Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Maintaining Motivation

I need help maintaining exercise motivation. 
Although I work 12 months (year round), my summers are so much easier.  I rarely drive out to my schools, and instead base out of the main office less than five minutes from my house.  If I need to go home for lunch, I can.  The gym is about 2.5 minutes from work and on my way home.  It was easy to work out. In fact, I loved working out.  The fact that I had every Friday off this summer helped as well.  It helped a lot. 
This summer I managed to work out faithfully-- at least 5 days per week.  I did step aerobics for an hour on Mondays, Zumba or a machine on Tuesdays, a strengthening class on Wednesdays, Zumba on Thursdays, spin class or a machine on Fridays, and then I would usually go on either Saturday or Sunday for a class or for a machine.  All of the classes were an hour long and when I used a machine I would do so for 30 minutes (mind you I barely lost a pound, but that is a post for another time). 
Now that I'm back in school-- back to working until 4pm at the earliest-- back to driving at least half an hour each way-- I am losing my motivation.  Yesterday I packed my gym bag before work and went on the way home but it wasn't easy.  I work in the opposite direction during the school year and have to pass my house to get to the gym. 
Thanks to longer hours and the commute, I feel like when I work out it's harder to have time to relax in the evening.  This summer I could work out and be home with plenty of time to catch up with the DVR and to read my books.  How do you keep motivated all year round?


Caitrin said...

I am probably not the best person to motivate you (seeing as I cant motivate myself to exercise either), but YOU CAN DO IT!! Think about how much energy you have afterwards! I know that I always feel such a sense of accomplishment after some exercise!

Steph @ Professors_Wife said...

I have no advice... I'm struggling right there with ya, sister! I was super motivated prior to my vacation at the beach, but when I got back a couple weeks ago? Um.. yeah. No gym for me!

talklesssaymore said...

I have the same problem, so if you figure it out let me know.

I've tried the workout buddy thing multiple times (like I don't learn the first time) but none of my friends drive so I have to drive them- and my issue is that when I have time to go I just need to do it then. I don't like waiting around for someone else. I don't like people taking up a ton of time getting ready, or cleaning up after we leave. I hate feeling like I'm wasting time.

I just have too much to do.

Also, any schedule I seem to come up with will work for like a month and then stuff happens and it doesn't anymore. Much like your summer vs. fall schedule.

Amber said...

I feel like I could have written this myself....I am looking for my motivation as well! It's hard with work, school, and family. So if you find the answer, please share :)

Debbie said...

I'm so with you on this. It's nearly impossible right now. Just wait until you have a baby on top of that. I feel so guilty when I want to go work out and have to leave my son to do so, and have to leave my hubby to watch him alone, etc. It's a pain! :(

ps - on another note...for your ToT yesterday, we're so alike! I majored in psychology and LOVED al my classes! at the very end, I also had extra hours and decided to do sociology too. im fascinated with people!! :)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

It is hard for me to get motivated to work out sometimes. I hate doing it after work but I go to work at 545 am. So it works better for me after. I just have to make myself do it.

A Wedding Story said...

Ugh, it's so hard to stay motivated! I honestly have to look through catalogs to find clothes I really want to fit into, cut them out and put them in my wallet to look at when I go out to eat! LOL!

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