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Postvacation Workout Motivation

Generally, when I go on vacation I manage to squeeze in some workouts no matter where I am, since even the smallest amount of exercise makes me feel better about the inevitable vacation indulgence. But on a recent vacation that involved being on the road for serious amounts of time between stops, I haven't had an official workout in nearly two weeks! On top of that, this particular vacation included late-night Doritos snacking, meet-and-greets over highly caloric mixed drinks, and visiting my favorite (but not necessarily diet-friendly) restaurants.

Now that vacation is over, I'd like to get back into the swing of things, especially because I worked so hard to look and feel great before I left for my trip. But I'm having a hard time feeling motivated — I know my first workout is going to be a rough one — both mentally and physically — and I'm dreading it. To self-motivate, I've gathered a few of my favorite motivational tips below, so check them out! And please let me know if you have any tips of your own. I'm all ears!

Get motivated when you keep reading.

  • Tell yourself you only have to exercise for five minutes. Obviously the key here is to exercise well past those five minutes, but after just a small amount of exercise, chances are you'll be happy you started.
  • Enlist a friend. Having a workout buddy gives you accountability for your exercising, and chances are you'll be less likely to hit the snooze button or ditch the gym if you know you're letting someone else down besides yourself.
  • Make a new workout playlist. I've been rocking the same playlist during my runs for weeks, but I think it might be time to change it up a little bit. I've also taken to setting aside certain songs for workouts only — if I want to hear them, I have to go for a run.
  • Expose yourself to the cold, hard facts. My late-night Doritos binges totaled 500 calories and 26 grams of fat. Granted, each bite was delicious, but at what cost?

Do you have any additional tips? Share 'em in the comments below!

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SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
Eh, 500 calories is a 5 mile run. You deserve a little break Fit, don't beat yourself up about it :) Conversely my sister just got back from 6 days in Vegas, with her husband's family. She felt like she had to look great the entire time she was there, so not only did she diet and work out preceding the trip, she watched what she ate and ran outside in the sweltering heat a few mornings. I'm not sure why she put so much pressure on herself.. but when she got home, she was just exhausted and done worrying about fitness. She is taking a couple of well-deserved days off. I'd much rather enjoy the vacay, work out when I want, eat what I want, and then work out once I'm home like you did Fit!! :)
juanblake25 juanblake25 7 years
yeah that is true, major brands do give out free samples of their popular health products best place to get yours is tell your friends and family too
lwill2389 lwill2389 7 years
Schedule your workout like a mandatory work meeting!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I usually get motivated by laying out all my clothes the night before, promising myself a manicure when I'm done working out, and sometimes just telling myself that I'll feel SO much better when I'm done.
Sophiew1 Sophiew1 7 years
Schedule a few intense workouts for the week, and plan to cook some healthy cleansing meals to balance the vaca indulgences. Do a little self pampering after the first few workouts back because, like you said, they may be a little tough on the mind and bod. Maybe use the hot tub or get a pedicure as a reward. Remember, you didn't fall off the workout train just because you went on vacation so don't punish yourself for having some fun!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
my dog is my greatest motivator. As soon as he hears my alarm in the morning he comes running over to the bed. He is used to going running in the mornings and expects it now. And I just can't say no to that face :)
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
my greatest motivator is just putting on my workout clothes. once i do, i think to myself that i might as well get moving. also, drink some caffeine! i realized how much of a quick jolt i get from an iced coffee on my way to the gym, and i'm that much more ready to work out.
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