite, and my boyfriend loves doing the more challenging yoga flow classes. I enjoy switching up my routine and trying new classes and because Alo Moves has hundreds, I rarely get bored."

    Get a subscription to Obé for $27/month or $199/year or a subscription to Alo Moves for $20/month or $199/year.

    Plus, check out these two and 12 other workout apps you can use at home.

    14. But if you're on a tight budget — don't worry. You can still work up a sweat by trying a video (or two) from a free fitness channel on YouTube.

    webpage of Yoga with Adriene with 10 different videos showing
    Yoga With Adriene

    I discovered Yoga with Adriene back in college and spent the summer I was interning in NYC doing one of her "30-days of yoga" challenges in the small dorm I was living in. It was a great way to really start my yoga practice and work on yoga basics. Since then, I've turned to her videos for a variety of different reasons. It's great for beginner yogis (or all levels, really) because Adriene offers yoga videos for different levels, lengths, or how you're feeling (such as experiencing stress, back pain, or cramps). But if you're looking for more cardio-based workouts, I recommend checking out The Fitness Marshall or MadFit

    15. Enroll in a live virtual class so your workout starts at an exact time, meaning you can't procrastinate by scrolling Instagram, pushing off your workout.

    laptop on top of a printer on a tv stand
    Jasmine Vaughn-Hall / BuzzFeed

    This is one of the big reasons I love Obé Fitness because when class starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, I have to be there ready to go. It helps me not push it off and make excuses. 

    BuzzFeed Contributor Jasmine Vaughn-Hall recommends a virtual trap Zumba class. She says: "Recently, one of my best friends recommended that I try a virtual trap Zumba class. I'd describe it as a dance fitness class built around songs you'd shake some ass to when you're out with your friends. And you know what? I ended up LOVING it. I loved the music and the movements that varied in pace. I hadn't done a dance workout in a while, but the instructor's vibe was very comforting and encouraging. I also felt super confident with my body's movements and no pressure to keep up with anyone, since it was virtual." 

    16. Step out of your comfort zone and try a workout you wouldn't normally gravitate toward. Whether it's trying an intense HIIT x Power class that's intimidated you or installing an aerial yoga hammock so you can do inversions and more yoga positions you've always wanted to try, you can do it because there's no one watching you.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed,

    I find there is so much freedom in working out from home. One reason I hate the gym is that when I went (in college), I always felt like people were watching me or judging me. While I know that probably wasn't true, working out at home has really pushed me to try things I never would have. If two years ago you told me that I'd do weight training at least two times a week using a 10-pound weight, I would have not believed you. But that's what the freedom of working out at home has helped me achieve.

    So if you've always wanted to try a certain kind of workout, such as aerial yoga, just go for it. This yoga hammock is made with 5.5 yards of material and comes with two steel screw-lock carabiners (25 KN), two 3-foot nylon reinforced daisy chains (23 KN), a portable tote, and three instructional aerial pose cards. But do make sure to anchor it from a sturdy surface.

    Promising review: "Ohhhhh. Where to begin. I saw some aerial yoga on YouTube (don't laugh), and it looked great enough for me to go online and find this beautiful item. It is easily installed if you know how to find a stud and predrill a few holes for the anchors (which are not included so please buy separately). The material is soft and sturdy, which is kind of surreal. I can do great stretches and all sorts of exercises. I LOVE IT. I just wish they would add a more detailed description of how to do certain poses (or possibly even offer a tutorial DVD for beginners). Anyway. YouTube has lots of great inspiration, and I'll manage. Fantastic purchase" —Mimi

    Get it from Amazon for $57.90+ (available in 26 colors).

    17. Find equipment that allows you to try a new workout style without having to spend a lot of money on something you'll only use twice. The Kettle Gryp is great for anyone who's interested in a kettlebell workout, because it wraps around a dumbbell, turning it into a kettlebell without having two big pieces of equipment in your home.,

    Promising review: "Just about any kettle exercise can be done with this adapter, though common sense notes you’ll need to be careful when doing kettlebell swings due to the width of the dumbbell swinging between one’s legs/knees. This is extremely strong and durable. The enclosed dumbbell doesn’t slide around or spin: it stays put while you’re going through your motion. I use the Kettle Gryp with my Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells. The entire assembly stays rock hard and stable, just like a real cast iron kettlebell. It’s perfect for me in my tiny apartment, since I have neither the space nor desire to bring more expensive equipment into my home." —Jmp1nJakFl@sh

