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Motivation to Work Out All Year Long

12 Tips to Keep Moving Today, Tomorrow--and Beyond!

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
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When you first start a new fitness routine, you are energized and your motivation levels are at an all-time high. But over time, that motivation begins to wane and what used to seem easy to do (popping in that workout DVD, heading out for a walk or getting to the gym) is now like pulling teeth. Can you relate?

While eating right and cutting excess calories can help you lose weight, working out is an integral part to making sure that you maintain lean muscle mass, flood your body with those important feel-good endorphins, and improve your overall cardiovascular health. Regular exercise can also  help you lose weight since it burns calories and fat.

So, if you're thinking of skipping a few workouts—don't! Just follow these motivational tips to keep your body moving today, tomorrow, next month—and beyond!

Motivation Tips to Work Out Today
Get dressed. Sometimes the simple act of putting on your workout clothes and running shoes is the best remedy to change your mind from "I want to lie around and watch TV" to "I'm psyched to hit the gym!" Think of athletes getting ready for a big event, or a successful businessperson getting ready for an important meeting. They dress for success, wearing the appropriate clothing to get in the mindset. While every workout may not be a life-changing experience, borrow this idea for motivation. As soon as the workout clothes go on, your mind should go into exercise mode. And if you've just come home from a long day at work, kicking off your dress shoes and putting on your running shoes can put some serious pep in your step!

Brush your teeth. Although researchers aren't sure why, peppermint seems to have an energizing, wake-up effect on most of us. If you're having problems getting up and going for your morning walk, just pop a small piece of peppermint or brush your teeth! This will waken up the senses and get you feeling energized in no time. It's also been hypothesized that peppermint can combat cravings, so when you combine regular workouts with fewer cravings, it's a win-win!

Do 20 jumping jacks. The hardest part of getting started in a workout is, well, getting started! So instead of setting a daunting goal of a 60-minute cardio session, start small. Promise yourself that you just have to do five or 10 minutes. Or, start off with something easy and manageable such as 20 jumping jacks. Once you get going, you'll forget why it was so hard to get started in the first place.

Pump up the jams. When you're in the mood to exercise, playing a pump-you-up song can do wonders to change your mindset! In fact, a study by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity found that women are more likely to stick to an exercise program if they listen to music while working out—especially if they like the music. But don't just listen to music during your workouts—listen before you exercise to reap the energizing benefits. Play your favorite tracks while you're getting ready or driving to the gym. It will get you pumped! Continued ›
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About The Author

Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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  • i feel like am going 2 steps forward and 5 steps back, i lose 2 kilos and add up 3 -4kilos, here in africa our dishes are not easy to calculate calories.someone help, i wnt to cut down so bad, but i guess my will power can't even carry me along.HELP SOMEONE - 11/3/2013 3:29:13 PM
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  • I recently signed up for a half marathon. I found a great training program and now I regularly run 5 days a week gradually increasing the distance etc. Being committed to an event like this surely keeps me exercising regularly. Great article, thanks! - 5/8/2013 3:40:37 PM
  • Great suggestions! This time of year, I am all about fitness, loving to be outside and moving, trying different activities... enjoying the sunshine. However, winter is a killer for me.
    The dark days make it seem like the day is over by the time supper is finished, and I hate being cold!!! The last 2 winters I have packed on 10-12 pounds, having to battle them off again in the spring.
    I guess I really need to get a plan in place for how to stay active through the winter next year! - 5/8/2013 7:46:22 AM
  • Awesome article.
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  • BLUEFAIRYTALE
    Terrific article! Lots of great tips, I didn't know that about peppermints. - 10/25/2012 10:38:56 PM
  • Thanks, I needed that! - 2/13/2011 1:26:38 AM
  • i can relate to so many of these!

    "pump up the tunes" : i do zumba, and we usually do the same songs at every class, and i've really grown to love them. so i downloaded them all and put them on my mp3 player... i listen to them in the car all week and i look SO forward to my classes because of it!!! also, sometimes i just put the songs on my stereo and do the zumba dances at home! :-D

    "schedule it" : i find the exercise classes i'm interested in that take place before or after my regular classes (i'm a college student and my gym is on-campus), and as i plan my day, i plan to go to these just as i plan to go to the classes i'm being graded in. if i skip a class i feel like i'm playing hookie!

    "look at yourself in the mirror" : i used to avoid mirrors, but since i started working out regularly, my self-image has improved astronomically... i still have my insecurities, but now when i look in the mirror i often think to myself (or even say out loud), "damn, i'm HOT!" and i feel proud of how strong my body is becoming.

    WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE!!!! - 1/12/2011 12:05:27 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    Get this hardwired into your daily routine, eat healthfully, and you will not - in fact, you CANnot - fail! Worth every ounce of our effort, believe me. - 1/11/2011 7:52:58 PM
  • Part of "getting dressed": For a while now I've been sleeping in my exercise clothes! They are as comfortable as PJs, & when I get up all I have to add is socks & shoes. This really helps me stay on track! - 1/11/2011 12:07:17 PM
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