Do you constantly plan to exercise regularly, but somehow never get down to it? Here are some tips to help you get motivated.
Keep a treadmill at home. True, many people invest in treadmills and before long they get delegated to the status of pieces of furniture. However, this doesn't always have to happen. To increase your chances of working out at home, keep your treadmill or exer-cycle in front of the television at home. You're more likely to work out if your exercise equipment is placed close to entertainment, than if it is placed by itself in some desolate corner of your home.
Get membership of a gym close to home or to your place of work. The more you need to commute to reach the gym, the more likely you are to skip a session every now and again. And the last thing you need after a hard day's work is battling traffic to exercise.
On the other hand, if there is a run of the mill gym close to your home, and something truly exceptional and within your budget a little further, consider opting for the second one. Your workout at a luxurious gym will naturally be a better experience, and this in itself will serve as a motivator.
Don't rush out and buy clothes in a larger size every time you gain a little weight. Stick to your old size and work on fitting into them again. In fact, buy something really spectacular in a slightly smaller size, and work on losing enough weight so you fit into it perfectly. Similarly, although you may be tempted to buy clothes that will conceal your excess flesh, opt for some clothes that will show off our bulges. This will force you to come back to reality and see for yourself that you really do have excess fat sitting around in your body that you need to get rid of.
Do all you can to make your workout experience as enjoyable as possible. This in itself is a challenge, but with a little thought and effort, you can do it. You may be more motivated to exercise if you took up a sport. Learning a sport is an enjoyable pursuit in itself, and once you are fairly good at a particular sport, you will enjoy playing it all the more. In addition, you are more likely to exercise regularly if you play a sport that you love, rather than if you keep pushing yourself to go for a jog around the block - especially if you detest jogging.
There are various forms of exercise, and many of us make the mistake of opting for a form of exercise that we really do not like. Any wonder then that we need to push ourselves day after day? Pretty soon our motivation will die out. Don't let this happen. Opt for a form of exercise that you will enjoy. If you like working out at a gym, if you enjoy the atmosphere of loud music, slick equipment and everyone working out together, go for it. On the other hand, you may find lifting weights dreary but enjoy playing tennis or squash. Or, you may find swimming incredibly relaxing. Whatever your preference, try to identify it and base your workout on what you enjoy. You will find that it will be easier for you to be regular.