Staying Motivated

You know exercise is good for you. Doing it, though, is another thing.

To stick with an exercise routine, you need to get out there when that little voice inside you says, "I'll do that tomorrow. Or the day after….maybe."

Motivation does that, and it's not about just powering through.

1. Lighten Up Your Goals

When you’re starting out or getting back into a fitness regime, make sure you set yourself realistic goals. Don’t go all out and plan to exercise 7 days straight and after day 1 you’re tired and sore and your goal already seems overwhelming. Start out with 3 times a week and schedule it in your calendar so you have a commitment to it.

2. Delete the Guilt

Get real. You're going to miss a day or two. If you accept that there will be some side steps on your fitness journey, you’ll be better prepared mentally to deal with setbacks.

Don’t let a misstep be an excuse for giving up.

3. Find the Fun in It

If you can't get motivated, maybe you're doing the wrong activity. Or you used to like it, and now it's gotten stale. Pick activities you like the most, and they become something to look forward to. Remember, exercise does not have to happen in a gym. Maybe you'd rather go hiking or cycling, do a fun run or walk, or dance.