Getting up to go to the gym before work isn’t really ideal for even the most devout gym rats.
And let’s face it, after a long day it’s pretty hard to say no to plopping on the couch for the rest of the night. The key is finding something you actually like doing.
If you’re the kind of person that has to suffer through 30 minutes of exercise, it’s time to find a new routine. Try these tips to find a routine that you can stick to.
Stop Doing What You Hate
If running on the treadmill makes you hate life, then stop! There are many different ways to stay fit so find one that you enjoy, or at least, don’t totally hate.
Activities like kickboxing can keep you focused enough to not notice 30-60 minutes fly by. Hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities can be great for people who hate the gym environment.
Try different classes and activities until you find at least one that doesn’t make you dread getting out of bed in the morning.
Bring Your Bestie
When you’re the only one holding yourself accountable it’s easy to just skip a few days and hit happy hour after work.
If you have a workout buddy it’s a little embarrassing to have to keep pretending you forgot your sneakers.
Find someone that will help keep you on track. Having that extra emotional support can help you on those days you’re just not feeling it.
Just Stay Home
If you’re not into watching people flex and take selfies in the weight room then just skip the gym.
Chances are you’re paying months of membership that go unused. Plus, the extra time it takes to get to the gym and back sometimes makes it even harder to fit into your schedule.
Working out at home is a lot easier and more affordable than you might think. Just a few simple items like a pair of weights, kettlebell and a jump rope can get the job done.
There are a lot tons of online programs that require no equipment and limited space.
The best part about working out at home? Pants are optional.
Do It For Yourself
If you’re workout plan is just designed around burning calories so you can have that extra slice of pizza later, it might be hard to stay committed.
Find a reason to workout that will help you stay motivated.
Having more energy, getting sick less and generally feeling healthy are better reasons than trying to fit into a smaller dress size.