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5 tips to motivate your workout


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By The Edith Sanford team

July 30, 2014

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You know that regular physical activity can reduce your risk of breast cancer. You know that it makes you feel (and look) better. You also know that working up the will to work out is sometimes a job in and of itself.

How can a person turn exercise from a constant chore to a pleasant routine? Here are some of our favorite tips!

Pick something you enjoy

It’s pretty simple: if you hate something, you’ll go out of your way to avoid it. If you detest running, it will be easy to find reasons to skip out on your run.

But if you find something you love — dancing, hiking, climbing, walking, swimming — you’ll make it part of your lifestyle and boost your long-term health. Easy peasy!

Find a time that makes sense

Some people are morning workout people. Some people would rather remove their fingernails with rusty pliers than get up even 10 minutes earlier than absolutely necessary.

If you’re one of the latter, trying to be part of the former group just won’t work. Fit in your exercise at a time that works for your schedule and your personal style.

Don’t make it optional

Don’t tell yourself “I should work out today.” Say “I will work out at 3 pm today” and then do it. Being wishy-washy on whether or not you’ll exercise is a recipe for skipped workouts and stalled progress. Stick to your guns, and your plan.

Reward yourself

Exercise shouldn’t be about pain and suffering. It should be about striving for a healthier you.

When you make progress on that journey you should honor that progress and reward yourself. Whether it’s a simple manicure to celebrate a month of regular workouts or a trip abroad to run a marathon, give yourself credit for your achievements and you’ll want to keep succeeding.

Focus on the positive

It can be easy to develop a bad attitude when you’re focused on the negative aspects of exercise — sweat, effort, time, etc.

Instead of thinking of how many miles you have left to go, reflect on all the headway you’ve made. Instead of being frustrated by your lack of speed, congratulate yourself on your slow and steady progress. A bad attitude may eventually lead to you permitting yourself to quit. Stay positive and keep moving forward.
 
It’s easy to start a workout routine, but keeping that initial momentum going and turning it into lasting change takes real effort. With planning and perseverance, you can make sure the next start is the last one.

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