Go to the Gym - Not the Couch!
Go to the Gym After Work – Not the Sofa!
Even fitness nuts will tell you, or so we hear, that even they find getting motivated for a gym trip quite hard after a hard day at work.
Most days, hitting the gym after a long day in the office seems about as appealing as taking pliers to your own teeth! The effort, crowds and exertion; it’s enough to make you slump into a heap and resort to comfort eating.
Of course, one solution is to go to the gym in the morning – it can make a real difference. It stops you making excuses about getting caught up at work and it makes it much easier to make good choices when you’ve already put in your hard work for the day.
We understand that this isn’t always possible. So, presuming you have no choice in the matter, how do you get motivated to work out after a long day of work?
Write Down Goals
We’d suggest that working towards something is a lot easier to do than feeling you should be doing something because you have to. Of course, the goals need to be realistic, quantifiable and specific. It’s also very important that they are written down as you will need to read them once a day, ALOUD.
This is known as auto-suggestion and helps your subconscious (your most powerful asset) believe you can achieve them and increase your motivation. Trust us, it works!
Pictures in your mind can really help you dig deeper and make you more inclined to get up from that chair and go to the gym. How would you like to look?
When visualising take into account details such as:
- Your clothing
- The exercise
- Who’s with you?
Once you have this image in your mind, imagine how it would feel to be this person. If you’ve done it right, this should give you more than enough motivation to hit the gym hard.
Emotional Triggers Work!
Different emotional triggers work for different people and they can vary enormously. From being told by a doctor you have a health problem to not being able to fit into old trousers, different people have different emotional triggers that get them motivated. Visualise your emotional triggers when you don’t feel like working out and you will be less inclined to skip a workout.
We’d always advise you to work towards a goal. Tracking your progress allows you to see your path. Sometimes progress isn’t noticeable initially. However, feedback can be taken and your regime tweaked so it helps you lose weight and increase your energy levels to reach your intended goal.
Having someone who you can tell about this progress and how well you are doing in achieving your goals can make them a lot easier to reach. Find a close friend or family member who you can inform of your efforts and who will provide you with the support and positive energy you need to help you to reach your goals.
Do you need something to kick start your fitness regime? Why not come along to one of our bootcamps?
Victoria Wills (Founder of NuBeginnings)
Read more about Victoria here.