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 , Adolescent Medicine, answered

    A good strategy to encourage your loved ones to exercise is to, first, study what form of exercise appeals to them, then inspire them by consistently setting the example, accompanying them to the exercise, and experiencing the benefits of exercise together.

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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 , Fitness, answered

    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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    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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    Many people start exercising when something tragic happens in their life, like being diagnosed with a major illness, death or dying. There are other reasons for people to start exercising such as concerns from family and friends but generally it takes a big, devastating or life-changing event.
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    Many times exercise classes or even walking the neighborhood with a special group of friends helps you to stay with your program as opposed to exercising alone. The social support of friends or classmates encouraging you as you get through the daily routine can help your compliance to the program, as well as make it more fun. Check with your local “Y” or fitness center for group exercise classes. Depending on the type of pain and your personal preference, you may find classes in low-impact aerobics, stretching, step aerobics, jazzercise, and more.  
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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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    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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    It can help to exercise with other people. We often feel more responsibility to others than we do to ourselves, so one way to stick to a new exercise plan is to join other people in exercising. If you’re not much of a joiner, you can walk with a friend or your partner three times a week after work. Or if you enjoy being around new people, you can join a class at a local gym, yoga studio or community center. Search online, in the classified ads, and on community bulletin boards for activity groups that might be seeking new members.