Even as the weather warms up in San Francisco after a Summer of fog, between long and hectic days at work and a growing at-home to-do list, sometimes the last thing I feel like doing after I get home is going for a run. Reader caleighashton has the same problem, posting a question in the community seeking some motivational ideas.
Here's some of your best advice (and a little of my own):
- "The first few seconds are rough when I get home and change into my workout gear. I make sure I've laid out my clothes and I don't sit down. I immediately head out for my run. It's part of my daily routine now." — kittieflyn
- "Bring my workout clothes with me to the office and either go to the gym after work, or to run outside, change at work so I don't even go in the house. If I make it inside, it is a lot harder to head back out for a run, so by not going in the house I save myself from the temptation to stay in." — Jenngal24
Check out some more reader-tested advice and share your own after the break.
- "I work 45 minutes-an hour away from home, so taking a nice long run/a class at the gym is the perfect way to 'waste time' so that I'm not sitting forever in rush hour!" — AZDaisy
Like the advice given above, I try to bring my workout clothes with me to the office. If I'm going on an outdoor run, I get changed in the office bathroom and sneak out. I'm also at an advantage because the running routes near my office are wonderful; they're a nice change from the routes I'm used to near home. But even if your postwork run doesn't take you somewhere breathtaking, use a new route as a way to challenge yourself. Throw in a few hills for endurance-boosting variety, or enlist a co-worker to run with you. Just like getting motivated after a vacation, all it takes to throw some excitement into your postwork run is a little bit of change.
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