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    18. Treat yourself to a workout set that makes you feel good. Trust me, you'll feel more confident and ready to tackle the hardest of workouts, even if you're the only one who sees the 'fit.

    the writer wearing a black and white houndstooth legging and sports bra set
    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    So I used to just work out in whatever I had around, but it wasn't until last year that I started to step up my athleticwear game. I've found that wearing a matching set makes it easier for me to get ready to work out because I can just grab and go — I don't have to dig through a ton of leggings and bras to find one that will work. And I don't care that nobody sees me in these cute outfits — just putting them on increases my confidence level a bit and gets me ready for my workout. This houndstooth set from Terez is one of my absolute favorite (and I've tried a lot of different brands). It's compressive but not too tight, lets me move, and is in a truly fun pattern. The price point is a bit steep, but you can find many other options (including budget-friendly ones) that reviewers swear by here.

    Get the set from Terez: $65 (for the bra; available in women's sizes XS–XL) and $100 (for the leggings; available in women's sizes XXS–XL). 

    And check out more workout clothes and accessories the BuzzFeed Shopping team swears by here. 

    19. Set a goal for yourself — whether it's to work out consistently, run a mile, sleep better at night, or lift 15-pound weights — having one will give you something to reach for and keep you going. You can also start a challenge to help you reach those goals in small, doable increments.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed,

    For a few ideas, check out more 100 challenges from Darebee.

    And if you need some goal inspiration, here are 27 fitness goals the BuzzFeed Community has.

    20. Don't forget your sneakers! Just because you're in your house, you shouldn't do cross-training workouts barefoot because sneakers support your feet and knees, helping you not injure yourself.,

    These Reebok cross-trainers are made with a Flexweave woven upper to stretch but also support your feet as you do exercises, such as jumping jacks and high-knees.

    Promising review: "These are my first ever pair of Reebok Nanos and they have been amazing for my workouts in my garage. My garage floor is a bit slippery and the grip/tread is perfect! The toe box is sturdy and fits just as expected for all 'HIIT/Functional Fitness/Weightlifting/CrossFit' style workouts. I am a true believer in these shoes. Well worth the price IMO as I’ve worn other sneakers that just didn’t help during workouts that require a lot of foot shuffling and quick-burst movements. These shoes offer support and stability. Great buy!" —Jasmine

    Get them from Amazon for $53.04+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 15 colors).

    21. Get equipment that will help you improve, such as this yoga mat with alignment lines — because you can't have an instructor helping you all the time.

    Model in child's pose on top of a purple mat with markings on it

    You can use the alignment lines during your yoga practice to make sure your body is actually in the proper place for the most benefits during your practice. It's basically like an instructor coming around to correct you. 

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I came here to write a review because I’m so so happy. I’ve been looking for a yoga mat that was long enough for me (I’m 6 ft barefoot ), a mat that wouldn’t slip if I got sweaty, and a mat that is durable and won’t shred easily like the previous mats that I have owned. The markings for alignment are a huge bonus, as I’ve been really delving into my daily practice and working on forming an alignment. This is a feature that I did not know I needed, and I am so grateful it exists. This mat is also a lot more beautiful texture-wise than it even looks in the picture. It’s also very comfortable. It's not too thin and not too thick! I am just so pleased, and I highly recommend this yoga mat. For the first time today, I did not spill off of my yoga mat during Savasana :) thanks for the quality and the happiness this mat has already brought me!!" —Reya

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in four colors).

    22. Build recovery days into your routine and give back to your body with an easy walk, stretch-based yoga class, or even a massage gun to give your sore muscles some relief.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Canada Shopping Editor Alice Prendergast says: "I went hunting for massage guns and read, like, 15 articles before landing on the Theragun Prime. I'm aware that this baby is like the Maserati of massage guns and costs a pretty penny, but it's totally worth it. It's super powerful, and you can switch up the heads to really dig into the right places. I use it for recovery after workouts and recovery after working from home (computer chairs kill me, OK?), and it's made me feel a million times better."

    Get it from Terabody for $299 or a similar one from Amazon for $49.99.

    23. Turn your workout into a game — the Stealth core trainer is a video game balancing board where you use your abs to earn points. You'll be so focused on getting a new high score, you won't even realize how hard you're working.

    model on the triangular-shaped yellow board with black mats for arms and a phone in the middle

    Don't forget to download the app before you get started so you can play the four free games!

