How to Stay Motivated to Exercise

By Victoria Meisinger

Exercise is great and can leave you feeling so much better, but sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. You know you want to do it, but when it comes down to actually getting out there and shaking things up, the mind develops a lot of excuses.

So here are a few tips to keep that motivation flowing.

Think of After

You know you’ll be glad you did it -- or regret you didn’t. So think of future you and maybe that will be persuasive enough. How you will feel, how you will look, how everyone else will be envious of you at the next cocktail party. Also keep in mind your end goal: The less you procrastinate and put off till later, the faster you’ll reach your goal.

Dance Warm-Up

Can’t seem to get yourself out of bed? Start with a dance warm-up. This will ease you into the day with some nice music and wake up your brain. Keep in mind that it’s not good to stretch with tight muscles. Dancing can be a great way to loosen them up without overworking it. It’s also easy to get pumped when your favorite song comes on, the perfect way to raise your energy and enthusiasm while kick-starting your metabolism.

Reward Yourself

If you have something good to look forward to after your workout, it’s easier to keep going. However don’t be wishy-washy on your rewards. You've got to be a stickler or next time it will be that much easier to give up. I’d also recommend not rewarding yourself with sweets, especially big ones, or it will counteract your workout. Always eat like you’re not going to exercise; it should never be an excuse to eat more.

As rewards go, watch a movie you’ve been wanting to see, or plan an outing with some friends. Just arrange something fun that you know you’ll look forward to, and perhaps getting there won’t seem so bad.

Change it Up

You don’t have to repeat the same workout every time, day after day after day. Sometimes switching it up a little bit can make things more exciting. It also keeps you from getting bored. You know too well that when you’re bored it’s a natural response to want to do something else, even if the task you’re doing is relatively easy. So don’t be afraid to stray from your comfort zone. After all, a major part about being an athlete is pushing it to the limit.

It can be hard to stay motivated; doubts and insecurities spare no one. However, if you persevere and stick it out till the end, you won’t regret it.

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