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Workout motivation
5 reasons to keep going when you want to give up
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014
by Sterling Wise, New Pittsburgh Courier

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If exercise isn't enjoyable for you, finding something active that you like doing is one way to increase your chances of sticking with your workout routine.

Look, I get it. It’s cold, you’re busy and you don’t feel like exercising.

That’s why I’m here to remind you of just how important exercise is and how great it makes you feel afterwards. Yes, even today, especially today.

Use these five reasons to motivate you and help you to stick with your exercise routine so that you can begin your day feeling energized and excited.

Motivator 1: Health

Have you looked at the long list of health benefits that exercise delivers? It’s pretty impressive. Not only does exercise help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, it also helps lower bad cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, while improving the amount of good cholesterol in your body.

Additionally, exercise strengthens your bones and muscles, lowers your risk of cancer, decreases stress, helps you battle depression and even improves your sex life. Need we say more?

Motivator 2: Enjoyment

If exercise hasn’t been enjoyable for you, it’s time to find a way to make it fun. Everyone likes doing things they enjoy. You might hate running but enjoy swimming or riding a bike. Perhaps you don’t like working out alone. Join a team, take a class or find a friend or neighbor to walk with you. Maybe you like your gym, but don’t like the idea and exercising with a crowd. Find out when your local gym is least populated, and hit the weights then. Do what’s most fun for you and you’ll be less likely to stop.

Motivator 3: Increased confidence

If you’re out of shape or overweight, it can take a lot of courage to start an exercise routine. Learn to be confident in who you are, no matter what size or shape. Don’t compare yourself to other people. It’s OK to be inspired by their success, but strive to have your best body—not someone else’s. Stay focused on your goal. Be patient, and don’t expect perfection after just a week of exercise.

Motivator 4: Goal achievement

If you’re just getting started in the world of exercise, or if you’ve simply gotten stale, a good place to start is by setting goals. How much weight would you like to lose? How far would you like to run?

Working towards a goal is a great motivator, but don’t set up for failure by striving after unrealistic goals. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, set realistic milestones. When you reach them, enjoy your accomplishment, and then set new goals to take your good health even further.

Motivator 5: Rewards

Rewards are a great motivator. In fact, much of what you do in life is motivated by a reward of some kind, whether intrinsic or extrinsic. When it comes to exercise, a good reward probably shouldn’t be an ice cream sundae, but it may be that new pair of jeans you’ve been eyeing, or perhaps a night out with friends. Maybe for you, weight loss and lowered blood pressure are reward enough. Just know that your hard work is paying off and deserves to be rewarded.

I would love to help you find the motivation to create a healthier life for yourself and your family. Call or email today and I’ll let you know how simple it is to get started.

Sterling Wise is a certified personal trainer based in Detroit. For more tips, visit his website www.TheWiseDecision.com.



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