    BuzzFeed Shopping writer Mallory Mower says: "Getting a Stealth board was the very best thing that has happened to me during quarantine. Mixing the fun of games on your phone with the natural endorphins you get from exercising is, to put it lightly, genius. I have two in my home, and my husband and I compete daily to see who can last the longest. My favorite game is the paragliding challenge, he's into the planet-blasting space adventure. Nerd."

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    24. Or if you prefer to play video games, try the Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch where you explore a fantasy world and battle enemies, all while working out.


    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Heather Braga says: "This may seem like a childish adventure from Nintendo, but JEEZ within moments I'm sweating my butt off. To play, you'll place a JoyCon into both the ring con and a leg strap so your movements are monitored. To move through each level you have to physically run in place and each time you 'battle' an enemy you have to do 15 reps of an exercise of your choosing. For example, each time I complete a squat the enemy receives a 'kick.' It's so fun I don't realize I'm working out until the game reminds me to take a break and have some water. It even monitors your heart rate for you. It's more intense than you'd expect!"

    Get it from Amazon for $69.88.

    25. Switch up your schedule to get your workout in first thing in the morning so you don't keep saying "I'll do it later" until it's time to go to bed. If setting an early alarm isn't enough, try a sunrise alarm clock that gradually brightens 30 minutes before your alarm in a more peaceful and calming way.

    Casey Gueren / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    It also includes nature-inspired sounds, eight colorful light options, three brightness settings, and FM radio.

    Promising review: "If you hate waking up early in the morning or just hate alarm clocks in general, you HAVE TO buy this thing. It’s changed my life. Basically, the LED ring around the outside turns on (very very dim soft white) 30 minutes before the alarm time. During that 30 minutes, it very slowly becomes brighter until that wakes you up, much like the rising sun (very zen, yes). You wake up peacefully and don’t want to throw it at a wall! If that doesn’t wake you up the alarm still beeps at your set time. I wasn’t a morning person until I bought this. My deep-seated hatred for alarm clocks has subsided and I feel confident this thing will wake me up peacefully every day." —Scott Strickland

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    And if you need more help getting up early, read how former BuzzFeed editor Casey Gueren became a morning workout person.

    26. Realize it's all about finding the time to work out. Even if you think "you're too busy," you can probably find 20–30 minutes a day to exercise. If you work from home, try a stationary desk bike, or if you spend the evening watching your favorite show, do it while bouncing on a mini trampoline.,

    Promising review (for the stationary desk bike): "I had been looking for ways to move my body more while working from home when I came across this bike! It was super easy to set up right out of the box and has a VERY small footprint, so it doesn't take up too much space in my tiny apartment. Definitely still getting used to being on a bike seat, but as far as bike seats go, it is comfy enough to work and ride for a good few hours. The desk can be a bit wobbly if not screwed in all the way, but when I set it up it was a perfect size and sturdy enough for my laptop. I also absolutely love being able to see the sats on how far I've ridden, which is something I noticed not all other similar bikes had. Totally recommend for anyone working from home and feeling super stagnant!" —Kaitlin P.

    Promising review (for the mini trampoline): "I am a fitness fanatic and wanted something to stay in shape during the winter. I love hiking and walking, but living in the Northeast prevents me from enjoying the outdoors during the winter. This has provided me with an excellent opportunity to jog in place, walk in place, and jump to add some fun to it. I find it to be an excellent workout and place it in my living room while I'm watching TV. I haven't had to fold it yet as it is light enough to move around and may even fit in my closet to get it out of the way. I highly recommend this for all ages!" —Paula

    Get both from Amazon: $299+ (for the stationary desk bike; available in four styles and colors) and $69.99 (for the mini trampoline; available three colors).

    27. Find equipment that fits your lifestyle. If you enjoy jogging on a treadmill but think you don't have space for one, try the Treadly 2 Pro.

    Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping Editor Genevieve Scarano loves this compact treadmill. She says: "I've been jogging almost daily on this treadmill, and it's been a big help when it's too cold outside and most gyms are closed due to COVID-19. You can walk or jog up to 5 mph, move the handrail up or down (and yes, this means you can walk on the treadmill even with the rail *all the way down on the floor* for workouts), *and* track your daily progress in the Treadly app. Walking and running on this treadmill feels the same as other treadmills I've tried in the past (minus the up to 5 mph feature). What I love about that speed limit though is that it helps me focus on my form when I'm jogging or walking. I'm being mindful of each step and not rushing, so I really enjoy using it for workouts. It's 3.7 inches tall and weighs as little as 77 pounds, making it fairly easy to move around. With two front-support wheels and a folded handrail, it doesn't take too much effort to place it in a corner or stow it away under a piece of furniture, but moving it did require a little work, since I don't have much floor space between my bed and closet. I had to gently slide it out from under the bed, lift it up, and wheel it to the workout corner in my living room. It took me about three minutes, so not too bad!"

