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Exercise Motivation: 7 Sure-fire Tips


So you've begun an exercise program to get in shape and loose weight. Congratulations! You've taken a big step towards making big improvements in your life. However, you may be faced with the challenge of waning enthusiasm for your exercise program after the initial thrill of starting something new wears off. Don't despair! Here are 7 sure-fire tips to keep your exercise flame alive!

1. Make exercising a habit - just like brushing your teeth or eating lunch every day, make your exercise routine an essential part of your life. You may not exercise everyday, but if you train say, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then make these sessions an unbreakable appointment on your calendar. After all, it's no accident that it's referred to as an exercise "routine".

2. Get a workout partner - having someone to train with can keep you on track with your exercise program. It's a bit harder to back out of an exercise session because you just don't feel like it when you know someone is waiting for you.

3. Add a soundtrack to your workouts - invest in a portable radio, CD or MP3 player. Adding music to your workouts can add interest and motivation while your train. Up-tempo music works best, but any kind of music that inspires you is great workout music.

4. Reward yourself - some people need a little bribe to do things they are not ordinarily inclined to do. That's OK, though; we all could use a small treat now and then! Try rewarding yourself with a warm bath after your workout or by watching your favorite TV show. Just be careful with rewards of the edible type - you don't want to sabotage your efforts!

5. View your workouts as a break from work - if you workout during your working day you can look forward to your workout as a break from your desk. A change of scenery and moving around after sitting for long periods is just what the doctor ordered! You will also feel rejuvenated when you return to your desk.

6. Fantasize - when doing cardio exercises, like on an elliptical trainer or treadmill, you can role-play in your mind. Imagine yourself running the Marathon in the Olympics or cross-country skiing through snow-covered woods. It's your fantasy, so go wild!

7. Don't ever forget why you workout! - This is probably the most effective technique for workout motivation. You no doubt started your exercise program in the first place to loose weight, get in shape, or become healthier. Don't loose sight of this reason! Remember it whenever you find yourself tempted to blow off a workout with a weak excuse.

And remember, success breeds even more success. Once you start seeing your waistline slimming down or your stamina increasing you will find yourself even more motivated to jump into your workouts!

Rich Rojas
Elliptical Trainer Reviews and Fitness Ideas
http://www.ellipticalhome.com/article-pages.html


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