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One great way for me to stay motivated to exercise is to commit to workout with someone else. Whether it be a friend, my better half, a trainer or someone at my gym.....by committing, it makes me not just blow off working out because I don't want to let the other person down.
There is no better motivation in my book than to see my dog's exuberance when he sees me putting my shoes on for our morning walk. Dogs need exercise, and as their steward you must walk them. Don't cheat the little fella out of his joy by just walking to the fire hydrant at the end of the block.
It's not just exercise - it's a personal victory! Last year, although I hadn't worked out in years, had never rollerbladed, I committed to a 26.8 mile rollerblade marathon in September with my (then) boyfriend and his friends. I was terrified! Hills scared me! I didn't think I could do it!
I love hiking so incorporate a lot of that. Also have found that walking in timed events keeps me challenged. I love wearing a bib and a timer. I'm not in it to win, but to challenge my own time. Works for me.
Whether you workout in a gym or at home, you should create a plan of daily workouts. Start with one week at a time and write down what you're going to do on each day and for how long. If you get extra exercise in, it's a bonus! Also, try to alternate between exercises to avoid getting bored.