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Jan 26
2011

How to motivate yourself to exercise

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Are you having trouble motivating yourself to work out? exercisDo you often find yourself creating a slue of excuses as to why you should exercise later? Well, by coming up with these excuses you are doing your body an injustice. Just as college freshman learn that they have to take responsibility for themselves when it comes to their duties as a student, we too must learn to take responsibility of our bodies. By coming up with these excuses you aren't hurting anybody but yourself. Thousands, possibly millions, of people in America are also suffering with lack of motivation to exercise, but in actuality it doesn't have to be a dreadful chore. In fact, it can be a highlight of your day, all you have to do is find the right motivators. Try giving these tips a try and see if they help motivate you to get up and work out.

Do something you enjoy

There's nothing worse than doing something you don't want to do or have no interest in. It's a known fact that people who have to do things they don't like normally find it harder to get through that task. So why do the same thing with exercising, because that sure won't motivate you to do it again. Just because you're exercising doesn't mean you have to follow some of the more common ways to get active like using exercise machines. Maybe you like to ride bikes, play tennis, roller blade, run, power walk, play baseball, walk, play soccer, jump rope, do gymnastics, or whatever else you can think of, the options are endless! With all these options chose something that would actually make you want to get up and get moving.

Set goals

Create a target you want to reach, and base your workout on that. Now it's important to remember to set reasonable goals and nothing too over the top. Only you know your body and how much it can handle, so push yourself to your current limit and as you get stronger/faster/healthier/etc. you can push yourself a little more.

Schedule your work out

Make a work out schedule and keep to it. If you miss one day make up for it in another. The point is to make exercising as much a part of your daily activity as going to work.

Get a work out buddy

Partner, running mate, work out buddy, exercise pal call it whatever you want, just get someone to work out with. Exercising with someone will make it seem less of a chore, and you and your partner could work to motivate each other.work out buddy

Reward yourself

With all the effort you put into working out treat yourself by giving yourself a reward like a trip to the spa or a new CD. Just make sure your reward doesn't consist of any food if possible, because treating yourself to a piece of cake kind of diminishes the whole reason why you're working out in the first place.

Remember the benefits of working out

Sometimes you may lose sight of why you're working out in the first place, and may no longer find it as important. That's why you need to remind yourself why you are working out. Remember how you wanted to improve your health, think about your goal, remember that sense of achievement after your last work out. By reinforcing the positives you begin to over shadow the negative, and as a result inspire yourself to continue exercising even more.

Play body motion games

For people who have body motion game systems at home like Wii or Xbox Kinect it's like you have your own personal gym in your home. Unlike most video game systems where you control everything through a remote, here you are the remote! Every movement you make determines what happens in the game. That's what makes these systems great for work outs; they're fun, easy to do, and they keep you moving. Actually the companies that make these systems have developed a series of games designed specifically for working out. They often come with ways to take you weight and BMI, charts to track your progress, systems that develop work out plans best fit for you to reach your set goal, and several more amazing features!

These are just a few ways to get motivated when it comes to exercising. Coming up with excuses not to work out is easy, but getting motivated to work out is easier and definitely more rewarding. As mentioned before, no one but you is going to be affected by not exercising, and by coming up with a bunch of excuses you're only fooling yourself. Exercising doesn't have to be chore, in fact it can be something that you look forward to doing, all you have to do is know how to get yourself started and stay motivated.

 



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Cathy
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written by Cathy, Thursday, 02:46 PM, January 27, 2011
thanks, its very useful to me. you know, I'm so lazy to rarely to do exercises. however, if I can find something interesting when doing exercises, I may be will love this.

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