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Some Exercise Facts To Help You Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

| October 1, 2014 | 9 Comments

There are many benefits to exercising regularly, such as looking good, feeling sharper, and an improved sex life. But you probably already knew all that. The trouble is getting motivated to start exercising in the first place, and even more challenging, staying motivated to work out regularly.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to inject some exercise enthusiasm into your life.

Create Achievable Goals

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Photo credit: Lorenia / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

One of the biggest motivation killers is unreachable goals. Many people set huge fitness goals for themselves and then within a few weeks of exercising they quickly realize that such achievements will be a little more difficult than they thought.

If you set yourself achievable goals, you will find it easier to stay motivated to hit further targets. Break the large overall target of say, losing 100lbs, into smaller manageable chunks such as lose 10lbs in one month.

Each month your motivation will be boosted with the reward of reaching, or even exceeding, your target. Within 10 months you will have met your overall goal.

Generate a Workout Playlist

Listening to music while working out can improve your motivation and performance according to some studies. This is because “Music listening can be an effective dissociation strategy”. As you listen to the music you lose some perception of effort and body fatigue, which helps you to push yourself harder.

This is why it is a good idea to load your MP3 with your favorite tracks and go into your workouts armed with a super motivating playlist. The ideal songs to include are those that instinctively make you want to boogie, which are generally fast songs with strong beats.

Design a Motivator Diet

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Photo credit: / Foter / CC BY

Poor eating habits can lead to fatigue and a general lack of motivation as well as many health hazards. Exercise routines go hand in hand with good nutrition and when you adapt your diet to include healthier food options, you will naturally start to feel more energized and tuned for exercise.

It can take a little while to find the right nutrition balance, but, in general, you should make an effort to include lots of vegetables such as spinach, fruits such as bananas, and heart healthy oils such as natural coconut oil. In fact, including coconut oil in your diet has a variety of benefits, as detailed in this infographic. 

Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Schedule     

Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. In our increasingly busy daily routines, the first thing to get chopped from the itinerary is the workout. When we consider the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of regular exercise, it is clear that a re-prioritization of the daily schedule is required.

If you make a determined effort to get some exercise every day it will soon become second nature like going to work, eating, or taking a shower. You will most likely have to fight off an avalanche of excuses to begin with, but over time you will find fewer reasons not to work out.

Find Variation to Your Workouts

We humans naturally need variety in order to remain motivated in life. This, of course, applies to our workouts, which can quickly become dull and monotonous. When your routine becomes dull and you are not having fun you will quickly begin to look for excuses to be somewhere else. Exercise can take many different forms; a trail run, Zumba class, tai chi, take your pick and switch things up from time to time. Try running the reverse of your usual running route, or explore a new route altogether. If you always exercise outside, why not try out a new class inside gym for a change.

Half the battle is won if you can keep yourself motivated to exercise regularly and for the long term. It may take a little extra effort, but with a few small changes you will soon become naturally motivated to keep reaching for those fitness goals. On the way, you will be rewarded with such benefits as lower mortality risks, more energy, and the ability to better cope with your other daily routines.

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. Judy Cowan says:

    All great tips! I definitely need to get motivated – think working on a playlist may be the first step!

  2. DARLENE W says:

    It always helps if you do it with a friend

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    Thanks for sharing! I hope to find my motivation!

  4. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I so need to get motivated to do this.

  5. kathy downey says:

    All great tips!Thanks for sharing and giving me something to think about.

  6. kathy downey says:

    I shared these tips with my daughter,sometimes you just need that one little tip to get you moving

  7. kathy downey says:

    I definitely need to get motivated myself….

  8. Maggie C says:

    I started to generate a playlist of youtube exercising videos that I work out on. It’s awesome!

  9. kathy downey says:

    I so need to get motivated this Fall

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