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13 Ways to Motivate Yourself To Exercise

There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise and here are some of the top favorites. And trust me, we all have days when we struggle with exercising. Read on for some great motivators!

1. How you feel after a workout. While you may be tired or sore… at the same time, don’t you feel great? It’s a high. Remind yourself of that the next time you don’t want to head to boot camp or go for a run.

2. Time for you. While many people make time to take care of others (kids, spouse, other family, co-workers, boss), they don’t often make time to take care of themselves. Instead, make your “you” time a priority, and don’t miss that exercise appointment.

3. Calories burned. If you count calories (and it’s really one of the most effective ways to lose weight), you know that the more you exercise, the more calories you burn — and the bigger your calorie deficit.

4. Having fun. Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you. We know you love boot camp or you wouldn’t keep coming back. We are ok with a love/hate relationship too 🙂

5. How you’re going to look. Imagine a slimmer, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you.

6. Success stories. Do you find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational? If a fitness website has success stories, you know you always read them. Don’t you want that to be you?

7. Rewards. If you exercise for a few days, give yourself a reward! A week? Another reward. Do it often in the beginning.

8. Fitting into new clothes. Wanna look good in a smaller size? Work out! What a great feeling when your jeans are not so snug anymore!

9. Stress relief. Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference.

10. Time for contemplation. Exercise allows you to get in your head and contemplate things. It may be focusing on the exercise or form you are doing, or contemplating other life issues, but it is valuable time we don’t often have in our busy lives.

11. A 5K race or triathlon. Just sign up for one, and you’ll be motivated to train.

12. Living long enough to see your grandkids … and play with them.

13. Reaching a goal. Set a goal for weight, or your waist measurement, or a number of days to work out, or a number of miles to run this week. Setting and tracking a goal helps motivate you to complete that goal. Make it easily achievable. One step at a time. Be proud of yourself as you reach these goals!

Contributors: zenhabits.com

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