Exercising is an important part of keeping healthy, but it is easy to fall out of the habit. Busy lives can lead to skipped exercise sessions, and you may find that you aren’t exercising at all any more. If you want to stay motivated to exercise after you have fallen out of the habit, or if you have never followed a structured exercise plan, then you will want to use these tips to get back in the game and discover your healthiest body ever.
Make it easy If exercising is hard, then you won’t want to do it. Make it easy to do by choosing a location that is nearby, or doing something that you enjoy and will look forward to. For example, if you have a bicycle at home that you like to ride, try integrating a biking session at home after you get off work (or maybe you can even bike to work). Choose a gym that is on the way to your office, or by your favorite place to shop. If you know you will not stay motivated to go to the gym, purchase some exercise DVDs or equipment to use at home.
Choose fun activities Running on the treadmill for an hour at a time is boring. You will be less likely to do an exercise if it is dull. Instead, choose activities that are fun. Perhaps your gym has a kickboxing class, or you can go on a scavenger hunt while you exercise outdoors. Choose activities that are enjoyable to you so you remain motivated to continue.
Set a schedule Most things in life only get done according to schedule. If you don’t have a set time to exercise, it probably won’t happen. Try to set a clear time to exercise every day, or at least three times a week. You can choose a time before work, after work, or maybe even on your lunch break. Just make sure to stick to the schedule every week.
Find a friend Exercising with a friend makes you twice as likely to stick with it. Fitness Magazine states that finding an exercise buddy will help you keep on track even when you don’t feel like exercising. Accountability is one of the best ways to stay motivated to exercise.
Set goals Goals can be very motivational. However, if your goal is too large (such as to lose 100 pounds), it will be overwhelming. Try to set weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals. If you do want to lose 100 pounds, try setting a monthly goal of losing 5 pounds or a weekly goal of increasing your weights or distance each week.
Mix it up Doing the same exercise over and over is boring. When you start to get board of a certain exercise, mix it up and try something new. Not only will this keep you engaged, but it will actually benefit your body more.
Give yourself a relaxing treat when finished Are you rewards based? Reward yourself each time you go to the gym. You can treat yourself to something relaxing, like a massage (either professional or in a massage chair), soak in a steam room, or a pedicure. Even a small treat (but not too large!) can help you stay motivated to attend each exercise session.
These motivational tips will make it easy to get back in the game after you have quit exercises. In no time, exercise will be a part of your regular routine and you will face the world as a healthier person.