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How to Maintain Your Workout Motivation All Year Long

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

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Schedule it. One of the best tips for making sure you exercise tomorrow is taking the option out of the equation. Would you miss a scheduled doctor's appointment? How about a date with a friend? Of course not! So don't make it an option to skip your workout. Schedule it in your planner and treat it as you would any other important appointment.

Reward yourself. Sometimes, something as simple as a new pair of running shorts, a 30-minute massage or a relaxing, hot bath can be all the motivation you need. So set up a rewards system for regular workouts that allows you to work toward something you love to do or really want. It can be as simple as working out for 30 minutes three times a week for two weeks, or even giving yourself a small reward after doing that full workout DVD tomorrow. You can even add a dollar to your "workout piggy bank" each time you fit in some exercise. Once that dollar amount adds up, you can cash it in for something you really want! In fact, in a 2009 National Bureau of Economic Research study, researchers found that subjects lost more weight when given financial rewards. Use that research to your benefit!

Work out during your favorite TV show. If you have trouble going to the gym because the television is calling, use that to your advantage! Schedule your gym time while your favorite shows are on, then grab a treadmill, bike or elliptical in front of a TV. You can also squeeze in a lot of strength and flexibility training while you sit on the couch or stand in front of the tube, so be creative!

Find a photo. Is there someone or something that inspires you? If so, find a photo and place it where you'll see it every day. It can be something as simple as a swimsuit you love, a clear blue sky signifying freedom from excess weight, or even a photo of a healthy person you admire. Look at that photo every day when you wake up and before you go to sleep. This act will help you reconnect with the reasons why exercising is important to you—and set you up for success tomorrow. Continued ›
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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
  • Hey, I like my hardcore weightlifting mags. Pictures of good-looking men aside, they have the better and more informed articles then silly 'healthy living' magazines. If I want to check out the latest crop of all-natural makeup and fashion I'll never be able to afford, I'll check them out. If I'm looking for workout advice and motivation I'll stick to my weightlifting magazines. - 7/31/2013 5:06:24 AM
  • 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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