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4 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

Update Date: Sep 05, 2014 02:31 PM EDT
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Starting an exercise routine and sticking to it can be difficult for many people. There are many different methods that people can turn to when they first start working out. However, not all techniques are effective. Here are four ways to stay motivated to exercise that have been backed by science.

1. Reward Yourself

Sometimes goals, such as better health, might be too abstract. When people do not see huge drastic changes in their physicals, they might not be motivated to continue to work out. Instead of relying only on these vague goals, people could turn to more tangible ones, such as a reward. A reward system, which would be unique to each individual, can help push the mind and body to keep up the hard work.

2. Sign a Contract

We all know that a gym contract might not be enough to keep us motivated to work out. Instead of spending a lot of money for a gym membership, people can consider signing a contract with a family member or friend. For example, a contract can state that for every class you decide to skip, you have to pay your friend a certain amount of money. By making the contract more personable, people would be less likely to try to get out of it.

3. Rethink Positive Thinking

For some people, changing perspective can help. When it comes to exercising, viewing it as a hard and necessary task can be discouraging after a while. Instead, if people viewed exercising as something they want to do, they might have a better time working out. Furthermore, using positive thinking can help motivate as well. For example, right before a run, list all the good things about running outside, such as getting enough sunlight.

4. Get Paid

Sometimes paying people is the easiest way to motivate. If you can find someone to pay you for exercising, try out this method. Studies have found that with the right cash incentive, people can develop an exercise routine that they will stick to.

When it comes to exercising, it is important to listen to your body and do what feels right.

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