How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Some people have more of a natural drive or motivation than others, but everyone has the ability to become motivated and stay motivated. The first thing you should do is write down your goal. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to lose weight? Do you just want to maintain your current weight and stay fit? Do you want to tighten your body or build muscle? Writing down your goal will make it real for you and then saying it to yourself that this is what you want to do. Next, you should envision that you have reached your goal. How do you feel? What do you look like? Envisioning the goals success is the first step to actually making your goal come true. Here are some other tips to help keep you motivated along the way.

 

Determine a schedule. How long and how often do you plan on exercising? Be strict on yourself and make yourself stick to it after you have decided on it. Let’s say you plan on working out three days a week for one hour each of those days. Leave immediately from work and go to the gym or place where you will work out. Do not go home, unless you have the discipline to make yourself work out at home before eating dinner or relaxing. It is much harder to get the motivation to work out after you are home and comfortable on the couch. Sticking to a plan will require discipline, so build up your discipline by thinking to yourself that you must work out right after work or sometime that night before going to bed in order to reach your goal.

 

Pay for a gym membership. Then if you don’t go you will probably feel guilty that you paid money for something and are not using it, which has the power to motivate you to go to the gym simply to get your money’s worth out of it. You will feel guilty for not taking advantage of the membership and working out and hopefully this will motivate you to not skip going to the gym. This does not have the same effect on everyone though, so you cannot rely solely on the fact that you may feel guilty about spending the money. Some people pay for a membership and never go or go once or twice and then quit and could care less they have spent money on it. Don’t let that be you.

 

Promise yourself a reward. Condition yourself like you would a pet. If you go the gym at least the three required times this week, then you can have ice cream or chocolate or maybe a really nice dinner on Saturday. Ideally, you should make it something non-food related though. Maybe a nice relaxing bath or day at the spa or a movie or bowling with friends. Give yourself something to look forward to after your workout, even if it’s just a TV show to watch, a book to read or to spend time with someone.

 

Keep a log or record of your exercise workouts. Seeing your progress in writing is real motivation to keep you going and on track. It helps to keep you accountable for your own progress. There are websites that allow you to track your progress or you can keep a journal of your workouts.

 

Find a workout buddy. It’s much harder to stop exercising when you have a friend there to help encourage you and know that they’re doing the same thing. Not to mention that it’s tougher to bail on a planned workout session when your friend is relying on you to pick them up or be there for them.

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