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6 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

We all know that exercise is essential for feeling and looking healthy but most of us need a little extra nudge to start working out regularly. Here are a few ways to motivate yourself if you’re having trouble meeting your exercise goals!

  1. Use a Visual – Take or find a picture of your favorite food (like cake). Then only allow yourself to eat it after you’ve had a successful workout week. If you managed to work out a little bit, you can allow yourself 1/3 of a slice. If you worked out most of the week you can have 2/3. You can also try watching video ads for fitness brands – they’re usually designed to make you feel like you need to work out that instant!
  2. Find a Partner – This is a tried and true method. As you get older, sometimes it’s hard to make time for friends. This is a great excuse to meet up and get healthy together! It’s also a great way to have someone hold you accountable which makes you much more likely to work out.
  3. Train for Something – It doesn’t have to be a marathon or anything hardcore. You could pick fun events like the color run or an obstacle course that’s not timed. The more fun it is, the better. Sometimes it helps just to have a long-term goal in mind to keep you going.
  4. Use an App – Apps like Zombies, Run! are in a category called “exergaming” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. As you run, you hear a storyline about zombies chasing you, making your run that much more fun and interesting. Regular fitness apps can be useful if you like tracking yourself and hitting miniature goals on a daily or weekly basis.
  5. Sign Up for a Cool Class – Yoga and kickboxing aren’t your only options to work out. Nowadays you have find great deals for cool classes that involve trampolines, silk ropes, pole dancing and even flying trapeze. Make your workout as creative and fun as you like!
  6. Educate Yourself – Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis etc. are all bad, but how much do we actually know? The more we understand about the disease, the better we can take care of ourselves to prevent or at least lower the risks.

If you have any underlying health issues, consult your doctor before starting your exercise routine to make sure that it is safe and beneficial for you. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating and educating patients for over eighteen years. If you have any questions call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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