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Ways to Motivate Yourself To Exercise!

2 of 2 Two delightful girls smiling - Runners at 1st Annual Rock 2 Rock 5 Mile Fun Runphoto © 2008 Mike Baird | more info (via: Wylio)This time of year can be tough. Between holidays, family demands, and end of the year work projects, exercise may be the last thing on your list of things to do. So how do you stay focused? Take a gander at this quick list of reasons to just get up and make it to a class, a camp, or the gym.

  1. How you feel after a workout. If you are cranky, stressed, tired, or moody, a workout is a natural high. It may not leave you bouncing through the room with smiles, but it always makes you feel better.
  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, 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. And even if it makes you sore or tired, you know you still are having some fun because you keep going back! As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you.
  5. How you’re going to look. Imagine a slimmer, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you.
  6. Magazines. It motivates me to read fitness magazines. Sometimes just reading through so much motivational material helps you change your mindset.
  7. Success stories. I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational. If a fitness website has success stories, I’ll almost always read them.
  8. Fitting into new clothes. Wanna look good in a smaller size? Work out!
  9. Being attractive. That’s always a good motivator. You feel more attractive the more you workout!
  10. Stress relief. Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference.
  11. Time for contemplation. I love, love the quiet time of exercise for thinking about things.
  12. A workout partner. Making friends at class? Doing the holiday endurance challenge? Sometimes just knowing that a friend is looking out for you to show up is all the motivation you need!
  13. A coach or trainer. Having a trainer dedicated to paying attention to your form is worth the money a million times over than a monthly gym bill.
  14. An exercise log/graph. For some reason, writing it down is extremely important. Really. Do it for a week and you’ll see what I mean.
  15. Your before picture. You often don’t realize how far you’ve come. Take pictures.
  16. A 5K race or triathlon. Just sign up for one, and you’ll be motivated to train.
  17. The dread of feeling “yuck” from not exercising. I hate how I feel after not exercising. So I remind myself of that when I feel tired. It’s amazing how quickly I can slip into being lazy and lethargic.
  18. Living long enough to see your grandkids … and play with them.
  19. The scale. It’s not motivating to weigh yourself every day, as your weight fluctuates. But if you weigh yourself once a week, you’ll be motivated to have it keep going down, instead of up. Combine the scale with the measuring tape, and measure your waist.
  20. 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.
  21. Posting it on your blog. Tell people you’re going to lose weight or exercise daily, and report to them. You’ll make it happen.
  22. Motivational quotes. I like to print them out or put them on my computer desktop.
  23. Books. I just bought a strength-training book as a reward. It makes me want to hit the weights!
  24. Others commenting on how good you look. When someone notices the changes in your body, it feels good. And it makes you want to work out more.
  25. An upcoming day at the beach, or a reunion. Any goal in the future that you would like to work towards.

Sources: Leo Babauta

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