If that is a subject which I never get bored to write, it will be motivation to get people exercising. I encourage my friends to eat right and exercise, I share my workout experience with my colleagues at work and I always motivate my family members to exercise too.
Here are the Top 7 Tips To Motivate Yourself To Exercise:
1) Do something you enjoy. If you do not like what you are doing, you will not do it often. Not sure what you like? Explore more. Join a dance class, learn to swim, go for yoga or hike. Try them all. Keep experimenting until you find the thing that motivates you, mentally and physically.
2) Set goals. Be realistic about what you want. If you just start to play tennis, don’t aim to beat Agassi the next week. If you just start learning soccer, don’t aim to score like Ronaldo next month. You can have short term goal that lead to long term goal. You can zoom into the details, but never forget about the big picture. Have a time frame for your goal too.
3) Schedule your workout. Prioritize it over others. Plan it in your calendar just like you will do for meeting or appointment. If you cancel one, reschedule it immediately. Work is important. So does your health.
4) Have a partner. Get someone who likes exercising. But, make sure get someone who can motivate you. Otherwise, you may be badly influenced if your partner is also good in giving excuses to skip workout.
5) Reward yourself. If you complete a 45 minutes run on treadmill, reward yourself with a new CD or DVD. But, don’t reward yourself with ice cream or a burger. Rewards should not be food related, if possible.
6) Chart your progress. Start by getting a fitness assessment when you first begin a program. Write down your weight, body fat measurements, and body mass index (BMI). In three months, get these figures again to see how much progress you have made.
7) Forget about the all-or-nothing approach. If you don’t have an hour, 45 minutes or even 30 minutes of exercise is better than not doing anything. If you can’t work out in the morning, night time will do too. Just get back into your routine and stop procrastinating.
If you look at the points above, I do not want to sell hard on the exercise benefits. I do not want to get your motivated by highlighting the health problem one may have without healthy lifestyle. It is always better to get motivated when you love exercising. Not because of threat. Not because I want you to feel inferior. I want the motivation to come from inside.
From your heart. From your mind.
Without the motivation, even if you can ignite the spark from a cold engine at the first stage, you probably find it hard to keep the engine going. So, internal motivation is more important.
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