Q: How do I get motivated to exercise, and then stay motivated to continue?
This is the perfect time of year to get started. What better way to enjoy the fall weather than to get out in the area parks and take a walk or run!
Aerobic exercise releases endorphins (the feel good hormones), so you’ll feel great after your activity..
The big challenge seems to be in not getting started, but staying motivated!! In order to keep yourself in the mood to burn, try following these tips:
Set short term goals and reward yourself once you’ve met each one (and preferably not with anything high calorie!!)
Be realistic!! You’re not going to lose 20 pounds in one month or run a marathon. You didn’t put all of that on in one month, so don’t expect to take it all off. It’s been proven that weight loss over a longer period of time, stays off. It also takes approximately six weeks to change your metabolism, build endurance, and actually see results.
Set long term goals and don’t get discouraged if they seem a little longer to reach. A major benefit of exercise is improved health – something that only you can do through a lifetime commitment to better health.
Keep a list of the benefits of exercise. Why are you working out??? Is it to improve your health, tone your body, lose weight, get off medication, or ???? The answer(s) to that question should help you stay focused on your long term goal.
Make it fun!! Choose a variety of exercises that you enjoy. Maybe you like to exercise alone or with a group – whatever you prefer – choose the workouts you will be more likely to stick with.