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Five (+ One) Ways to Stay Motivated

April 23rd, 2014

Everyone has their own tricks to stay motivated to keep active, get fit, keep going to the gym, keep running, whatever it is you do to work out. Setting goals and keeping your goals in front of you is a big key, of course. But there are times when you just need something else, some other mental trick to get up off the couch, get in your car and get down to the gym.

I have my own special trick I’ll tack onto the end of this. Let’s take a look at some other great tips from around the web, though.

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Mix Fun with Fitness

“Make it Fun,” says the Mayo Clinic. Great advice: “If you're not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Join a volleyball or softball league.” Something I think about switching over to: “Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes.”

Try different things until you find something you really love doing that keeps you active.

Find a Fitness Community

“Reach out to others for support, “ says gaiam.com. (Well, that’s what fitwithus.com is all about, actually.) They note that in America, some tend to have trouble asking for help, but encouragement from others can be a critical aspect of staying motivated for some people. Create or find your own support group. We’re trying to create one online here that can be part of your network or all you need, to share with others.

Be a cheapskate, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth

The Washingtonian did a post about the difficulties of staying motivated in a cold climate. One of their best points was that once you’ve invested in a gym membership or workout equipment you’d be a fool to throw that money away and not get your money’s worth. I know that the local chain of gyms might get a bad rap for making people commit to one year but I like that as a great motivator.  Think like a cheapskate! Get your money’s worth out of the money you’ve sunk into staying fit. Stay away from the gym and you lose doubly – your waistline grows and wasting money.

Keep a Fitness Card or Log

This is a commitment.  This is another way you can use our site. Keeping an online log is a great way to stay motivated but even if you just keep one for yourself you’ve got that extra motivation to not miss a workout and to push yourself higher.

Put Yourself Out There

Anything you can do to draw attention to the fact that you work out puts it always in the back of your mind and it can become part of your identity.  If you sit at the front in your cycle class, there’s no slacking off for you.  Force yourself to be your best.

If you lose weight and tell people that you’re working out they’ll ask you about it next time they see you. “Still working out?” What are you going to say to that?

Blog about it, tweet about it, make sure you let others know that that’s who you are. You might even motivate others.

There are other ways to stay motivated. Let me know what you think in the comments.

My Secret: Lie to Yourself

There is at least one workout a week that I do not want to get in the car for. “I have work to do…. There’s a game on...” we all know excuses that boil down to “I just don’t feel like it.” My secret? I tell myself a lie: “This time I’ll take it easy.” Okay, I reply. Once I get in the car and head to the gym there’s no turning back of course. Sometimes I even follow through so next time when I tell myself this lie, I will believe myself. Of course, often I end up giving myself a good workout and sometimes I get into it and push myself more than I ever have.

Try it next time you really should go to the gym but you just don’t feel motivated. “I’ll go but I’ll take it easy.” It works every time for me.

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