Tips to Stay Motivated to Exercise

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Exercise: How to Stay Motivated

Some ways to combat motivation deficit:

1. Change your exercise routine every four to six weeks by trying a new activity or changing your intensity or time.

2. Write down your goals and review them daily.

3. Use photos as a visual aid, i.e., a picture of yourself at your ideal weight pasted on the refrigerator door.

4. Schedule exercise as you would a business meeting, a doctor’s appointment or other non-negotiable activity.

5. If you can’t get in your full exercise time, break it up into 10-minute increments. March in place while watching TV. Run up and down your stairs 20 times. Take the dog for a short walk.

6. Wear a pedometer. Challenge yourself to get in a certain amount of steps per day (experts say 10,000 per day is the average of fit people).

7. Find an accountability buddy or group. On the days your motivation lags, your friend(s) can be your cheering section. When they’re feeling lazy, you can talk them into working out.

Most important:

Give yourself occasional rewards for consistently sticking to your plan. Sure, it can be a food treat every once in a while, but don’t make it all about food; maybe get yourself a

massage or take a weekend day off for a Netflix binge.

Stop obsessing on how you look. While many of us exercise in part to improve our physical appearance, this isn’t always a healthy way to think about things. Focus on what you’re

doing to improve your health and quality of life, feel better, build up your energy, and extend your life.