…yeah, yeah, yeah I know it’s Tuesday. Ohhh well.
Since getting back into a work schedule, I noticed how I am often exhausted after clocking out for the day. My type of job involves being on your feet for sometimes up to 9 straight hours with only a half hour break to sit down. Needless to say, working out is the LAST thing from my mind. Can I get an amen?
However, I always still find some way to get motivated enough to work up a sweat. Ya know what? I never ever regret it.
I thought today would be a good time to talk about ways to motivate yourself to work out after a long day at the office.
Here are things I do:
- Bring my workout clothes with me to work. I have noticed that when I make a conscious effort in the morning to bring my workout clothes with me, I think about them all day. Not kidding. They seem to jump out at me as well when I get into my car at the end of the day, like they’re screaming, “HIIIIII, WE’RE HEEEERE. LET’S GO PLAY!” Silly clothes.
- Prepare a work out plan in my head while at work. Sometimes I allow my mind to wonder a little while I work. I like to think of exercises that I’m actually in the mood to do and I let myself get excited for it! Usually this pumps me up and gets me looking forward to doing the workout.
- Workout at home. I do this a lot. My particular gym isn’t my most favorite gym I have ever joined, so recently, I have been doing a lot more bodyweight high intensity exercises at home. Usually these last no longer than 25 min and require a pair of dumbbells at most. If they require any other gym equipment, I get creative and use things around the house. Chairs work wonders! Knowing that I don’t have to spend the extra time driving somewhere (which can easily add a half hour or more to any workout time) and I can get a really good workout in a small amount of time, often excites me more than a mundane weight workout at the gym.
- Schedule your workouts. Make them priority, people! Early on in the week, I will usually schedule my two days off on days when I can already predict the days in which i knowwww I will absolutely not want to work out. (Yes, you’re allowed to have 2-3 days off a week). That way, when those days roll around, the pressure to workout isn’t there.
- Any workout is better than no workout. ‘Nuff said.
Today I completed THIS WORKOUT. Let me tell you, it was not easy, but it is definitely a good one!
What is your favorite way to stay motivated to workout when it is the LAST thing you want to do??
Something to read: 10 Reasons Why You Fail