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How to Maintain Your Workout Motivation All Year Long

12 Tips to Keep Moving Today, Tomorrow--and Beyond!

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  • KEEPFIT2013
    Thanks for all the great tips. I found that buying a longer gym membership has really helped me. Not only is it cheaper to commit to a 6 month membership by about $25/month, it also allows me unlimited access to any of the classes. But they are popular and you have to sign up early which forces me to commit. Then,the best part is their policy around cancellations...if you cancel any less than 2 hours before the class or are a 'no show', they take a day off your membership. That's incentive enough for me! I am usually game all day for a class but start losing my motivation closer to the start time....but not anymore. Can't stand the thought of losing a day off my membership so I always show!! - 1/25/2015 10:56:56 PM
  • I think it'd be easier if my problem was "I'm sitting on the couch watching reality tv rather than working out." But the problem is much more often "I'm helping the kids with homework, buying groceries, cleaning the bathrooms, getting work done for a client, going to rehearsals for a play I'm directing, or falling over from having had only 5 hours of sleep for the last three nights in a row!"

    I keep wondering whether I should reprioritize my life, and then decide "no, my kids, clients, and personal avocations really SHOULD come before a scheduled kickboxing class..." Makes it tricky! The best solution I've seen is a person I know who decided to make Zumba her second job! - 12/30/2014 7:52:40 AM
  • CHARLOTTEW2014
    Reading these tips is a great way to start the day.
    I feel positive and up for the challenge - 12/30/2014 2:36:40 AM
  • i feel like am going 2 steps forward and 5 steps back, i lose 2 kilos and add up 3 -4kilos, here in africa our dishes are not easy to calculate calories.someone help, i wnt to cut down so bad, but i guess my will power can't even carry me along.HELP SOMEONE - 11/3/2013 3:29:13 PM
  • Hey, I like my hardcore weightlifting mags. Pictures of good-looking men aside, they have the better and more informed articles then silly 'healthy living' magazines. If I want to check out the latest crop of all-natural makeup and fashion I'll never be able to afford, I'll check them out. If I'm looking for workout advice and motivation I'll stick to my weightlifting magazines. - 7/31/2013 5:06:24 AM
  • I recently signed up for a half marathon. I found a great training program and now I regularly run 5 days a week gradually increasing the distance etc. Being committed to an event like this surely keeps me exercising regularly. Great article, thanks! - 5/8/2013 3:40:37 PM
  • Great suggestions! This time of year, I am all about fitness, loving to be outside and moving, trying different activities... enjoying the sunshine. However, winter is a killer for me.
    The dark days make it seem like the day is over by the time supper is finished, and I hate being cold!!! The last 2 winters I have packed on 10-12 pounds, having to battle them off again in the spring.
    I guess I really need to get a plan in place for how to stay active through the winter next year! - 5/8/2013 7:46:22 AM
  • Awesome article.
    . - 5/8/2013 7:03:23 AM
  • BLUEFAIRYTALE
    Terrific article! Lots of great tips, I didn't know that about peppermints. - 10/25/2012 10:38:56 PM
  • Thanks, I needed that! - 2/13/2011 1:26:38 AM
  • i can relate to so many of these!

    "pump up the tunes" : i do zumba, and we usually do the same songs at every class, and i've really grown to love them. so i downloaded them all and put them on my mp3 player... i listen to them in the car all week and i look SO forward to my classes because of it!!! also, sometimes i just put the songs on my stereo and do the zumba dances at home! :-D

    "schedule it" : i find the exercise classes i'm interested in that take place before or after my regular classes (i'm a college student and my gym is on-campus), and as i plan my day, i plan to go to these just as i plan to go to the classes i'm being graded in. if i skip a class i feel like i'm playing hookie!

    "look at yourself in the mirror" : i used to avoid mirrors, but since i started working out regularly, my self-image has improved astronomically... i still have my insecurities, but now when i look in the mirror i often think to myself (or even say out loud), "damn, i'm HOT!" and i feel proud of how strong my body is becoming.

    WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE!!!! - 1/12/2011 12:05:27 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    Get this hardwired into your daily routine, eat healthfully, and you will not - in fact, you CANnot - fail! Worth every ounce of our effort, believe me. - 1/11/2011 7:52:58 PM
  • Part of "getting dressed": For a while now I've been sleeping in my exercise clothes! They are as comfortable as PJs, & when I get up all I have to add is socks & shoes. This really helps me stay on track! - 1/11/2011 12:07:17 PM

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