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Some Workout Motivators

By Rachel Carver

You've been following a workout schedule for awhile. Or maybe you have missed a couple of workout days. For whatever reason, you know you need to work out today, but the idea of moving does not seem appealing.

Life gets hectic. The weather changes. It is sometimes hard to overcome the urge to hit the alarm clock or stay on the couch to avoid the workout. However, if you can get yourself started you have a good chance of accomplishing your exercise goal. Here are some motivators to help you get moving.

Implement the 10-Minute Rule

Any physical movement is better than staying put. Tell yourself you only need to exercise for 10 minutes. You can stop if you still do not feel motivated after those 10 minutes. However, chances are this short burst of movement will help you keep going and finish your workout.

Look At Your Photo

Pictures can trigger many emotions. Find a photo that will motivate you to workout. Maybe you recently finished a race with a friend, or maybe you have a photo with a loved one that makes you smile. These photos will help you remember how you felt with your friend after the race, or that you want to stay healthy for your family. Put your treasured photo on your fridge or by your computer. You want it somewhere visible to remind you of the reasons you exercise.

Create Different Workout Levels

Setting different versions of your workout can help you stick with your plan on days when time is short or when it takes longer to get started. Establish your full workout for the days when you are excited to start and have the time you need to finish. Use the middle version for when you do not feel as motivated or need to reduce your total exercise time. On a particularly hard day, use the third string workout version. This version could turn a 3-mile run into just 1, or call for a quick core warm-up instead of a full strength training regimen. Even your third string workout keeps your momentum going.

Remember Your Exercise Why

Don't put working out on the same to-do list as doing laundry or getting groceries. We are pulled in so many different directions every day, and it is easy to dwell on how much time your workout will take. However, if you remind yourself of why you started working out, you will look at this part of your day differently. Whether you exercise to improve physical strength, manage anxiety, or just because you enjoy it, focusing on your why will keep you motivated.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Davis, Calif.

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