Workout Strategies to Stay Motivated

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by Kayla Moffett

Although it may seem working out is harder than it looks, the biggest challenge in getting fit is staying motivated.

In reality, the easiest task of all is coming up with excuses NOT to exercise. You've got a full schedule ... You'll feel more motivated tomorrow...You haven't eaten enough today...Your muscles are a bit tight... The list goes on and on and on.

The secret to getting moving is to devise a workout regimen that you don't totally loathe. It doesn't have to be over the top. Maybe it's jogging a half mile every morning instead of sprinting a mile once a week. The key is to integrate to small changes. Why not build a workout that includes less strenuous workouts in the beginning? Begin by tackling molehills instead of mountains.

Planning is also important. Make sure you find the time of day that is best for you. Some people find that waking up an hour or so earlier to exercise gets the task at hand out of the way. Of course, if you're into outdoor workouts and live in a cooler climate, it might be a better idea to wait until the afternoons when the weather is more bearable.

You know your schedule better than anyone else. If you prefer to wind down from work with exercise, hit the gym after you've punched the time clock. Perhaps you're winded after a long day at work. Try making your wake-up call an effective workout regimen that gets you going? Play around with your timing until you find the time that's best for you.