TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE 

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Think like an athlete instead of a couch potato. Though daunting, this isn't as difficult as you think. Essex, Massachusetts parent April Bowling, 33, quit leveraging her busy life to avoid exercise.

SET A GOAL

The first 5K on the schedule is the most inspiring. Register early and start an exercise program to get fit for race day.“Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and as you progress toward your goal.

SCHEDULE A REGULAR WORKOUT TIME

A few dedicated exercisers do it every morning or late at night when the kids are asleep. Set out an hour a day for self-care in your weekly schedule.The energy boost from exercise prompted Clarksville graduate student Tamira Cole, 24, to exercise consistently. 

THINK FUN AND VARIETY

Humans naturally require variation to stay engaged. We must also enjoy ourselves while working. Do both!Design your workout around a variety of exercise modalities, like a weekly toning and sculpting class or a seasonal trail run. 

REACH OUT TO OTHERS FOR SUPPORT

Bowling thinks some Americans struggle to seek for help. We need support from others to stick to a fitness program."Our family exercises," Bowling says. We consider it essential. Sometimes it replaces watching TV together.”

Engage in a positive self-talk

Discuss your hatred of exercise as if you're talking to someone else. According to a European Journal of Social Psychology study, encouraging yourself in the second person works better.

Discover a different reason to exercise

If you lack desire to exercise, anything unrelated to fitness can motivate you to run or go to the gym. It may be counterintuitive, but it may work. Leaving the house after a long day, listening to a fresh music mix, or shooting pictures of a picturesque running trail can drive you to exercise. 

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