How to Stay Motivated to Exercise

Article by Cristal G. Orpilla, RN

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If you ask people what their New Year’s resolution is,  a good majority will say that it’s to be more physically active.  I fall into this category myself,  with the plans of hitting the gym and hoping to do 3 miles a day.  But of course, usually reality gets in the way and the initial motivation wanes,  and I’m lucky if I can get to the gym 3 days in one week.  This year, I wrote down a plan  that would hopefully keep the motivation going and wanted to share!

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1. I will keep setting goals, and writing them down.

I will get rid of the muffin top.  I will  fit my favorite jeans.  I will increase endurance to run longer than 5 minutes.  I will tone my tummy by the time the  beach vacation comes around.

I’ve noticed that however small my goals are,  defining them and writing them down helps me to revisit them. For a goal to be achieved, make sure it’s realistic and you can actually adapt around meeting it. 

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2. I will schedule a regular workout time

Because I work nights, I usually try to scrape some time during the day to run errands and fit in some time for fitness.  Having a specific time-block each day dedicated to something gives it a sense of continuity.

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3. I will think fun and variety

By nature, humans need some variety to keep going. We need to have fun — even while we’re working hard. Do both! I love to run, and I think it’s a great way to stay in shape.  But I also enjoy yoga and bellydance.  Doing these things at different times during the week allows me to keep doing the things I love,  while burning extra calories!

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4. I will Buddy Up!

I’ve found that group workout practices have been rewarding in more than one way.  First it makes actually keep the commitment because no one wants to skip out on a friend.  Second, everyone loves a little friendly competition: seeing my BFF making strides and burning 200 calories in 15 minutes makes me want to hustle a little harder.

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5. I will Reward Myself!

Perhaps there’s the oh-so-sweet little red dress you’ve been eyeing.  Maybe it’s a relaxing massage or facial.  Or even as simple as those cute Baked by Melissa micro cupcakes!  Rewarding yourself for working out can help maintain motivation. While you certainly can reward yourself with treats without working out, the reward feels much better and more deserved after a good workout.

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So let the goal-setting begin and have some fun.  Not only will you set yourself for a lifetime of better health, but you could also find more happiness, energy, and zest for everything else in life.

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Love and Cheers,

Cristal

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Cristal

Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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