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How do you stay fit working full time?

I recently started my first adult job now that I’ve graduated college and I enjoy it. The biggest downside I’ve noticed is my lack of desire to exercise. I throughly enjoy exercising at night as it helps me sleep but after working all day, commuting home, and cooking dinner I’m so exhausted that the last thing I want to do is exercise. Should I switch it up to morning? What do you all do?

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  1. Try adjusting to doing it in the morning, but that would entail that you’d need to wake up earlier to do your routines. If that doesn’t work, incorporate it in a different way to your daily work schedule. Take a walk after eating lunch or instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs.

  2. When I was commuting I would drink a protein shake right before closing and go straight to the gym from work.

    Not sure what your situation is but it’s hard to find the motivation to workout after a long day. Better to get it out of the way as soon as you can, then you can spend the rest of your day recovering.

  3. I work out at home through YouTube videos – specifically zumba and dance fitness. When you work out at home, you don’t really have good excuses to not being able to fit in a few minutes to working out. There’s tons of workouts of all kinds on YouTube that you can work out to at home and on the road.

  4. I’m from Switzerland. A lot of people here love to go jogging after work. We have nice sidewalks everywhere, so that works quite well. During the winter many wear headlamps because it gets dark early. I think they usually go running right after they come home and eat dinner afterwards (at least that is what my wife does). I don’t do it because I’m nearly blind, so running doesn’t work for me. Anyway, if that’s an option for you, I think it might be quite nice. The nice thing about jogging is that it’s very effective and it requires very little. Just a nice neighborhood where you don’t get run over by a car.

  5. Timing is personal, but I would suggest starting small and trying to make a routine of it. Body weight exercises like planks and lunges are surprisingly effective. 5-15 minute workout regularly can make a big difference.

  6. Work till 4:30 – 5pm, get back home and go to gym, or go straight to the gym from work by 6pm 3 times per week (I am usually at the gym around 5:15pm). Do an intense work out (about 1hour long) and be home by 7 – 7:30pm. Prepare meals for next day if you did not prepare on Sunday for the whole week.

  7. I go to the gym 4 times/week, usually Wednesday/Thursday + weekend in the morning. So on work days, I wake up at 5am to be at the gym by 6 to do my workout before work. On the weekends, I go to the gym at 8am so then I have all day in front of me to do whatever I want.

  8. It’s a struggle but you have to make it a habit. No one can motivate you, you can only motivate yourself.

    Try putting it on your schedule so it’s at a set time. Plan other things around it.

    Check out the book atomic habits. Many good concepts on making things part of your daily routine.

  9. If you have a stable schedule definitely switch it up to the morning definitely. My last job I would come home with every part of my body aching all I could do was collapse in bed so I know the feeling. I find when working out is one of the first things you do in the day it easier to be consistent with it.

  10. Don’t worry if you’ve only just started your job, the first few weeks are about getting into the swing of working life. I used to go to bed at like 10 because I was so exhausted working 9-6 in the first month or so and then it eased off and I adapted. I would have been very stretched trying to keep up my normal workout schedule, but now it’s no problem.

  11. i made it habitual. to the point it feels wrong if i miss a workout.

    but i started back in high school – would go straight to the gym after class. and i put less pressure on the duration of my workouts and moreso the quality.

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