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How To Motivate Yourself To Exercise

Posted Aug 17 2009 10:11pm

2womenexercising_mikebaird_sm Many times, you’ve thought about exercising regularly. However, you can’t keep up with it. For a lot of reasons and alibis, you fail to follow your daily exercise program.

You are not alone. Many people out there have also experienced the same thing. But there is something you can do to exercise at any time.

You need to have motivation.

Delicious Life tells us how to get motivated to exercise at any time.

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!

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