How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

 

Each year, millions of people solemnly swear at the dawn of the New Year to exercise more and to lead healthier lives. Predictably, these promises fizzle out often about the second week of January if it was even adhered to at all. It certainly is not the aspiration that is lacking when it comes to such intentions.

It is more likely that you are missing out on motivation. After all, to do anything you must first have the inspiration to do it. There are, luckily, several ways to go about motivating yourself. This can include fitness classes or creating an exercise pact with someone you know. There are plenty of options you just need some ideas:

Accountability

When you are not accountable to someone it becomes a lot easier to slack in your duties. The moment you have to report to someone, however, you are a lot more likely to get the job done. This is what joining fitness classes offers you. Here, you have to explain to your instructor or even your classmates as to why you missed a class. When you have to go through the trouble of coming up with a plausible excuse, you are more likely to show up. You will even feel guilty when you do not go and others are expecting you to be there. This tactic is quite effective to ensure that you keep to your exercise plan.

Make It a Contest

Odds are that one of your friends or colleagues would like to get fit as well. You can use this to your advantage by creating a contest out of it. You and your acquaintance can decide on a competition – amount of weight lost or hours of exercise completed, etc. When you have determined the rules of the contest you can then come up with an enviable prize. In addition to a really great prize, you must also come up with a way to penalize any lack of commitment. This a fun and innovative way to ensure you stick to your regi
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Eliminate Weaknesses

It is easy to picture what your ‘new’ body might look like or how you will look in a particular outfit or at the beach. Most people are skilled at creating positive images to urge them to exercise. What they tend to forget, however, is the things that may be holding them back. It is these negative aspects in your life that you need to identify and eliminate. It is only then that you can transform your positive images into reality.

These guidelines will have you getting to your fitness goal in no time at all. You will soon be amazed at the new, improved you.