Getting motivated to exercise

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Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to exercise.  Hard.  What with the winter weather being cold and rainy much of the time, it can be really hard to get up and get going. 

So, here are some practical tips to assist in getting a little exercise more regularly:

1) Set some goals.  Do you want to get in an extra 15 minutes of exercise per day?  You can do it.  Find activities that you like to do.  Do you like to walk?  run?  bike?  Why not set a goal to walk or run a 5k?  Train for a half-marathon? a triathlon?  Decide what it is you want to do, and start setting some goals.  

2) Get a schedule.  If you’re like me, you need to write it down.  If it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done.

3) Get a workout partner, if practical.  It’s good to have someone that counts on you to be there.  Whether it’s weekly Zumba class at the gym, going for a run or walk in the neighborhood, or even lifting weights.  Having that extra nudge to get you out there is good.

4) Keep a bag in your trunk with workout clothes ready to go, so you can stop at the gym for a short workout on the way home… 15-20 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, or the stationary bike, treadmill, or even laps in the pool. 

5) Set reminders for yourself.  If it’s hard to pry yourself from your desk at work, set a reminder for yourself through MS Outlook or your phone at a certain time daily so you can take 15 minutes to walk up the stairs, or around the building to get active.  Most employers will allow a short break during the day to get some fresh air.  If not, utilize a portion of your lunch break. 

6) Decide you are worth it.  If you want to get fit this year, set your mind to do it.   And, research shows that the more people you involve in your goals, the better your chance of achieving success.  Tell your friends.  Tell your family.  

Then, just get on out there and do it.

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7 thoughts on “Getting motivated to exercise

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