Exercise is great for your health. It boosts your metabolism so you burn more calories and fat. It also helps your body release hormones that improve brain function. It prevents and reduces depression. Exercise boosts your lifespan and improves quality of life.
You’d think with all these benefits it’d be easy to get and stay motivated to exercise. It’s not. It can be really tough to get off the couch. Here are five tips and strategies to make it easier:
1. Find something fun. The truth is if exercise isn’t fun you’re probably not going to do it. Who wants to stop whatever they’re doing and torture themselves? The good news is that there’s an easy fix. Do something fun. There are lots of activities that are both exercise and fun. Make a list of activities you like. For example, do you like to dance? Play football? Box? Swim? Ride your bike? Hike? Find an activity you love and make it part of your daily life.
2. Make it a group effort. It’s easier to get and stay motivated if you have others who are counting on you. For example, if you and a few friends join a gym and go to the gym together. You can hold your friends accountable and vice versa. It’s a great way to get and stay motivated. You can celebrate each other’s successes. You can motivate each other to push yourselves harder.
3. Make it convenient and easy. Which is easier, driving to the gym thirty minutes away or running on a treadmill in your home? Many people are seriously pressed for time and finding a way to squeeze in a trip to the gym can seem impossible. Not to mention not nearly as interesting as going home – particularly after a long day. This is the reason home fitness equipment is such a popular market. Consider home fitness equipment, gaming systems like the Wii for fitness or DVD fitness programs.
4. Track your success. It’s incredibly motivating to set goals for fitness. Tracking your fitness helps you see what you’ve accomplished. For example, if you’re walking and running with a goal of eventually running a 5K race. Tracking how long you run each day will help you achieve your goal. You’ll be able to see what you’ve accomplished and how to plan for the future.
5. Vary your routine. It’s easy to get into an exercise rut. Simply changing your routine and your activity can prevent this from happening. Mix strength training activities with aerobic activities. Take walks. Take fitness classes from time to time. Learn a new sport or try a new fitness program to keep things fresh and interesting.
Exercise is great for you. There’s no reason it has to be difficult. With a few simple steps and some advanced planning you can get and stay motivated to work out.