    Get it from Treadly for $749+ (originally $849+; available in two styles).

    Read Genevive's full review of the Treadly 2 Pro here.

    And check out this article if you're looking for more workout equipment for anyone who lives in a small apartment.

    28. Don't skip your warm-up and cooldown. Just because you're at home, doesn't mean you can just forget this crucial step in working out. Put up a stretching poster in your workout area as a simple reminder that will also give you ideas if your only move is to touch your toes.

    Walt Disney, Amazon

    Promising review: "This poster has a nice summary of stretches for all muscle groups. Having it on a wall in the home gym is a great reminder to not skimp on stretching after a workout. It's useful for beginners: no need to guess what stretch will work on what muscles." —jpa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    29. Remember that your workout doesn't always have to be for your body. You can add meditation to your routine to work your mind, too.

    View this video on YouTube

    30. Invest in an app or gadget, such as an Apple Watch, to help motivate you to keep going. It's filled with useful tools that track your workouts, sleep schedule, and sets daily goals so you can feel accomplished every day.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed,

    I decided to get an Apple watch at the beginning of this year because my friends wouldn't stop raving about it. Sure, the price point was a little steep, but I did my research and asked multiple friends if they thought it was worth it, and everyone said a plain and simple, "Yes." And they were right. I use my watch mostly to track my workouts. I've used a few other fitness trackers, and this one is by far the best. It has SO many options when it comes to selecting the workout you're doing. I was surprised when I was able to track when I played pickleball with my parents. The watch also has goal-setting rings that remind me to get up and moving every hour and meet my "active minutes goal." It's a simple reminder to help me get moving every day, even if to just take a walk around the block. There are also so many other cool features that don't have to do with fitness that takes this watch the extra mile.

    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with this watch. I’ve been trying to get back into a fitness routine, and this gives me reminders and motivation to keep going. I also love changing out the bands and the many features. I think that’s why the battery life hates me, but I can get two days of wear before charging it." —Ri-chan

    Get it from Amazon for $268+ (available in two styles, two sizes, and five color combinations).

    And as a bonus, if you have an Apple Watch, you can use Apple Fitness+, which brings all kinds of workouts, from HIIT to Yoga, right to your wrist.

    The workout streaming on a phone

    Apple Fitness+ can make working out at home super easy, with the help of your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. You can select a workout from your watch, and stream it on your other devices, with your tracking metrics right on the screen, helping motivate you to keep going. There's a ton of different kinds of workout from different trainers, and new ones are added every week. Plus, as you use it more, it will recommend workouts based on what you've done previously, but also new trainers and workouts you might not have known about. And with different programs for all fitness levels (beginner, older adults, etc.), you'll find something that works for you. 

    Get it from Apple for $9.99/month or $79.99/year (after a one-month free trial). 

    31. And if you really do want a gym experience, bring the gym right into your home with The Mirror, which will give you access to a personal trainer all without ever leaving your living room.

    The rectangle-shaped mirror on a wall with a model on a yoga mat mirroring what the trainer is doing on the screen
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    The Mirror brings a fitness studio right into your home. It comes with a wall mount and stand as well as a companion app. Plus, you can sync the heart-rate monitor or Apple Watch to help you track your workout in real time. There are more than 20 different types of workouts on the device, including boxing, Pilates, weights, and more. It also tracks your progress so you can try and beat yourself to improve.

    Promising review: "The thing that makes The Mirror a game changer a combination of the convenience of working out at home and the awesome personal trainers who guide you through your workouts. I can work out whenever I want. and I don’t have to leave the house, and I can take any class I want whether it be focused on cardio, arms, abs, core, legs, etc. There are also tons of classes to give you a lot of variety so you don’t get bored, which is a factor for me so I like that you can change it up. I also prefer instructional workouts and the trainers on The Mirror always come with awesome workouts. I like working out with dumbbells but there is a variety of equipment such as resistance bands, kettlebells, or body weight. The instructors are like personal trainers and are very motivating. They know exactly how to make you move your body with said equipment to get a great workout. Overall, the mirror has been a game changer for me because I use it way more than any gym I used to go to. I see actual results. It helps keep me motivated, and I feel great." —Shawn

    Get it from The Mirror for $1,445 (originally $1,495).

    Actually footage of me working out like nobody's watching at home (because they're not!):

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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