7 Things You Can Do Today To Up Your Workout Game

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
by Maya Kachroo-Levine

I’m one of those people who’s good at working out, in theory. I was a competitive gymnast and traded that in for cross country at some point in high school. Once those ended, it became increasingly clear that I actually wasn’t good at exercising, I was just able to do it with a coach telling me what workout plans to follow. I can be a "self-starter" work type, and have drive for a lot of things, but when it comes to keeping my body healthy, I apparently have very little motivation.

Maybe that’s true of a lot of us — we can work hard at our jobs and our relationships, but somehow have a mental vice when it comes to working out. And exercising at home only makes it worse. When you buy a gym membership, you have the added pressure of dropping a lump of money every month motivating you. Once you’re there, you’re not going to ignore the treadmill in front of you. But at home, it’s easy to succumb to the fact that you had a long day. Plus, there’s wine on the counter and your roommate is skipping her workout, too.

Read on for seven ways to up your game, fight those excuses, and get your sweat on right in your own home.