How to Make Time for the Gym When You're Tired, Busy, and Overworked

Updated 11/11/16

It's universally understood that physically getting yourself in the presence of treadmills and ellipticals takes more willpower than actually exercising. From the never-ending list of excuses not to go to demanding work schedules, catching up on your favorite show almost always sounds better than sweating it out on the treadmill. Until, of course, you realize how fit you'd be if you had been working out according to the fitness goals you set for yourself months ago. 

And herein lies the answer to tricking yourself into going to the gym: Thinking of how you'll feel once you're happier, healthier, and more fit as a result of your dedication to working out; it's about thinking of the bigger picture, rather than focusing on what you want in the present moment. While I'm far from perfect when it comes to working out, this is a tactic that has personally worked for me—I even created a fitness Pinterest board to serve as a visual reminder of what I'm working toward.

Others, like Business Insider's Libby Kane, have found it helpful to acknowledge that there's always going to be a reason not to go to the gym. "I'm not sure there has ever been a night where I couldn't think of multiple reasons not to go," she writes. "Just because you have a reason [not to go] doesn't make it a good one. Go anyway." Kane also recommends putting off the mental debate of deciding whether or not you want to go to the gym until after you've completed your workout. "That way, I can have a nice, indulgent mental back-and-forth and bask in indignation and reluctance for as long as I want—on the train home, having already done my workout.

I've never been sorry." 

How do you consistently get yourself to the gym, even when you're tired or busy? Share your tips with us below!

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