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How To Motivate Yourself To Exercise? Top 7 Secrets Finally Uncovered.

April 5th, 2008 · 13 Comments ·


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.

Love yourself.



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  • trey // Apr 5, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    i’m sooooo addicted to physical activities, its practically impossible for me not to exercise.

    i’d think of working out or play sports all day every day. the only times i’d sit out is when my body just cant recover fast enough from the last workout.

    i’m an exercise junkie! weeee

  • dailymuscle // Apr 7, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Trey… You’re not human. You’re hardcore. :P

  • trey // Apr 7, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    DM, not hardcore. i got nothing better to do lah. haha

  • shahrilaley // Apr 8, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    i love reading this article. it inspires me to try it out but i’m too LAZY.

  • meiyi // Apr 15, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    Honestly, i never knew that i would fall in love in gym.
    Last week, i tried so hard to beat my own record in the 2.4km fitness run.
    At school, i can’t even run 1.5km to pass my “tenaga asas” during my PE lesssons.

    A lot thinks that gym is just a club for people to mix and get to know more friends. For me, i can go to gym alone and start going for the classes or working out on the machines by myself.

    Now, I’m a gym freak.
    I feel bad if I don’t go. I feel bad if I don’t get the pain. :)

    I honestly, don’t know what motivated me. But it’s really soemthing from within. :)

  • Carole Gardner // Jun 26, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Honestly, the motivation should start from heart. I have some quotes for you..

    Eat to live, Don’t live to eat.

    Health is wealth.

    Those who think they have not time for
    bodily exercise will sooner or later have
    to find time for illness.–Edward Stanley

    Health is certainly more valuable than money because
    it is by health that money is procured.–Samuel Johnson

  • cary // Nov 1, 2008 at 2:47 AM

    i suffer from depression and it takes a long time for me to get moving. i would love to have the passion fitness junkies get from working out. i wish i knew how that felt.

  • joy // Jan 4, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Been hitting the gym for 3 years now got bored working out on my own,then a friend introduced me to LesMills and now Im addicted to body combat,body pump and body attack, been doing for over a year now, great stress reliever especially body combat ,if anyone wants to be motivated try these lesmills programs ,guaranteed YOU’LL ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT,jus make sure your instructor id good of luck everyone!!,thanks Mun

  • S.Jonker // Jul 5, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Its not that I don’t want to, but I get bored!

    On the bicycle, in a dance or any other class, swimming and so on. And then I start to get annoyed that I am bored…I go through moments when I really want to go to they gym then moments I am actually angry that I am forcing myself, and when I force myself I put in a half effort.

    Please, anyone with advice?

  • Pablo // Mar 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    If you develop persistence as a character trait, not even procrastination or lack of motivation will get in your way; being persistent is the key to achieve anything, even against all odds. Sometimes your motivation might be running low; it is then when habits will take the place of motivation in your mind. If your habits are bad, like just sit to watch TV for hours in a depressed mood, then you will remain unsuccessful. On the other hand, if your habits are positive – like being persistence – they will help you on “auto pilot” until your motivation rises again. So, persistence is the other side of the coin of motivation.

  • MIke // Oct 6, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    I have ran and done PT for 3 months and never lost 1 pound. I have only gained weight.

  • Dr Kem // Nov 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Mike, did you gain fat or muscle?

  • nicole // Apr 27, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    i have no problem exerciseing everyday to lose weight but i cant stop eating sugar and carbs everyday

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