5 Ways to stay motivated to exercise

You may have leaped into the new year with the best of exercise intentions but now, weeks later, your motivation to work out has waned and you need a kickstart to keep sweating. With swimsuit season just around the corner, sticking to your fitness plan is essential for losing that pesky winter weight, toning up, and feeling good about your body as you start to bare more skin. Here are five ways you can stay motivated to exercise (as if the upcoming bikini season isn’t enough).
You may have leaped into the new year with the best of exercise intentions but now, weeks later, your motivation to work out has waned and you need a kickstart to keep sweating. With swimsuit season just around the corner, sticking to your fitness plan is essential for losing that pesky winter weight, toning up, and feeling good about your body as you start to bare more skin. Here are five ways you can stay motivated to exercise (as if the upcoming bikini season isn’t enough).

5 Fun fitness motivation tips

1. Move how you like to move

An hour on the elliptical or a grueling spin class every morning at the gym aren’t the only the ways to burn calories and stay fit. If you dread these types of workouts, take up physical activities you actually enjoy. Go on a hike or bike ride, swim laps or do a water fitness class, join a running club or regular dance class — as long as you’re moving and sweating, you’re exercising. Fitness you love is fitness you’ll keep doing.

2. Partner up for fitness

Whether you rally your friends, significant other, neighbor, co-worker or even your kids, working out with someone else will not only keep you accountable to your fitness goals, it will also make your exercise time fun. You’ll get your work out in while also making productive use of your social time, or family time, if you’re working out with a loved one. And don’t overlook your canine pal as a walking or running partner — she needs exercise as much as you do.

3. Take a new fitness approach

Reevaluate your fitness goals and reset them. Striving for weight loss or fitness goals that seem impossible to achieve can make working out seem stale or pointless. You can even keep your same goals, but break them down into increments and set dates for these increments. Having achievable fitness goals and a date for accomplishment can re-up your exercise enthusiasm. If you’re not sure if your fitness goals are realistic, make an appointment with a personal trainer for assistance in goal setting and the right fitness plan to reach them.

4. Exercise for a cause

When making changes in your own body isn’t reason enough to exercise, train to help make beneficial changes in the lives of others. Get involved in running, walking, or biking for a cause. Visit www.teamintraining.org or Susan G Komen’s www.the3day.org. These are non-profit organizations with chapters throughout the nation. You can also join local organizations that are raising funds for good causes through exercise-related events. When you exercise for a cause, every work out takes on new meaning because you are training to help those in need.

5. Mix up your work outs

Doing the same work out routine every week, week after week, is enough to bore the most avid of exerciser. One way to stay motivated to sweat is to change up your exercises so you’re body and mind stay interested in the workouts you’re doing, and another way is to actually change the time of day you dedicate to fitness. If you regularly exercise after work, try working out in the morning, or break your work out time into smaller chunks that you do throughout the day so the thought of facing an entire hour of exercise doesn’t drain you before you even start. The best part about adding variety to your fitness plan is that it will give you even better results — your body loves to get efficient at activities it does on a regular basis. By mixing it up, you’ll keep your body challenged and ultimately increase your fitness level.

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