Post # 1
Ugh, I feel like I’m at the end of my rope. I really want to work out more, mostly to tone up, but I am SO unmotivated! I’m not a morning person so I can’t go then, I work really long hours so I never feel like going after work, and then I just feel tired and lazy on my days off. How do you get yourselves to the gym? I feel like once I’m there I feel good, it’s just getting myself there that’s hard and I’m getting really frustrated with myself and unhappy with how I look. Sorry that was kind of vent-y, but anyone have good tips? I’m just not a person who enjoys exercise…
Post # 3
Having a gym buddy really helped me. We’d motivate each other to go on the days we didn’t want to. It also helped to be accountable to someone like that.
Also, I would take my gym back with me to work, so I went straight from work to the gym. Once my butt touched the couch at home, all bets were off, so I HAD to go on my way home.
Post # 4
I agree with KatNYC2011 – having someone along for the ride helps a lot.
Or giving yourself 5 minutes. Even when you don’t want to do it, tell yourself that you will do it for 5 minutes. Once you start, it’s easier to keep going. If after 5 minutes, you’ve had enough, try again tomorrow, but always get at least your 5 minutes in. Chances are, if you do 5 minutes, you’ll stick with it longer.
Post # 5
go straight to the gym after work. If you go home, you atuomatically go into lazy mode. If you go straight from work… it’s like you’re still ‘working’.
It’ll still be hard to convince yourself to go after work… but you simply have to be determined. Say to yourself “it’ll always be this hard to get to the gym, so why NOT?”
Post # 6
@7SEVENJ9: I used the 5 minute rule whenever I had those winter colds. I made a deal with myself that if after 5 min I felt worse, then I’d be done. If I felt the same or better, I was well enough to work out and would keep going.
9 times out of 10 I kept going.
Once you are going it’s easy to continue, it taking those first steps INTO the gym that are the hardest.
Post # 7
I try Jillian’s 30 day shred– it’s only 20 minutes and I can do it in my PJs at home if I want. Start small!
Or grab some weights and work on your arms while you watch TV. I even do squats in the shower in the morning– the little things add up and help motivate me to actually go to the gym sometimes, hahaha.
Post # 8
@bookworm88 – love the shred – I agree, I usually do that one because it’s so short. I tell myself “it’s only 20 minutes, don’t be lazy” and I just do it.
Post # 9
I agree with KatNYC2011 I have to go right after work on my way home or I wont go either. Also see if they have any classes that you might enjoy. I actually look forward to Tuesdays now because I do a Zumba class and then I do my strength training class. If I go to these I always feel better and it motivates me the rest of the week.
Also, see if your Fiance or hubby can get in and go with you. My Fiance pushes me to the limits when we go together. And the days I dont feel like going he always bribes me with a massage or bubble bath afterwards so I will.
Post # 10
I agree with others who’ve said doing it right after work. I’ve found that that really helps. Also, at the beginning of the year, I started a challenge of doing a minumum of 30 minutes a day for 100 days. I printed out a chart and put it on the fridge – for whatever reason, I found it really helped to be able to cross off the days and see progress. It helped so much that I’m still going strong, 300 and some days later!
Post # 11
Wow, you guys have a lot of great suggestions! Thanks so much I feel a little better. I think taking gym clothes to work is something I should start doing. A lot of times right when work ends, I’ll say, “Ok, I’m going to the gym, this is going to be great!” And then by the time I’ve taken the subway home and dealt with all the crowds I’m just so irritable and don’t want to leave the house ever again, haha. Going straight to the gym would be a good idea. I should also try more classes–I used to be a dancer in college and now I really miss it. I’ve never tried Zumba before but I’ve heard good things!
@bookworm88 I love the squats in the shower, haha, this is really embarrassing but where I used to work there was a one-person bathroom in our office and they had these costco size buckets of Pine Sol in there. Sometimes if I felt like a little workout I would hold one and do some squats! My Fiance laughed so hard when I told him about that…
Post # 12
@Shosha1 That’s a great idea, I’m really impressed–300 days! I can see why being able to have that visual of days to cross off would be helpful. It’s like seeing smaller goals laid out, taking it day by day rather than just the one overall goal of exercising more.
Post # 13
Agree with all the PP – take your work clothes with you and go straight after! I work on a university campus and my husband meets me here and we run loops around campus directly after work.
Of course, as I say this, I’m glaring at my workout clothes cause I don’t feel well (haven’t run in two weeks cause we’ve been sick) and I reaaaaally don’t want to go today – if anything I fel worse!