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4 Powerful Ways to Get and Stay Motivated to Exercise Regularly
For most of us, exercise can be a daunting task, and getting ourselves to stay motivated
to work out every day is certainly not easy. I struggled with the same problem a
couple of years ago after the birth of my third child and endless sleepless nights.
It was physically challenging (for my post-baby body) and mentally hard for me to
get back to exercise when I slacked off from my workout regime for months.
I am happy to share with you some really helpful ways that will inspire you to stay
motivated to work out and get you back on track quickly. Try them out today and your
exercise schedule is never, ever dull! Good luck!
How Can I Stay Motivated to Workout Every Day
1. Many of us lose interest and get bored when we do the same things or eat the same
food day after day. Similarly, when you start a fitness workout routine, the last
thing you want is to do the same old boring workouts and exercises every single day.
Doing the same stuff daily for too long can lead to burnout (and plateau) and, for
some people, give out exercise altogether. For those reasons, you want some variety
in your workouts to keep things fresh, interesting and challenging so you stay motivated
while working out.
There are a multitude of ways to avoid mental boredom, and add variety and new challenges
to your workout regime. For example, instead of running every day, you can speed
walk, swim, or cycle. If the weather is bad, or frigidly cold outside, consider indoor
sports such as squash, badminton, bowling, jump rope or dancing.
Also, exercise need not have to be an expensive and formal activity. Do not force
yourself to run a mile on a treadmill 6 days a week; any activity that involves some
kind of physical work is considered exercise. Digging and forking your garden can
be much more fun and productive than going to the gym. Playing hide and seek with
your children is a great fitness and exercise activity for busy moms.
Another thing worth a big mention is to always exercise first thing in the morning
so that nothing else is pushing you away from your exercise schedule. When you get
through a hectic day, exercise usually takes a backseat.
2. Setting goals worked best for me personally. I make it a point to set fitness
goals, a short term goal and a long term goal, to enhance my enthusiasm for exercise.
What motivates me to exercise every day is that I want to be in great shape for my
husband, to be bikini ready by summer time and to be fit and healthy so that I can
take good care of my family for many more years.
To keep yourself more motivated, focus and visualize the benefits of exercising;
link it to your personal happiness, well being and success in life, and remind yourself
these pros continuously.
Also, when you give yourself an incentive to exercise regularly, you are far more
likely to stick to your workout program. Reward yourself every week if you exercise
and carry through on your fitness schedule for a week without skipping.
3. Having an exercise buddy is a fun way to stay motivated to exercise regularly
if you hate flying solo. Exercising with someone – your spouse, siblings, friend,
or co-worker – makes it easier for you to keeping moving and stay focused on your
fitness goals. On top of that, your workout will be more enjoyable and feel less
like torture when you work out with your fitness pal.
However, the real challenge is in finding a supportive and compatible workout partner
who shares similar exercise goals or interests as you do. You want that person to
challenge you without being overly competitive. It is very demoralizing and not fun
to partner with someone like Ian Thorpe if you are just getting into swimming.
4. If you seriously cannot find a suitable exercise buddy or you are that type of
person who needs to be pushed to your very limits, then I suggest you hire a certified
personal trainer, if your finances allow.
A personal trainer acts as your exercise buddy, a coach and is an excellent motivator.
He can help you grow motivation, self discipline and unbreakable metal resilience
especially when you just feel like giving up. He is here to encourage you to lift
heavier, to do more squats, to run a mile without stopping. Simply put, your personal
trainer makes it difficult to slack off on the exercise regime so you achieve your
fitness and/or weight loss goals as quickly as possible.
Additionally, the personal trainer is equipped with the most recent professional
knowledge on proper nutrition, exercise and fitness to make sure that your workout
routine is safe and effective while you are having fun.
By Diane Hanson
I need help on how to get and stay motivated to exercise regularly. I'm an active
person and always had lots of energy to get up and run in the morning, but somehow
I've lost my commitment and can't stay motivated to workout every day. I find myself
procrastinating, making excuses not to exercise all the time. I really have to get
back to exercising because I stopped running/working out for about 3 months and need
to burn off all those extra calories I consumed over the holidays. Please suggest
some interesting ways to help me get and stay motivated to workout again. Thank you
so much! – Marissa, Detroit.