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Top Tips To Keep You Motivated To Work Out

Top Tips To Keep You Motivated To Work Out

Some days, it is too easy to stay at home and forego working out. However, if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you have to exercise regularly.

To keep yourself on track, you may need help from time to time. If you find yourself slacking or sitting at home more times than you are hitting the gym, then you could benefit from some tips to kick your motivation into high gear:

  • Strike up some competition
  • Trade the routine for fun
  • Try weight loss shots
  • Set a goal
  • Create a reward system

Strike Up Some Competition

NBC News suggests that you get into a competitive spirt and create a challenge against a worthy opponent. The idea of trying to beat someone else can be quite motivating. It also breaks up the monotony of your usual routine.

While you certainly can throw down a challenge to someone in your gym or a workout buddy, you can also create a competition that just you know about. For example, you may challenge yourself to lift more than your friend.

Whether it is formal or just an inside deal with yourself, setting up a competition gives you something to work towards and holds you accountable. It feeds that side of your psyche that wants to win, which can keep you moving even when you don't want to.

Trade the Routine for Fun

Sometimes the same old workout just doesn't cut it anymore. When you get the feeling that you cannot stand one more workout in the same gym with the routine, then it's time for a change.

Trade your normal gym workout for something fun. Exercise does not have to be boring. You can get exercise in many ways, so choose something you love to do that will also get you to be active.

You can play at the park with your dog, go hiking in the woods with a friend, or spend a fun night cutting a rug on the dance floor. Mixing things up can help you to escape from the dull routine that makes you want to just stay at home.

Try Weight Loss Shots

Weight loss shots can offer a nice energy boost that can get your butt moving. There are two main types of them, but the one that claims it will help give you more energy and motivation is the B12 shot.

Medical News Today suggests that you get these injections at health clinics that have a doctor on staff. You'll receive the shot in your upper arm, stomach, or upper thigh as it needs to go into a fatty area.

These shots are an attractive alternative to diet pills that many people use for an energy boost. They have little known side effects and are generally safe since they are a simple vitamin injection.

Set a Goal

Setting a goal can motivate you because it gives you an end goal. When you are working towards nothing, it can make it feel overwhelming.

You can set short-term or long-term goals, small or big. You don't have to focus on anything specific either. You can set goals for weight loss or physical achievements. You can also set goals that keep you going to the gym, such as a goal to go to the gym at least four times a week.

Create a Reward System

When you can earn something for working it, it can make it much easier to make yourself do it. Consider what would happen if you no longer earned money from going to work. The chances are good that you would stop going. This is the same situation. You may feel like you are not getting anything from working out. 

"Pay" yourself to exercise. Rewards can be anything you want. If you are following a strict diet, then a reward could be a cheat meal. Perhaps you would enjoy a reward of a new outfit or a night out with your significant other. Set the reward as whatever makes you the most excited.

Don't forget to set the terms for earning the reward. You will have to decide what you must do to earn each one. It's a good idea to set the requirements as something equal to the reward. For example, if you want to earn a trip to Hawaii, then the terms of that reward should be pretty intense because it is a big reward.

Staying Motivated

Keeping up the motivation to work out is something many people struggle with. Sometimes you have to be creative to outsmart yourself and make sure you get to every workout.

Things can get boring, so you need to liven them up by setting challenges, getting weight loss shots, or rewarding yourself. Think outside of the box for ways to make yourself want to work out, and you should never have trouble finding motivation again.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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