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Ways to Boost Your Exercise Motivation
| Date Posted: 1/4/2016
What can you do today to bring you one step closer to your goal?
Healthy Lifestyle Tip:
1. Lighten Up Your Goals
Your fitness goal may be too big for you right now, especially if you're new to exercise. Beginners "want to go for maximal goals, but they tend to get overwhelmed," says Gerald Endress, exercise physiologist at Duke Center for Living in North Carolina. So don't start off trying to work out an hour every day. Instead, set more reasonable, achievable goals, like exercising 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a week.
2. Track Your Progress
Chart your workouts, whether you do it online or in a fitness journal. Seeing improvements, whether running faster, doing more reps, or working out more often, makes you want to keep going.
3. Delete Guilt
You're going to miss a day or two. If you accept that there will be some side steps on your fitness journey, you'll be better prepared mentally to deal with setbacks. Don't let a misstep be an excuse for giving up.
4. Focus Only On Yourself
There will always be someone fitter, faster or more flexible than you. Don't compare yourself to them. Forget about them. Do not let them deter you from your goal. Your workout time is for you, and about you.
5. Get a Cheering Squad
Find people – friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or other members – who will encourage you to stay on track. Ask them to do exactly that.
6. Find the Fun in It
If you can't get motivated, maybe you're doing the wrong activity. Or you used to like it, and now it's gotten stale. Pick activities you like the most, and they become something to look forward to.
7. Reward Yourself
Treat yourself for working out. Choose rewards like a new outfit, a massage, new tunes, a ball game – whatever you enjoy.