Staying Motivated For Fitness & Exercise

Staying Motivated For Fitness & Exercise

Staying Motivated For Fitness & Exercise

Motivation is key to sticking with an exercise routine. Set goals, find a workout partner, change up your routine or learn a new sport. Your exercise plan doesn’t have to remain the same, so by adding variety and a support system you can reboot your desire for fitness.

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    Whether it's fitness or anything else that you are trying to seem more motivated towards, consider ways to connect things you enjoy to the activity.  For example, if you love music, try creating a playlist of some of your favorites songs and artists and listening to it the next time you exercise. You may start to look forward to the your workouts and the chance to hear the tunes you love.

    If you are more outcome oriented, think about the why behind what you are doing.  Identify the real reasons behind participating in a program (for you).  Does fitness mean feeling better overall, having a more positive outlook, being more energetic, being in control of your health and less prone to illness and injury? If your perspective shifts to the positive results fitness can provide and not just fitness as a means to an end, you may become more motivated and really start to enjoy it!
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    We all have days where we are not in the mood to exercise. A great way to see if you can reverse that mood will be to start your exercise but start very light. Say you are going for a run but are not up for it, instead start walking. This may help motivate you to run. If you are strength training and just feel fatigued then start with light weights and see if your energy picks up. Lastly, have you been stressed and overtired? If so, take a day to rest, try to avoid any outside distractions, take some time for yourself and rest. This will help you come back stronger and able to work harder!

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    Working out with a partner whom one thinks is stronger than he is can actually increase exercise intensity and duration, according to research in the Annals of Internal Medicine. This works for both men and women, and even a virtual workout partner can help improve one's fitness levels.
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    We all know that daily exercise is good for our health. But what if you just hate it? What if you can't stand the thought of jogging, lifting weights, or doing aerobics? Try these suggestions:
    • Identify one small physical activity that you can do without much effort. Maybe you could walk up and down the stairs every day, or walk for 5 minutes around the neighborhood. The easier the activity, the better.
    • Write down what you plan to do and post it on the fridge.
    • Commit to doing this activity for one week. At the end of the week, decide if you want to continue and, hopefully, do more.
    Once you engage in a small amount of activity on a regular basis, it's easy to gradually increase your efforts. With time it will develop into a daily exercise routine.
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    For physical workout burnout we need to listen to our body. Once we get going with our workouts and experience how great we feel, it's easy to forget about the importance of pacing ourselves. We want to push ourselves, which is great! It is equally important to allow our body rest time for recovery.

    Workout burnout that is more related to emotion and how we feel is different. We make a commitment for example to begin exercising 3 times a week. Time comes to make good on our promise and our head tells us we don't want to. Keep your self-promise! Once you get the workout in, you will feel so happy you did!

    There is also the case of boredom that can feel like workout burnout. To avoid this always be sure you are enjoying your workouts. The moment you are no longer enjoying a type of workout, change it up. It should be fun and really something you look forward to. Course-correct as frequently as needed to always keep it enjoyable.

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    When we say 10,000 steps a day, No Excuses! We mean No Excuses! Exercise improves your cardiovascular health, reduces anxiety, and relieves stress. It can also be a great way to spend time with people you already like hanging out with or an opportunity to meet new people. Not a big fan of walking? Try Zumba, yoga, bike riding, or even jumping rope. Whatever tickles your fancy and gets you movin’.
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    Great question! All too often people buy home equipment and end up using it as a way to hang clothes or better yet a way to collect dust!

    If you want to be successful with home equipment then try some of these techniques. First, purchase something that you believe you will use. Try to avoid falling into those gimmicks that you see on TV. The results may be present but may also be a waste of time. Next, place your equipment in an area that will be seen on a daily basis, this can be in your bedroom, living room, dining room, etc. Try and post signs in visible areas that help keep you disciplined. Use a calendar as this may increase your chances of success.

    Ultimately, doing something will be better than not doing something so be sure to stay active!

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    Communication is the key. But how is it best to communicate? I find using humor works the best. Try it next time you are working out. Try one of these on "Wow you are more of a hard ass than my boss." "Somebody is getting a spanking if they keep that up." "Do you want to head to the urinals and duke it out?" "Do you want me to get a cardboard box and put your things in it?" or "Okay competitive smurf."
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    Try a zumba or yoga class.  You’ll be amazed at how fun they are.  You could even join a sports team.  Tennis, soccer, even kickball are great ways to work out and make new friends.  Soon you’ll have a new group of work out buddies.  Either that or the amount of fun you’re having (not to mention how great you look) will be more than enough incentive to get your buddies to join in.
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    There are two factors that are crucial to the success of your physical activity plan. One is that you truly enjoy the activities that you do. There are enough choices that virtually everyone can find an activity he or she genuinely loves. For example, if you walk, find someone you enjoy walking with -- soon the walks will be the most fun parts of the day.

    The second is that you have the support of your family. Talk to your spouse or partner about the need for physical activity and its importance for both of you. Each of you can set physical activity goals. When one of you reaches a goal, have the other cook a really tasty saturated-fat-free celebratory meal or give some other reward. It may sound corny, but encouraging someone to stay in shape is the best way to say, "I love you." It means you want that person to be around for a long time. Use physical activity as a way to be together in spite of busy schedules. You can tell each other about the day's events just as easily walking together or exercising on bikes at the gym as you can in front of the TV at home.

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