Tips to help you stay motivated to exercise

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We know that regular exercise benefits our mind, body, and spirit. Sometimes we let our inner voice urge us to forgo the workout, get takeout, and work a few more hours.  

External forces, like a vacation, can't always push you to do something. Getting clear on your "why" for working out will help you feel more committed to your goals.  

Define your ‘why’

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What kind of runner, walker, or CrossFit fanatic are you? Picking a cause to fight for can really help you stay motivated. There are a lot of contests that raise money for causes like  

Pick a cause

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Have a bag with a change of clothes and shoes for working out in your car ("just in case"). Also, be ready with a different workout, like a walking route by work, in case your plans change.  

Always have a backup

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Short on time? No issue. Walk 10 minutes, three times a day. Instead of the evening walk, do squats, pushups, and crunches for a full-body workout. All of these mini-workouts add up quickly and cut into your weekly activity minutes.  

Follow the 3 x 10 rule

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Put positive workout comments on sticky notes. Plaster them on your alarm clock, bathroom mirror, or work computer. They'll remind you to stay healthy.  

Post-it power

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Instead of selfies and frequent check-ins, use social media to track your fitness objectives.Online support, accountability, and healthy competition can help you stick to a fitness plan, according to a study.  

Use social media

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Choose your workout type, duration, and location. Take 10 minutes to arrange your week's activities. According to researchTrusted Source, a daily fitness regimen encourages frequent exercise.  

Schedule it in your calendar

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Can't refuse your favorite show? Use a treadmill or other aerobic equipment, turn on the TV, and watch time fly. Watching only your favorite TV while exercising might become a habit.  

Watch and work out

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Run or event training can motivate you to wake up in the morning. Find a few-month-away event to train for. Sign up and pay the admission fee, then work.  

Set a date

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Challenges exist for everything. The squat, plank, daily exercise, and other challenges continue. The good news? You can join and complete several challenges as there are so many.  

Find a challenge to join

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This method is effective, that much is certain! Try putting on your clothing before going to bed if you find that putting them out at night is not enough to motivate you.  

Sleep in your clothes

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Make time for fitness to motivate yourself to workout. Try one (or two, or three, or even 10!) of these motivational techniques the next time you want to skip a workout.  


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