Safety and Wellness
How Can I Get Motivated to Exercise?
What is the best motivation to use to exercise when a workout buddy is unavailable?
Motivation is key to maintaining a regular exercise schedule — yes, schedule. Exercise can be fun and entertaining, but if you're not keeping a schedule, chances are you aren't doing it consistently enough. A schedule is self-motivating because you'll have that appointment every day and won't want to let yourself down. So figure out a time that works well for you.
Other than keeping that precious workout appointment, the best motivator is having fun. Think of things you enjoy. Exercising doesn't have to be a drag. Instead of being a hamster on a treadmill, get out and get your heart pumping doing something you like. Play frisbee with your dog. Turn up that playlist and dance! If you can't figure out a way to keep motivated, sign up for a class — then you will probably feel obligated and motivated — and you may meet some new workout buddies.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: October 2013
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