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How to Stay Motivated to Exercise

Updated on May 12, 2013
Find The Right Exercise For You
Find The Right Exercise For You

Exercising on a regular basis isn't always easy to stick to. Changes in weather, work patterns or simply getting out of the habit can make it difficult.

Finding the time, energy or will power means making a conscious effort to get yourself moving.

Find The Right Exercise For You

When it comes to motivation you have to enjoy what you're about to do. So forcing yourself to go out running in the pouring rain when you hate doing it won't make you look forward to doing it next time around.

It is important to find an exercise you really enjoy. Without knowing that, you certainly won't do any.

Get Prepared
Get Prepared

Find a Variety

Sticking to one form of exercise may get quite boring for some, so try different forms and alternate.

Change what you do with the exercise you choose to do as well. If you enjoy cycling, set yourself new routes to challenge yourself. The change in scenery will make it more interesting. If you tend to go to the gym, make use of all the equipment. Sticking to just a couple may get tedious after a while, especially if you struggle to motivate yourself.

Get Sporty

If you find it easy to talk yourself out of exercising, try joining a sports club or team. By participating in weekly games or tournaments you may be less likely to let the side down by cancelling.

Being part of a team will be great for motivation as you have a chance of getting a whole new social life and winning will make you all feel great. You might start getting competitive which will drive you, but don't forget to have fun too.

Find out what clubs or events are available in your area then bite the bullet and go for it. Try soccer, rugby, cricket or netball.

Go Swimming
Go Swimming

Go With a Friend

If you don't want the challenge of being in a big team, try something with just one other person. Try tennis, squash, badminton, golf, or arrange to go swimming together.

A bit of support and encouragement might be enough to get you out of the house.

Work Towards a Goal

One way to stay motivated to exercising is to have something to aim towards. The exercise is your training towards your goal.

You may want to train for an event such as a marathon or triathlon. Or you may want to do a hike or even trek up a mountain!

Make sure you have a date and have yourself booked for the event. You're less likely to back out in that case.

Work out what you will do in the months or weeks beforehand and plan your training. For example, you may plan to do thirty minutes on the treadmill each morning or do an hour workout three times a week.

Set an Example
Set an Example

Wanting to Get Slimmer

Your goal may be to get slim. It may either be for an event or to lose weight in time for the summer. Mark off the weeks on a calender and make a diary of your achievements.

Measure your waist, hips and thighs at the start of your exercise program and update it every two or three weeks. Weigh yourself at that time as well rather than checking your weight everyday. You don't want to become obsessed over it, or feel defeated if you don't lose anything.

Attend Classes

Attend classes at lunchtimes or in the evening with a group of friends as a great pass time you'll really enjoy. Try aerobic or step classes, water aerobics, pilates or dance classes. Or try something different such as learning to belly dance!

Find Your Inspiration

The main benefit from exercise is to get fitter and healthier. We may have noticed the pounds go on slowly, or realised running up the stairs isn't as easy as it once was.Think of the main reasons why you want to motivate.

Having children might be enough of a reason to get fit. You may want to be able to play with them, do sport with them, have a longer life with them and be something for them to look up to. Passing good habits onto them will benefit them too.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All excellent suggestions. Determination is a key in order to stick with it long enough to see results. Great job!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Absolutely billybuc - thank you :)

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      What we hear from people now a days is 'I'm too busy', 'I'm tired', 'there's not enough time in the day' and so on as excuses for not doing regular exercises. I think these are some good motivational tactics to follow an exercise routine. Rated up and useful, shared.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I agree dinkan53, I think being too tired and too busy are the main ones. But if we put aside a small amount of time each week and devote it to exercise we'd soon accept it as part of our life.

      Personally I walk to and from work each day which takes 20 minutes each way, then I do extra exercise at home. I also take my son swimming and take him to the park . I even exercise without realizing I'm doing it - I'm sure I'm not the only one!

      Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Exercise is the most important activity each day. I am sure i don't get enough but i do try. Thank you for sharing..

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      krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

      Working out with friends and in a class are both terrific ideas especially for busy moms. I think it's always important to have a goal as well. Great job Emma. Useful and Up! -K

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi always exploring - we all feel a little guilty from time to time, but a little bit of exercise is much better than none :)

      Hi Krsharp05 - I'm also a busy parent and going to a class is ideal. My son's school do evening classes for the parents which is a good idea.

      Thanks for the vote!

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      carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      yes now a days people usually gives excuses that i'm too busy and all that but one should even take out time to a brisk walk which is very beneficial for the health..............

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Yes carrie, just walking to places rather than jumping in the car is beneficial. If you're not going far then that's a healthier option.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I'll have to sit down and think about this. Only joking! Thank you for an excellent Hub. Exercise without motivation usually becomes no exercise at all. Voted up and useful.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Haha - thanks rfmoran, I have to agree with that one :)

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      markbennis 4 years ago

      Great hub and great advice, perseverance and determination is key but most of all, enjoying doing it just makes you want to do it again and again.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Mark, yes you need determination. Sometimes that can get overlooked among the stresses in life so it's a case of remembering why it is all worth while.

      For me - my personal goal is to make sure I look my best on my wedding day in a few weeks. I count down the weeks and ensure I complete my set goals week by week. Plus it's something to look forward to so I enjoy doing it!

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      markbennis 4 years ago

      Oh congratulations by the way for your special day, with many blessings, Mark.

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      Robin Milton 3 years ago

      Need to implement it..

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