5 tips to staying motivated in exercise



5 Tips to staying interested

Bring a Buddy

Studies show that when you work out with a fitness partner, you are more motivated to your workout routine. With 8 out of 10 people wanting to exercise you shouldnt have a problem finding someone. Pick them up or visa versa, It’s commitment to your buddy that drives you out of bed on those cold mornings.

Just move every day

Exercise does not have to be formal. Run up and down your stairs 10 times a day. Take your dog outside for a jog, or even a quick jaunt, around the neighborhood. Anything that makes your heart beat faster and your body use oxygen more rapidly is a form of cardiovascular exercise.

Those who are physically active tend to live longer, healthier lives. Research shows that moderate physical activity – such as 30 minutes a day of brisk walking – significantly contributes to longevity.

Regular physical activity will provide more health benefits than sporadic, high intensity workouts, so choose exercises you are likely to enjoy and that you can incorporate into your schedule.

(ACSM’s physical activity recommendations for healthy adults, recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (working hard enough to break a sweat, but still able to carry on a conversation) five days per week,or 20 minutes of more vigorous activity three days per week and strength training at least 2 days per week using body weight and progressive  resistance to force like weights for eg.)
Regular exercise can help lower blood pressure, control blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels and build stronger, denser bones., reduces the risk of various cancers, and even enhances your mood.

Have Fun!

You are not alone! There are millions of others who want to exercise on a regular basis, but find it difficult to stay motivated or interested.

The first step to any kind of exercise is your mental state. It is important to remember that you exercise, not to torture yourself, but to make yourself feel good.

Do it for the right reasons

Studies show that people who are “externally motivated” — that is, they hit the gym just to look good at your class reunion — don’t stick with it. Those who are “internally motivated” — meaning they exercise because they love it — are the ones who stay in it for the long run.

Don’t be your own drill sergeant.

Half of all people who start a new exercise program ditch it within the first year. It often happens because they can’t keep up the boot-camp pace they’ve forced on themselves. It’s better to work within your limits, and gradually get stronger.

Users should discontinue participation in any exercise activity that causes pain or discomfort. In such event, medical consultation should be immediately obtained. Come see me at Myotherapy and Massage for all your muscle injury or pain needs.