Finding the motivation to go to work out or hit the gym after work can be tough. Our days usually stretch far beyond 8 hours and by the time we’re done with our work part of the day, the last thing we want to do is get our exercise on. Fortunately, with a few tips on how to motivate yourself for a post-work workout, you’ll be ready to get the exercise your body needs.
When looking for some ways to motivate after work, think of the following and you’ll be working out at the end of the day without a second thought.
When you begin to dedicate yourself to keeping fit after work, start with small goals. When you start small, you are less likely to skip a day and end up feeling guilty about it later. Also, starting small sets you up for success. When you are able to reach the small goals you set for yourself, like going to the gym only twice a week to start, you’ll feel proud of your accomplishments and be more likely to meet future goals. You can even start with something as small as working out for just 15 minutes three times a week.
Posting inspirational quotes at your desk where you can see them will act as a reminder throughout the day of your workout goals. You can also tape up pictures of your ideal body shape to serve as a visual aid of what you’re working toward. It will remind you why you should stick to your plan of working out after work.
When you put your workout clothes on at work you’re making a serious commitment to your post-work workout. You are taking the first step toward accountability for what you said you were going to do. The better you feel about yourself in your workout clothes will make a big difference as well. Wear something you feel good in to ensure you keep your promise yourself. This also acts as a visual reminder that you are committed to keeping fit.
Bring a healthy snack to work with you to eat about 45 minutes before you plan to workout. This will give you the energy your body needs to exercise and will also give you the endurance you need to sustain your workout. Sliced apples and peanut butter will give you great energy, or you may want to munch on a trail mix of nuts and dried berries. Make sure you drink water throughout the day and don’t forget to take a water bottle to the gym with you. Staying hydrated is key, and will keep your body more responsive to exercise.
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