10 Tips – How to Get Motivated to Exercise

Here are 10 tips on how to get motivated to exercise. We all could use a refresher to keep us going during these long summer days!

  1. Take before photos
  2. Find a picture of yourself when you looked like you’d like to look again – make copies & post all over the place – mirrors, fridge, microwave, car visor, closet door, nightstand, you get the idea. (Be realistic when choosing your ideal weight)
  3. Write down your goals – Pick one goal to focus on for a month, write it down and post it all over the place – see #2
  4. Get a workout buddy – see the blog post on choosing a workout buddy for ideas on choosing your best fit partner
  5. Track your progress – it helps to see how many more push-ups you can do, how much weight you can lift, how many pounds you’ve lost or gained, how many miles you logged this week, etc
  6. Create a food/exercise journal – writing things down makes you more accountable, creates an easy #5, and helps you focus your attention on you.
  7. Prizes! – pick something you really want and give it to yourself after you’ve reached your goal – see the up coming blog post on the Rules of Rewards.
  8. Hang your reward where you’ll see it everyday
  9. Tell someone about your plans – Pick a supportive person to help keep you on track.
  10. Breathe – Take a long breath when you get stressed or overwhelmed by your fitness goal – remember fitness progress is over time. Keep working at it and you will get there.