How to Stick to Your Nighttime Workout

How to Stay Motivated and Stick to an Evening Workout

If waking up early to work out isn't an option, then commit to evening workouts even when it feels like a struggle. Instead of skipping your workout yet another night, take these tips to heart for continued fitness success.

Go straight from work: If you head straight home after a long day, you won't be as likely to stick to your workout — some nights that couch looks too inviting! Instead of making a pit stop at home, prep all your workout clothes the night before and bring your gym bag with you to work. If you need to stop at home before your workout, don't spend time sitting on the couch or catching up on calls. Drop your things, change clothes, and get moving.

Have a reward ready: Knowing that there's something fun ready for you after a workout will keep you on track. Whether it's a favorite show on the DVR or a date in bed with a new book, think about how amazing it will feel to relax and recuperate after you've gotten a serious workout under your belt.

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Find a friend: Staying committed to an evening workout is a so much easier when you've got a friend along for the ride. Whether you're meeting at a class or just heading to the gym together, you'll be far less likely to bail on your workout if that means letting another person down.

Think about your post-workout glow: Some days you just don't want to go to the gym. But instead of letting yourself off the hook, focus on how amazing and accomplished you know you'll feel if you stay committed to your workout. Sure, that run might be hard, but sitting with your guilt all night is a far more uncomfortable feeling. If that's not solid motivation, I'm not sure what is!

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