Trick Yourself into Finding Motivation to Exercise By Using Psychology
Getting Excited About Exercise
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I fell off the wagon, and now I just can't seem to get back into my exercise routine. How can I get motivated again?
We all fall into exercise ruts once in a while, so here are some creative ways to pull yourself out: Shake it up! You’ve been walking the same route every morning for months, and you wonder why you’re in a rut. Snap out of it with a change of scenery or activity — or maybe both. Either way, it’s time to make a switch. Even if you don't want to make a dramatic change, try running a couple of times a week, then hit the gym to weight-train or take a class on the remaining days. Your rut will be history, and you’ll get fit faster as well (any time your body has to adapt to a new activity or exercise, it burns more calories and builds different muscles).
Buddy up.Studies show that people who pair up with partners are more likely to work out. You don't have to have a partner every time you work out, but try to make a date once or twice a week and see if it works. Most people report that their workouts are more fun and the time goes by in a flash.
Out with the old.Try something new once a month — for example, Pilates or a trampoline class. Be open-minded: You never know what you’ll really enjoy. By trying a new activity each month, you’re bound to find one or two that get you excited.
Join a club.. We’re not talking about a health club, but rather a club for people who take their workouts into the great outdoors. Hiking, trail running, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and rowing are just a few of the choices out there. How about a team sport to bring out that competitive spirit? Working out with a group can help you stay motivated, and new friends can help get your mind off tough training.
And, here, three cardinal rules to remember:
- Keep your gym bag in your car or at work — then you can't use the excuse that you don’t have your sweats or your sneakers!
- Just get started. If you have to, tell yourself you’ll just do 15 minutes — any activity is better than nothing! After 15 minutes, what’s another 5 or 10? And then another 5 or 10? Before you know it, your workout will be over, and you’ll feel so great you did it!
- Don't call it exercise. Working out doesn't have to mean hours spent sweating at the gym. Just be active! The idea is to keep moving.
Video: Getting excited during workout at Gym.
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