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Staying Motivated to Exercise

Updated on August 30, 2016

Know you can do it!

One of the best things about staying motivated is that you know that you can do it without hesitation. If you are trying to lose weight or even maintain you just have to make sure that you give yourself credit for the work that you have put in already. You have to believe that you can overcome any obstacle and stick to your exercise plan.

Keep a Journal

You would want to make sure that you keep a nice workout journal when it comes to exercises and food. This will help you know what you need to eat and how many calories to take in if you are wanting to count your calories. A journal is nice to have so that you can see your progress and know how you are doing within a given week. Once you start you may want to keep going so this is a great motivator to keep you on the right track.

Do what you love.

If you are not a runner than make sure that you dance or do something that you love doing. You can lose weight doing pilates, yoga and even lifting weights. You are not bound to one exercise or one exercise series. If you know that you will do better dancing then take a Zumba class or get online and follow a youtube fitness dance video for your workouts, but make sure that you mix everything up so that your body won't get used to the same routine.

Grab a Partner

You can even grab a partner if you are not willing to workout alone. A partner will help you stay motivated and you both may be on the right track to losing or maintaining your weights. You can both keep in touch and even workout together. If you don't have anyone near you then do an online workout buddy so that you can both talk through chat and keep each other motivated.

Do it for you

One thing that you would want to do is make sure that you are doing all of this for you. When you want to stay motivated you just have to remind yourself that you are working out for you and you only. Yes, you want to look good for your partner but make sure that the majority of the exercises you are doing is for you so that you won't be doing it as a chore. Keep a few notes around the house or even get a nice bathing suit for the summer that you want to see yourself in because this will keep you motivated.

Final Thought

When it comes to motivation there are a lot of different things that you can do in order to stay motivated. You have to make sure that you keep a nice journal of your events and even talk to someone that is on the same journey as you. Remember that we are all on a different journey and progress may not go fast like someone else's so don't compare your routine to your friends or family. You are in this for you and you want to ensure that you are healthy so make sure that you do everything you can to stay motivated and on track but we all are human and we can get discouraged when the scale does not move. One piece of advice forget the scale and worry about how your clothes fit.

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