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How To Stay Motivated About Exercise In 12 Steps

How To Stay Motivated About Working Out in 12 Steps

Set Realistic Fitness Goals

Getting motivated to exercise

After stressing the importance of pacing yourself and taking breaks, this should go without saying. Setting goals is a relatively easy thing to do, but it’s meeting them that can be the real challenge.

In the case of working out, it’s important that whatever goals you set are within reason.

They can be something for the short term (aim for ten pushups) or something in the long term (lose fifty pounds in six months).

If that isn’t enough, set up your goals as milestones to reach.

Celebrate Every Achievement

A happy and motivated African American woman with workout equipment

The best part about working out is seeing yourself improve in even the smallest of ways. When you really think about it, just making the decision (and setting aside time in your schedule) to get fit is already an achievement. Taking note of your accomplishments help to further boost your confidence, and in the case of reaching bigger achievements that’s cause for celebration! Whichever you choose to go about it, remember to take the time to give yourself a pat on the back. Working out takes a lot of work, so take the time to appreciate how far you’ve come.

Stay Active Outside Of Your Workouts

Black woman stretching

For many people, busy schedules can get in the way of them getting a chance to exercise. However, there are still alternatives for people to get fit. We’ve already covered how changing your eating habits and choosing healthy alternatives can help out, so why not do the same in your everyday life?

For starters, take a look at what you do in your off time and see if you can replace any of your regular activities with something that requires you to use some sort of energy. Instead of watching TV all day, go outside and take a walk. Bicycle or commute by foot instead of by car or bus when you can. And going back to getting your friends involved in your workouts, set up a day for an outing with friends and family to go to the park. These are some good suggestions to get yourself out of the house more and it gets you more into the habits of a healthier lifestyle.

Make Exercising Fun!

African American duo happily riding their bikes

In the fitness class that I go to, the trainer goes out of her way to make the experience great for everyone. She always makes sure to play music that gets us pumped up, she’s always cracking jokes and encouraging us to be more sociable, and she always reminds us to crack a smile once in a while. In doing so, I wind up having more fun than I ever expected when I first joined the class five months ago.

There is no right or wrong way to go when working out, but regardless of how you decide to go about it you should always remember to take the time to enjoy yourself. Enjoy the company that you find yourself in and enjoy every workout that you take part in. By having fun, you find all of the motivation that you need.

How To Stay Motivated About Exercise Conclusion

So there you have it, 12 ways to stay motivated about working out. Have you any to add? Which of the above should help you personally? Let us know in the comments siz. 🙂

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