Whether you work in an office or are a stay-at-home mom, your job can be exhausting at times. The last thing you want to do after being on the clock all day is to go to the gym. But what if working out after work didn’t have to be a chore? If you’re looking for tips to make your post-work workout easier, check out these 10 tips. Below are some of our favorite ways to stay motivated.
7 Tips for Working Out After Work
Choose your gym’s location wisely.
When it comes to choosing a gym, what qualities are you looking for? Sure, affordability and amenities come to mind, but what about location? Selecting a gym that’s close to your home or office isn’t the only thing you should take into consideration. Is the gym close to a grocery store so that you can swing by and get ingredients for a last-minute dinner instead of picking up a pizza? Is it near a gas station so you can fill up before a big storm? Selecting a gym that’s close to places where you run errands is kind of a two-for-one bonus. Think about it this way: you might as well workout for 30 minutes if you have to go to the grocery store anyways.
Embrace your “me time.”
We’re not sure what it is about the northeast, but everyone is always in a rush. Everyone is so busy to hurry through their day that they don’t even stop to taste their food. Seriously, how many of you stare at your computer screens as you scarf down your lunch? Make the gym your little home away from home. It’s the one part of your day you’re not in a rush to get home. Do you find yourself ravenous at the end of the day? Eat a snack in the car so you don’t rush through your workout. Changing your mindset will help you be more focused, get a more effective workout, and prevent injury. Trust us – replaying your conversation with your boss will only harm your weight lifting form.
Take a group fitness class if you’re feeling extra unmotivated.
There are dozens of reasons why people take group fitness classes. Sure, they’re fun and help you mix up your regular routine, but being “trapped” in a class can ensure you actually get the job done. It’s much easier to leave 10 minutes into your treadmill run than it is to escape midway through a spin class. Sometimes all you really need is for someone to yell at you to pedal harder.
Clean up your diet.
You are what you eat. Not literally, but have you ever noticed how you feel when you eat a salad versus a burger? Now, don’t say hungry! Incorporating healthier options into your diet will prevent you from stomach aches and feeling sluggish. We recommend starting your day with a healthy breakfast and eating a light lunch to prevent a carb coma all afternoon. This will help you feel more awake, allowing you to get your work done faster and be ready for the gym once the clock strikes 5.
Remember to stay hydrated. Coffee doesn’t count!
Water is almost like a magical elixir that can cure any ailment. But 75% of Americans aren’t drinking enough of it. Dehydration symptoms come in all shapes and forms, such as fatigue, headache, and stomach aches. Are you trying to keep up your energy? Before you down another cup of coffee, try drinking a few cups of water. Too much caffeine can make you crash by the end of the day, making working out after work nearly impossible. Remember that coffee actually dehydrates you, so don’t count that cup of joe as part of your daily intake.
To calculate how much water you should aim to drink in a day, take your body weight in pounds and divide it by 2. For example, a 150-pound woman should try to drink 75 ounces of water daily.
Step outside on your lunch break.
Physically removing yourself from the office can really help break up your day. If possible, try going for a walk outside to get a few minutes of sunshine. Not only do you get your steps in for the day, but this midday exercise can help wake up your body for a long afternoon ahead.
Take care of your body at the office.
Adopting healthy office habits can set you up for success all day long. Don’t believe us? Try sitting up straight more often. Not only will you engage your ab muscles for hours at a time, but your back will be a lot less sore at the end of the day. Do you work in front of a computer all day? Wearing glasses may prevent eye strain, leaving you headache free at the end of the day.