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Motivation to Exercise: Getting it and Keeping it 

April 25, 2018

Motivation is the sole deterrent behind maintaining a good exercise routine. People in your life can encourage you, however personal motivation is what keeps a healthy lifestyle going. With that being said, some days it is hard to be motivated. As a full time student athlete working two jobs while also trying to get involved and be social, I know just how hard it can be to motivate myself to find an hour to go to the gym. However, there are tips and tactics I have adopted to keep me going on the best route possible.

Do something you enjoy

I have learned that there are people in this world who love going to the gym, who crave it. There are people who wake up in the morning and look forward to working out. I am unfortunately not one of them. Nevertheless, I have found certain exercises that I don’t mind, that I have come to enjoy. This is my first tip. Find a type of class, or a certain sport, or a type of exercise that you enjoy. This will make it so much easier to want to go to the gym, or the studio, or the court.

Find a fitness friend

Some people like to work out alone, and some people like the company of a partner at the gym. No matter which you prefer, find a fitness friend that can help keep you accountable. I am the type of person that likes to do my gym routine on my own. However, I like to make a plan with a friend to go to the gym at the same time. Planning to go with someone will decrease your chances of deciding to skip when the time comes. Finding someone to help keep you accountable is so helpful.

Give yourself breaks

It is okay to give yourself a day off from working out. In fact, it is better to plan these days so that you don’t crack under the pressure you put on yourself. If you are someone who only wants to maintain a light fitness plan, then anticipate going to the gym three days a week, and space them out. However, if you want to add fitness into your daily life, plan to give yourself a Sunday off to reset your body. If you try to start too much too fast, you will end up crashing. Make a fitness plan realistic to both your body and your schedule.

Use cheesy motivation tactics

There is no shame in using quotes or pictures to keep you motivated. Fitness is easy to forget about, so plan little reminders in your day to help keep you motivated. I use the app “FitQuote”, and every morning at 7a.m. I have a fitness motivation quote pop up on my home screen. It is simple things like this that remind me that exercising isn’t a quick fix or a month long plan, it is a lifestyle. So set a quote as your phone background, or put up a picture on your mirror- do little things like this to remind yourself of your goals.

Overall, motivation is all about what works for you. Find ways to keep yourself on track, and maintain these tactics. You will only end up thanking yourself in the end.

 Author: Heather Gregory, 502 FIT PASS Ambassador


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