Tips To Get Motivated To Workout After A Long Day

I think everyone can agree that going to the gym after a long day at work, day in and day out, can sometimes seem like more of a chore than the most exciting part of your day. So how the heck do gym-goers stay so darn motivated?! How does one possibly get hyped to step in the gym and exhaust the body that was just busy for 8+ hours dealing with annoying people and situations? Read below & see how I do it 🙂

How I get my butt to the gym when all I want to do is curl up in bed and stay there forever:

  1. Drink coffee
    • I LOVE COFFEE. Dark, black coffee. I get excited every morning for my first cup of the day. Instead of a pre-workout supplement, I drink another cup. I’m still not really sure if coffee actually gives me tons of energy…but I like to think it does. Also, the idea of being able to drink a cup of coffee gets me more excited to then go to the gym afterwards. If you hate coffee, try some form of energizer to get you going. Maybe for you, that’s tea, or an energy drink or a pre-workout supp.
      • TIP: it helps to love what you’re drinking so your mind connects the pleasure of that with going to the gym.
  2. Try not to think about it, just go
    • On my train commute home every day I’m tempted to think non-stop about how tired I am & how amazing it would be if I could just skip the gym. The more I think and come up with reasons, well, excuses, the more likely it is that I won’t go. If I get home from my shift at say, 9:30 at night, I won’t even sit down. I’ll get changed into my gym outfit and just go go go. As simple as it is, sitting down will tempt me to cuddle with my puppies, start talking to my family and before I know it an hour has passed and I haven’t gone to the gym.
  3. Remember, afterwards you’ll be happy you did
    • Literally. Our brain produces a natural, happy chemical when we exercise. Grumpy when you get home from work? I bet you won’t be when you get home from the gym. Also, I have never, not once, regretted going to the gym. Easy as that.
  4. Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad workout
    • Even if you’re so tired and can’t fathom the idea of doing an intense workout, walk on the treadmill. Sit on a bike. It’s better than sitting on the couch in front of the T.V. with that pint of ice cream you told yourself you wouldn’t eat.
  5. Workout with someone
    • There have been countless times I’ve told my boyfriend that if I knew I wasn’t working out with him at the end of my work day, I probably wouldn’t have made it to the gym. A partner helps you just get there, mostly because you’ll disappoint him/her if you bail. Right? So get a buddy & motivate each other.
  6. Find workout clothes you love
    • You know when you buy a new pair of shoes, or pants or a shirt or any clothing item for that matter, you can’t wait to have an excuse to wear it? Well, think about that exciting feeling with workout clothes! And guess what! You’d have an excuse EVERY DAY to wear that new outfit. Personally, I feel better working out in a cute shirt and fun leggings rather than a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants. Your self esteem is lifted when you feel good in what you’re wearing. The same thing applies to the gym. Wear something you feel damn good in and I promise you’ll get excited to step in the gym.
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