Tuesday, October 17, 2006

5 Tips For Staying Motivated

Finding excuses NOT to exercise? Having a hard time dragging yourself to the treadmill? You are not alone! I am going to give you 10 simple tips to help you stay motivated and stick to your exercise program (Don't worry, it is painless and easy to do). Here are 5 tips guaranteed to keep you motivated to move, groove and get fit everyday!

1. Write It Down
Make a note of your weekly fitness activities in your daily planner. When it is part of your schedule, you are more likely to do it.

2. Find A Friend(s)
Working out with a partner (or group) is a great way to stay motivated. When you know that someone else is relying on you to workout with, you are going to do it as you don't want to let them down. There is also great energy and positivity when you are with friends.
3. Visualize the Outcome
On those days that you feel too tired or stressed to exercise, remember how great you felt after you last exercise session and how wonderful it would be to have the feeling again (especially when you are tired and stressed).

4. Set Goals
If you do not have a fitness goals, you may find that there is not motivation to move! Even if you goals are small, once you know what they are, you will be motivated to achieve them!

5. Reward Yourself
Tell yourself whenever you reach a goal (no matter how big or small) you will reward yourself (a long bath, shopping spree) You will feel great and ready to tackle you next challenge.

5. Pay It Forward
Encourage someone else become active, maybe even mentor them. You will feel great and be very motivated to keep it up.

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