I completely relate to finding it difficult at the end of a long day at work to muster the energy to get to the gym. In today’s hectic schedules, with demanding jobs and social events to keep on top of, often exercise is the first thing to slip.
I have been there. On top of my day job, I have a three hour (total) commute per day, I have to cook dinner, prepare food for the next day and I still need to find an hour ‘downtime’ to relax before bed so my head isn’t spinning. How in the world do we find the time?!
I’m probably at the extreme end of the spectrum so here are my tips on finding the time:
- Find an exercise you enjoy. If you hate running, don’t plan a run after work! You won’t go! This is the first rule for creating a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it’s taking the dog for a 5 mile walk, Zumba, or fast and sweaty HIIT classes. Once you find what you enjoy, you’re less likely to make excuses and actually look forward to it.
- Commit to a challenge. I found it hard to fit cardio into my routine – so I signed up for a half marathon. Knowing that I had paid money – and with the fear of a DNF – it would get me out and running, even in the pouring rain. Please keep my first point in mind and don’t sign up to a race if you hate running! This could be signing up for a 6 week yoga course for example.
- Get straight to the gym. I used to have my gym near where I lived and it meant going home and then driving to the gym. I hated this. If I got home at the end of the day, the last thing I felt like doing was going out again. So I changed my travel home and went straight to the gym. Now I have gone the whole hog and joined a gym near my work instead and use weekends for an outdoor activity. Win Win!
- Buy some cute workout clothes! Ok, this is a bit of a girlie one but it might apply to guys too! I don’t know about you, when I buy new clothes I can’t wait to wear them. Treat yourself and then get your ar*e in the gym to show them off!
- Tell everyone. Tell people at work, friends, family, the bus driver. Ok, I’m kidding. But once you tell people, you’ll feel more inclined to go as you are accountable for someone other than yourself.
- Workout with a friend. My friend and I are both on a health kick so instead of meeting for drinks, we meet for a workout class (Kobox) and then a healthy dinner after. Or make a date at the gym. You won’t want to let your friend down!
I have used every one of these techniques for the past few years. The best tip I can give you is a costly one but it helped me immensely in the last month (8 weeks to go).
- Get yourself a PT. Personally, I have got an online PT as it means I am accountable to someone other than myself. I haven’t skipped a workout yet and have seen more results in the past 4 weeks than I ever have before. Of course, this is a costly option so try out the others first!
Let me know how you get on if you have any other tips that help you.