How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise After Work

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You’ve already sat through several hours of meetings today, answered phone calls and emails, made a presentation, and spilled your morning coffee. It’s been a busy day, and by the end of it, you’re tired. But when you go to check your haggard appearance in the mirror before your last interview, you realize that the buttons on your jacket are starting to pull just a little bit more than they did last week, thanks to the delicious cream-filled donut you had this morning.

While you really want to sit on the couch and turn on the tube when you get home, you know deep down that you need to hop on the treadmill and turn on the tap water. So how do you motivate yourself to get your exercise groove going after work? Follow these four steps and you will be well on your way:

Build It Into Your Schedule

One of the biggest excuses we use for not exercising is we just don’t have enough time in our day. Well, consider your bluff called. Think about your day and all the things you accomplish for everyone else. Take a minute and track just what those items are over a one-week time period. What is necessary and what can be crossed out?

It may just be time to give time and attention back to yourself. Write your exercise time into your schedule. Whether you have an hour to devote or just 15 minutes, you’ll find that building in some “me” time will be of great benefit to your emotional and physical health. Still doubting yourself? Gina DeMillo Wagner from ExperienceL! has some great tips on making time for exercise.

Envision Your Ideal Body

We all have our days when looking in the mirror is simply not our favorite thing to do. Recognizing that the image reflecting back to you is a work in progress will help keep you focused on how you want to look and what you’re going to do to get there. Forget about the men and women you see in the magazines and focus on all of the positives you already have going for you. Try to be aware of how changing your lifestyle in this way will give you more than just a great bod. You’ll have more energy to do the things you love with the people you love, and that is a huge motivator.

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Tell Someone About It

Accountability is huge when making any goal in our lives, because going in alone offers too many opportunities for just saying you’ll make the change tomorrow. Tell someone else about it and gain the support you need to continue your exercise every day. Maybe that support comes in the form of your spouse, coworker, close friend or neighbor. If you know someone is there to help monitor your progress, you’ll be much more likely to skip the couch and get to work.

Change Up Your Routine

The drudgery that can come with exercise is often linked to a boring fitness routine. Change it up by finding new ways to get active. If you’re new to the workout-scene, try looking at some of these great ideas and tips for beginners from Fitness Magazine. Go for a hike, ride your bike, or join a ballroom dance class. Fitness doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all model. Pick activities you enjoy, and you’ll actually start to look forward to the exercise.

Working out doesn’t have to be a painful after-thought to your day. Instead, allow it to be the impetus that gets you through your daily work and allows you to be the person you want to be.

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