exercise motivation tips

Stick with your fitness plan with these
easy ideas

These exercise motivation tips will help you stick with the exercise program you’ve started. Exercise and good health may very well be the most important gifts you can give to yourself and your family.

Here are some ideas to help you get started and stay on track with your fitness and weight loss goals.

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Four Exercise Motivation Tips

Do something you love – This is the most important of the exercise motivation tips. If you are dreading going to the gym or going for a jog then find another exercise you love doing.

Try dancing, swimming, bike riding an aerobics class…whatever it is that gets your heart pumping and is something you actually enjoy doing.

It’s okay to try different exercises until you find one you love. But don’t keep pushing yourself to do something you hate. That’s the quickest way to give up on something.

Personally, I love fitness walking. I find it meditative. Getting outside and walking feels great to me, it gives me time to think and it relaxes me. I look forward to it every day, in fact I need it! My husband will actually suggest that I go for a walk when I am stressed out or angry because he knows how calming it is to me.

What is an activity that you can connect with that brings a sense of peace or excitement to you? That’s what you should be doing!

Any activity that gets your heart pumping will burn calories and improve your fitness level. So it’s OK if it’s not your standard exercise, like jogging or going to the gym. Of course, you should throw in some weight training a few times a week but you should love your fitness routine, not dread it. 

Find your why - You may be familiar with the quote, “Your why should make you cry.”

As I mentioned earlier, walking is a stress-buster for me. It’s when I get to clear my head and think things through. And that’s what I love about it.

So, find your “why”. And then, write it down! Put it somewhere that you can see every day so that you never lose sight of why it is you are exercising. When you see your “why”, finding motivation to exercise will be easier.

You can also put a picture up that motivates you to exercise every day. For example, are you walking for stress relief? How about putting a picture up of a calming image, something that reminds you of the feelings you will experience when you exercise.

Are you exercising to have more energy for your kids? Put up a picture of an activity you enjoy doing with them. Don’t put up a picture that will shame you or make you feel guilty. Shame and guilt are not good motivators.

Create time – If you’re likely to leave exercise for the end of the day and are often too tired or busy to get around to exercising, then it’s time to make a change. Get out your calendar and write in some time for you to exercise.

Just like the other important activities you schedule in your life, like doctor appointments, meetings and running errands, make time for exercise so that it’s not tempting to just push it aside when you get too busy.

If you don’t feel like exercising, just give it a try for 10 or 15 minutes. That brief time is better than nothing! And you may find that once you get started, you’ll want to continue for another 10 or 15 minutes.

Be realistic – if you’re new to exercise, don’t set a goal to run a marathon in a few months! Start small and be realistic. When we set goals that are really challenging, it’s easy to give up and quit.

No matter where you are right now, try to increase your physical activity by 10 percent a week. That’s a reasonable amount of exercise to add each week that won’t leave you feeling too sore or exhausted. It’s a good way to avoid injury, too.

One final tip, which is one of the most power exercise motivation tips is to use a step counter. It gives you a visual of exactly how many steps you’ve taken each day.

Many experts suggest aiming for 10,000 steps per day. When I check my Fibit around dinner time and see that I’m not close to my 10,000 steps a day goal, I head out for another walk or have a dance party with my kids. It’s a great motivator to hit my daily step goal.

I hope these exercise motivation tips will encourage you to continue with your fitness and weight loss goals. The best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones is a healthy, happy you!

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