Post # 1
How do you guys find the motivation to work out after work? I get home everyday around 7PM and find that all I want to do is make/eat dinner, hang out with DH and the dog, and relax! Working out in the morning is not an option since I can’t drag myself out of bed. My gym is 1 mile down the road but I can never get motivated enough to go there after work.
Any advice? Also – working out at home isn’t really an option either. We have a small townhouse and there would not be any place for DH and the dog to retreat to 🙁
I feel like such a lazy bum UGH!
Post # 3
Get a buddy. You don’t have to even work out with this person, just knowing they are there helps a TON. I have a girl that I work out with after work and I used to always fight with myself on my way to the gym looking for an excuse to not go. Now I don’t even think about it because I know my gym buddy is waiting. Also, try not to go home first. Bring your workout clothes with you and go straight from work to the gym. I have found that if I go home first there is absolutly no way on earth I am going to the gym.
Post # 4
So, I’m the complete opposite of a morning person. I could sleep for days. However, I started to make myself get up in the morning and get to the gym. This way, it’s over for the day and you won’t be able to justify not going after work. I wouldn’t want to work out at 7 either! I’m not gonna lie, getting up in the beginning will suck. But once you start to make it a habit, it’s not so bad. My advice is to set out all of your work out clothes the night before. Sleep in them if you have to. Then when the alarm goes off, do your best not to snooze and GET UP!
Can you motivate your DH to go with you in the morning? I found a boot camp that’s starting in my neighborhood that begins at 5:30 am. Yikes! But FI and I are going to do it together. We’ll motivate either other to get up in the morning.
Also, maybe you can figure out some sort of reward/punishment system, that might help to. Like reward yourself for going to the gym and seeing the results you want with whatever you love (obviously not food related haha). Maybe a punishment is that you’ll have to go to the gym after work if you miss your morning one, regardless of what you have planned.
Post # 5
@snuggielove: My trick is to take my workout clothes to work. If I go home, I never make it to the gym.
It also helps if you have someone to help make/cook dinner. I’m lucky to have my mom and dad, who I’m living with until I get married (it’s really helping me save money too!! ) We have a really good system going. My mom gets off 30 min before I do. She goes home and seasons the meat and puts it the oven, she meets me at the gym about the same time I’m getting there, and my dad takes it out when it’s done. It’s usually done when my mom and I get home from the gym. We’ll just microwave some frozen veggies (way faster than steaming it on the stove) and then I have cleanup duty.
Cut carbs! It works. I wasn’t losing anything and getting frustrated. My mom and I cut all carbs, but allowed “cheat” weekends (but still ate decently healthy) and I lost 15 pounds! I kinda messed up the diet and the workout routine over the holidays and gained 5 of them back, but I’ve started up again!
Post # 6
Its the ten minute rule… I use this and stole it from another poster in another forum…
Do ten minutes of exercise either at home or at the gym and tell yourself that once you have started and done 10 minutes and you still really don’t want to do it, then you can quit. 9 out of 10 times you will keep going, but giving yourself permission to stop helps to train you that exercise is not punishment, but something good for you.
Also, for me it is getting out of the house for most of my workouts. Either at a gym or outside or even a room of the house that is not normally used. There are too many distractions in familiar areas.
Also, joining a class where you begin to know people helps with accountability because you know you will see certain people and possibly make friends with them on certain days and times.
Try also using a calendar to mark down your exercise for the day. Its not so much fun to see too many blank days in a row 🙂
And for time management. I make several dishes on Sunday that can be used/eaten throughout the week when I am low on time. IE this week I made a stirfry, LF coleslaw, defrosted and marinated steaks, a side of quinoa, lean Mediterranean meatballs, roasted turkey drumsticks all sitting in the fridge to be used for meals.