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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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