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Tips to Stay Motivated to Exercise
If you’re like most people, at some point you have probably started a fitness routine and had a difficult time sticking to it. Maybe you got bored, or maybe you weren’t seeing results quick enough. It happens and it is nothing to be ashamed of.
To help you stay motivated to exercise, weight loss surgeon Dr. V. Kuzinkovas of Advanced Surgicare shares his best tips here.
Set a Goal
Setting concrete, realistic goals with clear milestones is an excellent way to stay motivated. And we don’t mean goals like, “Lose 5 kilograms by Christmas.” A more motivational goal is “Run a 5K with a friend next month,” “Wear a bikini on my next vacation” or “Go to five barre classes in 30 days.” Put the goal on your calendar so you can look at it frequently and stay on track.
Do What You Enjoy
Exercise does not have to be dull or tedious. If you find treadmill or elliptical workouts unbearable, think about what you enjoy and would look forward to. Maybe you would prefer a hip hop or ballet dance class, hiking an interesting trail or riding a stationary bike indoors. You do not need to sacrifice fun when working hard!
Journal after Exercising
Journal how you feel after you work out and describe the rush of endorphins that occurs afterward. On days when you feel unmotivated, read through some of your previous entries to remember how amazing you felt!
Invest In Boutique Fitness Classes
Sometimes putting a little bit of money on the line can help you stick to your workout routines. Buy a pack of classes at a boutique fitness studio. You are less likely to skip a workout class if there is a concrete dollar amount attached to each class. (Some studios even charge an extra cancellation fee!)
Use Visual Cues
Hang up motivational quotes or photographs around your home and work. Maybe it’s a photo of a younger you, or an inspirational quote you found on Instagram.
Join Forces with Others
Invite your friends, neighbors or co-workers to join your workouts. The social aspect of working out together can give you the extra boost of motivation you need. Also, you are less likely to cancel if you know someone else is counting on you to show up.