Music, please – fill your iPod, MP3 player, or walkman (don’t laugh – I was still using one just a few years ago) with motivating music that gets you moving. I like rock – some of my (newer) favorites are Vampire Weekend, The Hives and Sloan - older faves include U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Van Halen.
Set a goal – This is embarrassing, but I’ll tell you anyway. In the early 2000’s, when leather pants were hot, I wanted to get a pair but wouldn’t until I reached a certain goal weight/size. I called my quest “project leather pants” and came up with a whole plan to get me there - eating clean, running on a regular schedule and working out at the gym. After a few months of my project, I succeeded and bought the pants.
Find a partner – Working out with a friend always helps get me motivated.
Just do it – The hardest part about working out is getting yourself to the gym, or pressing play on your DVD player or outside. When I was in training for my events, I decided that I would work out first thing in the morning. Each night I laid out my workout clothes so that they would be the first thing I saw in the morning. As soon as the alarm went off, I’d roll out of bed and put on my clothes. Once I was out the door, it was easy to get started.
The more you keep these motivation tips, exercising easily becomes a habit. So don’t wait for tomorrow. Start motivating yourself to exercise today!