Exercise; how to motivate oneself

Quite a number of women always talk about how they want to get into the whole routine of exercising but they never go beyond that. The implementing bit of it is too hard for many of them.

Quite a number of women always talk about how they want to get into the whole routine of exercising but they never go beyond that. The implementing bit of it is too hard for many of them.

However, there are a number of things you can do to help get you started if you fall into that category that’s always only talking about it. Below are some of them.

Make it a Routine: The nature of a routine is that after a while it becomes automatic, or just something you do, which eliminates the need for daily internal pep talks. It becomes a habit just like you know you’re supposed to take a shower every day.

Buy fancy fitness outfit; This is one way of motivating yourself. When you know you have some nice pair of shorts for exercising, vests and designer sneakers, then you can’t wait to put them to good use.

 Set goals: For runners training for a marathon, a regular exercise routine is vital to succeed and is therefore motivating. This can be true for more moderate goals, such as running a mile or increasing the amount of weight you're lifting from five to eight pounds.

 Reward Yourself: Set targets and reward yourself if you achieve them. For instance you can decide that if you’re able to run for at least 25 minutes, then you buy yourself a new dress or go a massage as a reward. You are your own teacher, so give yourself a gold star for a job well done.

 Make it Fun: Exercise doesn't have to be boring. Spice up your treadmill experience by making a playlist of your favorite music, or by downloading a personal training session online. Or forget the gym and turn up the music and let loose in your own living room.

Keep Going: Push through those off weeks when nothing seems to be going your way. Go easy on yourself, but don't give up entirely, even if that means taking a 15-minute walk or going to the gym and sitting in the sauna for 20 minutes; just stay in the game.

Source: Women’s health website

 

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