How to Motivate Yourself for Exercise

Exercise is one of the most essential requirements of the human body, perhaps just as essential as air and food. Without exercise, our bodies are going to wither away eventually. But, it is saddening to see that a lot of people are making excuses to stay away from exercise. They mask their indolence with excuses such as too much work, no good company, too expensive, etc. However, should we not wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late?

If you find yourself making such excuses to keep away from exercising as well, then here are a few ways in which you can motivate yourself.

  1. Get educated on health and fitness. Speak to your doctor about the ill-effects of too much weight, and proper exercise for your current status. For many people, just knowing the perils of lack of exercise could be a significant motivating factor. 
  2. Find a partner for your journey. There is nothing better than a supportive partner in a campaign for weight-loss and exercise. A good partner will support you with motivation, encouragement, and accountability. You will have each other for support on those days when you are feeling vulnerable and/or discouraged.
  3. Look at pictures from when you were younger. You were probably much slimmer and more fit then. Try getting into your old jeans if you still have them. Think of the things you were doing in those times that you cannot do today. Allow these things to encourage you, NOT discourage you!
  4. Think about the results that you will achieve if you lose weight. You will feel more attractive, look years younger, and regain some of the self-esteem you may have lost. More importantly, you will be healthier. You will be able to do things that you cannot do now. Life itself will have a new meaning for you.
  5. When you find a program that works for you, make a weight loss chart for yourself and pin it up where you can see it. Take a “before” picture. On this chart, record your weight, and specific body measurements such as waist, hips, thighs, and upper arms. Update the chart weekly or bi-weekly and when you see the results, you will feel encouraged to continue. Remember that your actual weight is only one component of a healthier life.

These motivators can help you with your fitness and weight loss efforts. If you stay focused and think about the ways in which your life will be enhanced, you may need no other motivator. Reward yourself for the milestones you reach – pounds lost, inches lost, stamina increase – whatever milestones and goals you set for yourself. The reward can be as simple as treating yourself to a “me” day at the spa or buying new clothes that accentuate your progress. Be proud of what you have done, even if it is only a pound or an inch – you have to start somewhere! 

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