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SUE5007 Posts: 719
1/24/13 2:31 P

I agree with pack a back and go straight there. Once I get home I don't want to leave again! But if my bag is packed with me then I am much more committed to going. I take a clementine or protein powder and eat/drink on the way home.
I also like the suggestion of getting more sleep. Your body heals and detoxes while it sleeps so really need your sleep.
Maybe you can find a buddy to help you--even if you don't go to the same gym. The girl who sits by me is motivated when she sees me bring my gym bag. If she doesn't feel like going, she tells me and I can always talk her back into it. Or create a Spark Streak to keep you motivated in consecutive days going or meeting your calories burned for a certain amount of weeks in a row.
Taking music you really like can be helpful for your mood while you're at the gym. I have my regular playlist and then my "gym" playlist of upbeat songs only. Spark even has some songs you can use.
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VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 927
1/24/13 10:10 A

Pack a bag and go straight to the gym. I know it's hard to do after a long day at work, but once you start doing it, it will become more natural. I get up at 5:15 to fit my workouts in - when I started - it just killed me - but it became more of a ritual. Even my other half rolls over, gives me a kiss and sternly tells me to get my ass out of bed. :-)

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1/24/13 10:06 A

Can you go to the gym straight from work?

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,381)
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1/24/13 9:38 A

Solution: get more sleep!

If you wake up at 4, be in bed no later than 8. 7:30 or even 7 is preferable unless you fall asleep instantaneously (I know it takes me about 30-45 min to get to sleep). I know that a lot of "life" happens after those hours, but you need to make your health a priority over the fun stuff. Increase your quality of sleep, too, but wearing a sleep mask and turning off ALL the lights (even those blinking LEDs), take melatonin, and set a pre-bed relaxing ritual

RAHSGIRL1099 SparkPoints: (817)
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1/24/13 9:33 A

So I get up @ 4am and am EXHAUSTED by the end of my work day. I know I need to hit up the gym, I do pay for the monthly membership wether I'm going or not. But when I get home and see my bed, all I want to do it lie down and close my eyes. How do I get excercise in when I am sooooo tired???

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