Monday, November 1, 2010

Tips to Motivate Yourself to Exercise.

We all know that exercise is important for our health. Likewise, we know that there are many benefits to physical activity. For example, it can improve your mood, it helps to relieve stress, and it helps to manage your weight. (Just to name of few) However, sometimes finding the motivation to exercise requires so much energy that you may choose not to exercise. In hopes of motivating myself (and possibly others) I have listed  7 tips that may help motivate myself (and you) to exercise. 

1. Do exercises that you love doing: This is very simple to comprehend. If do exercises that you love to you will do it more readily as oppose to doing an exercise that you don't like doing. Make exercise fun rather than a chore. The more fun you have while exercising the more you will want to do it. 

2. Reward Yourself: If you are finding it hard to exercise, it may help to reward yourself every week or after you have done a certain amount of hours of exercise.

3. Challenge Yourself: I have found that challenging myself helps me to stay focus. I am very competitive so I don't back down from a challenge, especially if I am going to be accountable for my actions. 

4. Read Success Stories:  Reading the success stories is a great motivational tool. It is evidence that weight loss can be achieved. 

5. Think about how you feel after a good work out: I always feel amazing after a good workout. I mean a real workout! One that gets your blood pumping and has you pouring sweat. It is energizing and amazing that along is motivation for me and probably anyone who has experienced the same thing. 

6. Get a reliable workout buddy: I think it is best to workout with someone who is already committed to exercising because that person can help encourage you to workout as well. It is also more fun to workout with someone else because you have someone to take your mind off of your actions.

7. Do a variety of exercises. Doing the same routine over and over can bore you. Boredom leads to exercise avoidance. Find ways to keep your workouts spontaneous, and fun. 


  1. Thanks for the tips and motivation!

  2. These are great tips, Shannie. And ones I needed to read right now as I'm trying to mix up my routines a bit. Thanks!