Quick tricks to maintain high energy in the evening for exercise.
Drop your excuses, make time
If by chance you think that you are too busy to exercise in the evening then try a quick experiment to help you kill your mental blocks or excuses, schedule a set time in the evening to do your exercises even if it is only 10 to 30 minutes a day. At the end of the day after your have exercised and finished your complete daily task then ask yourself if you were any less productive than a normal day with no exercise at all but be honest with yourself, check and just if needed but remember that any exercise is better than no exercise.
Try some quick and easy stretching
Stretching any time of day especially in the evening reminds you to breathe deep which helps the blood flow and the brain function away from the lazy side of life. Stretching also releases tension in tight muscles helping free up any pent-up energy that may be lock in.
It is proven that if you are dehydrated then your body does not respond well and reacts by decreasing energy. Even being slightly dehydrated has been known to make people feel mentally exhausted resulting in not have physical energy or the want to do anything much else exercise. Do a test to see if you are dehydrated, the next time that you are feeling foggy or evening slightly light headed, maybe tired. Try drinking a full glass of water of and see if that helps your mental drive.
I sometimes mix up an alpha brain instant mix with water or an acai water but this is what works for me, its best to find what works for you.
Track your progress
Keep a training log of your activity that you do to aid you in learning what is helping and what is not, include your goals in the training log to help you remind yourself why you started in the first place. It is easier to stay motivated if when you feel like giving up and can easily remind yourself of why you started exercising in the first place, when you feel the urge to stop or give up just take out your training log and look at where you are compared to your goal and how far you have come or how far you will go.
Be flexible but firm
Be willing to adjust your evening workout slightly to not interfere with any other activities that you need to do, exercising is better if you exercise with a clear head so you can focus on your movements. Just make sure that you know that it ok to move the workout time around but not to avoid the workout all together, it is easier to keep the momentum going than it is to re-start after skipping workouts. The more that you skip or don’t follow through with your exercise the more risk you take of only discouraging youself.
Crank up some music or listen to anything that motivates you.
Even after a rough day you can always turn on some music to clear your mind and motivate you to follow through with your evening exercises. I have several motivation YouTube channels that I just let auto play to keep my mind focused when I am feeling down or dragging. You would be surprised at how listening to music or something motivational will help you get into the right state of mind to achieve any of your goals. After a while it will become a habit and actually addictive, positive and motivated with every day that passes, you will find yourself looking forward to your evening exercise time.
Call a friend to workout with you
Two people working out is always better because if one person is not feeling like pushing through the movements then the other person can give them that extra little push from time to time to stay on track. Plus you can help each other with different exercises that may be risky if tried by yourself, never attempt to do an exercise that is questionable by yourself. Exercise is meant to help you and not hurt you, always remember that, smarter and safer is always the best way to maintain a good healthy progress.
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