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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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Here are ways to stay motivated with your exercise program:
    • Choose one or more exercises that you like and can do. The activity you choose has to be doable several times a week.
    • To maximize your calorie loss, you have to increase intensity as the exercise becomes easy.
    • Schedule regular times for exercise during the week and make the commitment to stick to your schedule.
    • Try to maintain an active lifestyle during your day even when you're not exercising. This means walking, taking the stairs and stretching whenever the opportunity arises.
    • If you love social interaction, join a club or a sports team through your local parks and recreation department.
    • If possible, plan family holidays or social engagements that are physically active.
    • When you travel, don't forget your exercise gear. I always make sure I have an exercise plan.
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    Motives are different for everyone.  Some people want to look better for an upcoming wedding, graduation or high school reunion.  Some people have a health concern and without exercising may cause their health to worsen.  Getting your motives through external sources are good initially; however, you cannot depend on them for long term motivation to exercise.  You are not always going to have a graduation, high school reunion to use to help motivate you.  Use the external sources to help get you started and build the confidence to keep you motivated long term.
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    Most people are social creatures and do better when in a group setting. Studies have shown that being a group setting improves exercise adherence, and people are more likely to work out hard and enjoy it more when they work out in a group setting. By being with other people you’re more likely to show up because people rely on you to be there, and you’re more likely to push yourself if the people around you are pushing themselves too. 
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    Group exercise has many advantages. The instructor plans the class and all you do is show up and follow the instructions. You won't spend any time trying to figure out what to do. One of the benefits is the fact that you can make friends that can give you motivation, support and camaraderie. It is important to have people around you doing the things that you need if you want to reach your goals. Exercising in groups also make the time pass by faster as well. Most gyms offer classes free or for a low fee saving you money. Attendance is also higher when you exercise in groups. Group exercise is a great way to work out when you need motivation, your time is limited and your budget is low.

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    Couples who exercise together tend to make lasting lifestyle changes and stick to their exercise regimen. Both individuals act as a support mechanism for each other. They are able to talk to each other about their fitness successes and failures. Exercising together builds a strong bond and camaraderie with your significant other. Couples tend to spend most of their time apart due to work and other responsibilities. Instead of going the gym by yourself, plan a workout time that fits both of your schedules. You’ll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing that one-on-one time that every partnership needs.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    What matters to you in life? Just constantly think about what matters to you in life, and set a small goal of 10 minutes of exercise in the morning and evening and then do those everyday while thinking about what matters.
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    Fatigue is one of the main reasons why you might not exercise at all. However, exercise has shown to boost metabolism and re-energize the body. You do not have to do all of your exercising at the end of the day. You can try working out in the morning, at lunch or even through the day. Many employers now encourage walking meetings, so instead of sitting at a desk, why not discuss work initiatives during a walk. Instead of sitting in a lunch room, or at your desk, eat lunch then go for a walk for the remainder of your work hours. 

    During the evening hours, instead of watching TV from the couch, do sit-ups and push-ups during commercial breaks. During the show, do lunges and squats to work the legs. If you do this through two TV shows you will be getting a good workout. The bottom line, you can always find ways to add exercise into activities of daily living.  

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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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    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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    Sounds simple, but make it fun! Exercise does not have to be in a gym, on a treadmill or lifting weights. Exercise is simply activity that increases the heart rate for a period of time. That said walking the dog, playing catch with your kids, playing a sport, riding a bicycle are all forms of exercise which raise the heart rate.
    Another way to reduce boredom is to take a group exercise class or join a gym with a friend. Social support and having a friend to share conversation with during the exercise will greatly reduce boredom and enhance participation.
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