has this ever happened to you?
You peel your eyes away from your computer screen only to look at your watch and realize it’s 5pm. You’ve put in a hard day’s work, sorted through a thousand emails, gave a killer presentation, double-booked meetings, and now it’s time to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic. You’re exhausted and the last thing you want to do is strap on your tennis shoes and hit the gym.
Trust me when I tell you this happens to me every single day.
We are all busy and we can always make excuses to avoid the gym. But if you are trying to reach your fitness goals, skipping your workout won’t help get you there. These are some simple tricks that I have used over the years to get my butt in gear and get to the gym!
5 Tips to Get You in the Gym:
1. Don’t Sit Down
This is my number one tip I tell people when they say they can’t get to the gym after work because they are tired. When you come home and all you want to do is kick off your shoes and plop on the couch….don’t. Don’t sit down! Instead, immediately B-line for your closet, change into your workout clothes, and run out the door before you can convince yourself to change your mind.
2. Change Up Your Playlist
Switching up your tunes can really make a big impact on your energy level at the gym. Got a new favorite song? Instead of listening to it on repeat in the car, save it for your workout! Change up your playlist frequently to keep your workouts interesting and you are sure to be more motivated to hit the gym. Luckily for me, Jack is also a self-proclaimed DJ so there is never a shortage of new tracks on our playlists.
3. Buy a New Outfit
This may seem shallow to some, but it has really worked for me over the years. Some people like to reward themselves with a new clothing item when they reach a fitness milestone such as losing ten pounds or completing a race. For me, I always needed the new item to get me in the gym the the first place. Regardless of when, working out is always much more fun when you can sport some new digs.
4. Find a Buddy
Once in a while, you just can’t do it on your own. Accountability from a workout buddy might be the trick! Is there someone you know that is also lacking motivation? Maybe committing to the gym together will help you hold each other accountable. Or maybe you need to partner with someone who already has the motivation so you won’t be tempted to slack off. Another great idea is to join a boot camp that meets regularly so you have a group of people to keep you in check. Either way, buddy up!
5. Workout in the Morning
I saved the hardest tip for last. Waking up before the sun rises to crank out some squats is no easy task. However, I believe that there are many benefits to working out in the morning. First and foremost, working out in the morning leaves you with no excuses. There are no happy hours or dinners out with friends to distract you from the gym at 5:30am. Secondly, the gym is much quieter and easier to navigate. The 5pm rush at a gym can be a mild version of Six Flags, but there aren’t many committed individuals getting in your way 12 hours earlier. Next, you can come home from your long day of work and relax with your family. And lastly, working out in the morning gave me more energy and with helped with making healthy decisions throughout the day.