Motivational Tips

Top Six Tips to Keep Yourself Moving!


Starting an exercise routine is hard enough, but staying motivated to keep it up is the hardest part for most people. Regular exercise is essential for good health, and these tips will help keep you on track.

 

1) Don’t Count the Calories Burned

One of the ways to keep exercising is not counting the calories burned or weight lost.  There are more important things transforming in your workout, such as new found self esteem, stress reduction, increase endorphin levels (Happy Hormone), improving memory and cognition and adding longevity to your life to name a few.

2) Hold Yourself Accountable

Hold yourself accountable.  Mark an “X” on your calendar every time you exercise.  Seeing your motivation (or lack thereof) in black and white will help keep you focused on your goal.

3) Exercise With a Friend

Join a club, exercise class, or exercise with a buddy. Statistics inform us that we are more consistent with exercise when we do it with a buddy.  Just knowing someone is waiting for you to exercise helps you to show up and get it done.

4) Challenge Yourself

Sign up for a local 5K walk/run or bike trip.  It will help you stay focused on your exercise goal while accomplishing a new activity.  Not only will you benefit from the exercise; but, from your community involvement too.

5) Reward Yourself

Put a dollar or two in the jar every time you complete a workout.  When you have enough money, treat yourself to a massage, a new CD, new workout clothes, session with a personal trainer, or new piece of sport/exercise equipment.

6) Mood Motivation

Often people will say it’s their mood that either motivates them to exercise or not.  Regardless of your mood prior to exercise—exercise has been known to improve your mood.  If you are feeling tired, exercise will give you more energy. If you are stressed, exercise will help you channel the stress in productive ways leaving you more relaxed after your workout.Get ready for our annual weight-loss competition! If you are frustrated due to failed attempts to lose weight in the past, now is your chance to make a new start for your health.

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