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9 Trainer-Approved Ways to Stay Motivated When Working Out

posted: 06/06/16
by: Ashley Lauretta
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It can't be sugarcoated: Working out is hard. It is hard to make time with life's demands and choices. It is hard to put physical strain on your body, and it's hard to track your progress every day when change is slow-coming. In reality, it is so much easier not to work out.

So how can you stay motivated when the going gets tough? Kyle Golden, a certified fitness trainer and founder of Work It Personal Training in Austin, Texas, has heard every excuse in the book. Though working out isn't easy, it does come with a huge payoff.

For those who'd rather have a date with Netflix than the treadmill, Golden has 9 simple tips that are guaranteed to help you stay motivated.

1. Find someone fun to work out with and make it a game; challenge each other.

2. Schedule your exercise and block it on your calendar. Look at it as something to look forward to during the workweek.

3. Set a small, attainable goal and reward yourself in a healthy way when you reach it. That may be running a mile continuously or pushing out one more set in the weight room. If you're looking for a reward beyond typically off-limits foods, attractive workout gear is also a great treat.

4. Determine a realistic time for meeting your goal and do self check-ins as that date gets closer. Every time you check-in, you'll be reminded of your goal and why you chose it in the first place.

5. Make a list of why you are working to be more fit and refer back to it regularly.

6. Use an app and wearable device to track your progress and provide encouragement.

7. Don't sabotage your efforts and undo all your hard work by making random, unhealthy choices. It can easily discourage you.

8. Hire a personal trainer to hold you accountable for your exercise and encourage good health habits.

9. Find fitness classes that you enjoy, are convenient and that you know you will make an effort attend.

Of course some of these are easier than others and not all of them will work for you and your routine. You can, however, find one that is the right fit for you. One motivation method didn't work? Move to the next on the list until one sticks! The thing about habits is that you need time to cultivate them. Try a motivational tactic for a few weeks to get it ingrained in your schedule before you decide it doesn't work. The most important thing is to not give up. Even if you have a bad day, you're still trying and that definitely counts for more than you'd think.