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How to Work Out: 11 Ways to Get Into It

Updated on August 25, 2015
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Nalini is on the journey to a healthier and happier life, and writes articles with elements of the mind-body-heart-spirit connection.

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Working out takes some motivation. And initiative. And habit. But to get things going and often to keep things going motivation is often what keeps us going along. Below you will find ways to get started working out or ways to work out and stay motivated. Workout, workout here we come!

1. Work Out With Music

There is a something about working out with music that makes working out so much easier and it is much more motivating. When I hear the music pumping, I follow the rhythm of the music. The music is intense, I am intense. The music has an upbeat, I have an up beat. The music keeps going, I keep going.

2. Keep Breathing

This one is so important. If you keep breathing and keep steady oxygen going, your body will keep going and keep breathing. The moment you stop having a steady processing of oxygen, the moment your body starts having problems working out. When you are tired, when you feel you cannot keep going, remember to inhale and exhale and repeat. Do this throughout your life but also throughout your workout.

3. Think Mind Over Matter: Tell Your Body to Keep Going.

Your mind is one powerful organ. It is the house of all major body processes. It is
the master. In short, your mind rocks. Your body will keep going as long as long as your mind tells it to keep going. The moment your mind so much as thinks that it is ok to stop your body will quit and your legs will probably be the first to give out. If you do not believe this try it. Your workout will be doomed and it will take a lot of work both mental and physical to get you back into your groove to finish your workout.

4. Think Positive Thoughts/Have Positive Self Talk

You would be surprised how many thoughts go through our minds in a day and thoughts going through our mind while we work out are no exception. Think positive thoughts while you work out. “I can do this.” “I am strong.” “I am almost there.” Believe it or not, it helps.

5. Pretend

Working out requires that you exert yourself and it is not always easy to do this, especially when you have already been exerting yourself during your workout and you are getting tired. But you know what can help in the exertion process? Your imagination! Pretend that you are training for the Hunger Games. Pretend that you are Mulan and you are going to defeat the Huns! Imagine that you are in a life or death situation that requires you to keep fighting (vs flighting). Do it!

6. Challenge Yourself (But Know Your Limits)

Working out requires that you challenge yourself. If you do not challenge yourself you will not be getting a workout yet if you overexert yourself you could injure yourself and have problems beyond not being able to work out. Challenge yourself to get the most out of your workout and your body but also listen to your body. It tells you when you need to slow down (but not quit. There is a different between your body saying to slow down and you wanting to quit!).

7. Move Your Body and Use Your Body

When you are working out, chances are that the part or area of your body that you are working out is getting tired and maybe struggling to keep up. When this happens use other parts of your body to support the part of your body that you are working. This does not mean to do things in poor or incorrect form as this can result in injury; this means that other parts of your body often can help out other parts of your body. An example of this is when you are exercising on a treadmill or running and your legs start to get tired, moving your arms in a slight swinging motion will help to give your body some momentum in working out and gives the legs a slight push to keep going.

8. Push Now. Rest Later.

Very few people have all day to dedicate to working out and I doubt that even those people work out all day. But while you are working out it is important to remember that if you push hard in your workout you will be able to rest later. The workout finishes soon enough so pushing hard now will merit the rest later.

9. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

When you feel unmotivated to work out or when you are struggling to keep going, just remember why you are working out and keep that goal in mind. Also, keeping your eyes on the prize in a literal sense means staying focused and not focusing on others. You are there to do your thing. You are not there to compete or outdo someone. The only person you should be worried about or competing with is yourself and the only things you should be focused on are your personal goals and levels of fitness.

Good Workout Reasons:

  • To be healthy/for your health
  • To be fit
  • To be stronger
  • To be more empowered
  • To make the most of your body
  • To be energized
  • To feel more comfortable in your body
  • To increase stamina and endurance
  • To maintain mind-body-spirit balance

10. Work out for the Right Reasons

While it is important to keep your eye on the prize and to keep your goal in mind, it is important to be working out for the right reasons.

Work out because you want to be healthy. Work out because you want your body to work for you and so you work for your body. Work out because it releases endorphins and revs up your metabolism. Work out because you deserve it. Any other reasons will not keep you going long enough and will eventually not serve as motivators.

Benefits of Tracking Your Progress:

  • Accountability to yourself
  • See stages and progressions
  • Notice patterns
  • Sense of accomplishment

Things to Track:

  • Healthy eating
  • Starting weight
  • Weekly weight
  • Exercise
  • Exercise type (speed, circuit, target area, etc.)
  • Changes you have noticed in body, energy, endurance, focus, perspective, etc.

11. Keep Track of Your Progess

Keeping track of your progress is a great way to stay motivated to exercise and work out. As we progress or even as we have set backs, it is important to know how things are coming along and it is unrealistic to think that we will remember it all. Plus, having written documentation of some sort for your progress lets you know that you did not change the information and/or that you did not mis-attribute anything.

It is neat to look at your own progress report and to see where you started, how you have been progressing, and it keeps you motivated to keep progressing!


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