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5 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise

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5  Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise

There’s no denying that exercise is good for us. Exercise can help increase our metabolism, boost our energy, keep our cardiovascular system and bones healthy, and help us maintain or lose weight while keeping our muscles strong and toned. It can also improve our immunity, keep us sleeping soundly, and even encourage the body’s release of chemicals called endorphins, which can relieve stress while easing anxiety and pain. And lastly, combined with a proper diet, exercise can help you fit into your favorite pair of jeans again. Not too bad.

A 2018 study from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that almost 80% of adults in the United States aren’t getting enough exercise to stay healthy. Another study in 2009 found that 50% of those who begin an exercise program quit within the first six months. So if the practice is so good for us, why aren’t we doing more? Anyone who’s ever worked out knows how easy it is to find excuses to do anything but. And the longer you put fitness on the back burner, the harder it is to get back into the habit.  

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Undoubtedly, if you stay active, your mind and your body will reap the benefits. But if you’re looking to start getting fit, you’ll need tools to keep you on track (and I’m right there with you). Here are some tips and tricks to help motivate you to start exercising consistently and keep you excited to keep going:

1. Try New Things and Find Activities You Enjoy

With so many ways to get active, there’s no reason not to be able to find something you like. One of the best ways to set yourself up for fitness success is to find styles of exercise or activities that you enjoy. Try walking, biking, hiking, tennis, kayaking, swimming, dancing, kickboxing, karate, yoga, or Pilates. Better yet, please find a few activities you like and rotate them into your schedule to relieve exercise boredom.

You’ll be more likely to keep going if you do. If you don’t know what you’re into, experiment until you find a routine that fits you. And if you like to travel, that can be a perfect time to try new activities as there’s usually something to do. For example, when I travel somewhere tropical, one of my favorite activities is snorkeling, which is super fun and involves lots of swimming. Love what you do, and you’ll never want to quit.

2. Have Seasonal Fun With Your Fitness

New seasons always bring us new opportunities to keep moving. Spring and summer are great for swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, golfing, and gardening. Activities like downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, and sledding are fun ways to burn calories in the winter. Hiking can be great any time of year, and seasonal household chores like shoveling snow, raking leaves, or mowing the lawn provide a great workout without leaving your property.

3. Join a Local Club or Take Group Classes

Once you’ve found an activity you enjoy, joining a local club can be another great way to stay motivated. Not only do clubs usually schedule events that can help keep you on track, but you’ll also be able to meet new friends who share your fitness interests. My area has hiking, cycling, and kayaking clubs, to name a few. If you don’t know what type of activity clubs are available in your area, you can head to meetup.com to find local groups that fit your interests.

4. Take Your Fitness Outdoors

Part of staying motivated to work out is keeping your routine fresh. And getting active outside can give you the change in scenery you need to help keep you motivated. Exercising outdoors can help increase our vitamin D levels while boosting energy. Time spent in nature has also been linked in studies to lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol (our stress hormone) while promoting calmness, positivity, and focus. Best of all, it’s free! Walk your dog, bike, jog through your neighborhood, or take your exercise routine to a local park. You can also find some local trails to hike or bike on. Live near a beach, lake, or river? Swimming and kayaking are also great options to get active outdoors.

5. Find Ways to Stay Accountable

Sometimes it’s easier to skip exercising and eat tacos and ice cream. But you’re much more likely to stay active and reach your fitness goals if you find a way to stay accountable. That can mean finding a buddy to work out with who wants to get fit too, but it may be hard to find someone with the same goals and schedule as you. Your next best option might be to find a trainer. But what if you’re not interested in returning to a gym right now? I get it.

That’s why downloading a fitness app can be a great option. Not only can they help keep you accountable, but they’re convenient no matter what your schedule. For me, using the Future Fitness App has been a game-changer. Available in the Apple store, Future is the most helpful thing that has kept me motivated to stay active, get stronger, and achieve fitness goals I thought were only for Instagram fitness models. It also did what I thought impossible: it has me excited to work out every day. Having a Future is like having a personal trainer in your pocket. Once you sign up, you can choose and work with one of their elite coaches. How did they do it?

My ways are always fresh, mixing Pilates, boxing, yoga, and weight training. But what sets Future apart from other fitness apps is the relationship you build with your coach. They check in with you daily to track your progress and keep you motivated to achieve your fitness goals. After a FaceTime meet and greet with your coach to discuss your goals, they will create a personalized weekly fitness routine for you based on the exercises you like to do. And it’s achieving those goals that will motivate you even further. Plus, even better, you don’t need a gym membership, and you can take it with you anywhere.

Last winter, the thought of exercising for me was torture, but the Future has me working out like never before and loving it. Personal accountability seems to be the thing that’s clicked for me when it comes to staying motivated to exercise, and it might just be for you too. 

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