You know that feeling you get after you’ve worked out? You are all sweaty and pumped up and you feel like a beast. Oh yeah! That feels good. Exercise is good. We all want to exercise. Heck, I even think of myself as a fitness freak. But bringing myself to the gym after a long day at work…well that’s a whole different story altogether. Exercise after work is hard. Period.
Let’s take a rain check. Or may be NOT.
I am NOT a morning person. I hate waking up early. But there’s something I hate even more. Those crazy people who wake up early and have an awesome workout session even before I have woken up. Yup. I hate those ruthless people. So I prefer to workout after work. But that comes with its own set of challenges. The moment I leave from work, the first thing I feel is hungry. Then there’s happy hours, my girlfriend who keeps asking when I am getting home and finally I start missing Netflix. I feel like taking a rain check and skip gym and head straight to the comfort of my normal unfit life.
But I don’t. Irrespective of how tired and reluctant I am to workout, I do it anyways. And that’s what you need: motivation. To be precise, self motivation. However, it may be easier said than done. There will be challenges and a thousand reasons for you to not work out after work, but there will only be one reason for you to go straight to the gym once you leave from your office. That reason is self development and self love. You love yourself and respect yourself too much to give up on your dreams.
This is where, ladies and gentlemen, we fight. We fight our lazy selves.
Let it begin.
Why is it so hard to exercise after work
So you have toiled for 8-9 hours straight (or even more on some days) at work, you still have emails to send, projects to submit, dates to go on and friends to meet. And among all of this you also need to manage some alone time just to be with yourself. Squeezing in your work out sessions between all of this can surely be the biggest challenge.
And this is where we make the biggest mistake: “Screw it. I’ll go tomorrow.” But that tomorrow never comes.
It’s not easy for me to go to the gym after work when I am already exhausted and then wait in line every time I want to bench or run on the treadmill. It’s frustrating and it pisses me off quite frankly. If you’re like me, then I am sure you know what I mean. Going back to your home is easy. It’s what your body and mind wants. Just to eat, get some rest, watch a movie and sleep.
But that’s natural. We are supposed to feel lazy on a physical level. This is how we conserve energy. We are programmed like that. Instinctively, we want to avoid needless exertion. But this programmed laziness comes from the fact that our cavemen ancestors had to work hard and hunt to gather food for themselves. So they saved their energy for hunting and surviving. In this digital era, when you can get food by tapping a food delivery app on your phone, what are you even conserving your energy for? Nothing. It’s time you sneak exercise into your daily routine.
Be your own motivation
The moment I clock out from work, I focus only on that single calm voice that tells me that I need to go to the gym and work out like a beast right now. Sure, it’s easy to get tempted by the sensuous thoughts of going home and relax. But I don’t. I workout after work, 5 times a week. That’s my commitment and dedication to being a better version of myself. There’s a passion inside that drives me and I choose to fuel it through my hard work and execution.
I know you feel that inside you too. Else you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You’d be watching Netflix or something. But you’re not. It means you feel that fire inside you too. You just need to ignite it now.