1. Commit to consistency
Make a commitment to sticking with your plan. If you find yourself not able to meet your goals, change them so they’re easier.
2. Take baby steps
Don’t expect to turn into Superman overnight. Make achievable goals and stick with them. For some, walking for 15 minutes for three days a week at lunch might be a good way to take the exercise plunge.
3. Pick an exercise that’s fun
Not all exercise happens in the gym. Like to climb rocks? Shoot hoops? Swing the bat? Start with the things you enjoy and work your way up.
4. Bring a friend, make it competitive
Having a workout partner is one of the most effective ways to be accountable and make your workout fun. Making it a competition is also great for motivation.
5. Join a sports team
Even better than one friend is a group of friends. Sports teams are a fantastic way to get a few weekly workouts.
6. Get into music, podcasts and audiobooks
If your schedule isn’t conducive to group activities, your iPod can help. Put together an inspiring workout mix, download some of your favorite podcasts and audiobooks and whistle while you work.
You know what takes a lot of energy? Puppies! Walking a dog provides a great excuse to get out and exercise and take your best friend with you.
8. Caffeine charge
Sometimes a long day can make an evening workout seem impossibly difficult. At times like these, caffeine can help. After about half an hour you’ll need to workout to burn off that extra energy.
9. Get some nice workout clothes, shoes and mp3 player
How could you let those new purchases go to waste? Sometimes it’s the little things that help the most.
10. Reward yourself
Doing something consistently is an accomplishment, even if your actual task seems small and insignificant. If you’ve been exercising regularly, don’t forget to treat yourself for a job well done.
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