Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

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UPDATED: Aug 6, 2020

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If you have to drag yourself to exercise, then you’re doing it wrong. We all know exercise is essential to our health. But the biggest problem is getting ourselves into action mode rather than merely talking about it. If the health benefits of exercise are not enough to motivate you, would saving money help? That’s right — dropping extra weight and boosting your overall health could save you money on your term life insurance!

Below are several tips to get you working out and sticking to it. Trust us — your body and wallet will both benefit!

Fit Your Lifestyle

Weave exercise into your everyday lifestyle. Don’t sign up with a gym 30 minutes away from your home or office. If you do chances are you won’t go because getting there in itself is a chore. To make it work for you, you have to make exercise part of your daily routine. If you have a sports club at your workplace, you can go there during lunchtime or after work. Or sign up with a gym nearby your home. Or bike to and from work. The bottom line is you want to make your exercise routine.

Health Benefits

Think of the benefits you will get from exercising. Looking good is a goal for a lot of people. When you think of how good you’ll look with a toned body, you won’t have problems getting yourself out the door for your workout. And when you exercise you feel better. You alleviate stress and have endorphins pumping through your body.

Consider how rejuvenated and alert you will feel after your workout and this should be motivation enough to get you to the gym. Another thing to think about is how much exercising today will benefit your health tomorrow. You may not require any further motivation than thinking about how much good health can improve your way of living in the future. These benefits should inspire you to get off the couch and into a pair running shoes.

Partner Up

Find a workout buddy as committed as you are. Better still, look for someone who’s more committed than you. He or she can whip you into shape if you lag behind or your attendance dwindles. And let them know they can expect the same from you. Knowing you have someone counting on you makes it that much harder to bail on your exercise plan. It also makes working out a social event and more fun to attend. Either way you spin it, two people end up happier and healthier than they would have without the other.

Love What You Do

Choose an exercise you love to do. People’s workout plans often fail because they take up something they don’t like in the first place and give it up shortly after. If you love yoga, then take up yoga classes. If you love pumping iron, go to a gym. If you have yet to find a form of exercise you are passionate about, try something new!

There are all sorts of fun ways to shed pounds. Look no further than our blog, Dance: A Fun Way To Get Fit for further proof of this.  It doesn’t matter what form of exercise you choose as long as you are doing something you love, and you are sticking to it.

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