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7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout

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Tip: The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week. That’s 30 minutes per day, Monday through Friday, or 50 minutes three times a week.

4. Prioritize it. A workout doesn’t have to take a long time, and it’s much easier to keep at it if you block out that time in your week. Put your workout on your calendar and think of it like any other appointment. Try not to skip your workout unless you have a really good reason, like illness or injury.

5. Get a buddy. You know those mornings when you’d rather take a hammer to the alarm clock than get up and go exercise? This is where a buddy is invaluable. It’s much harder to flake on your workout when you know that you’re ruining your buddy’s workout, too. It’s also nice to just have someone to chat with to pass the time while you’re exercising, and you guys can challenge each other.

6. Drink up. No, not booze! Bringing plenty of water can help your stamina while you’re exercising. If you’re doing longer workouts, you might consider investing in a water belt, so you can bring plenty of water with you without having to hold a bottle in your hand.

7. Just go. Don’t feel like going on a five mile run this morning? That’s OK! Often just getting started can help you push through that block. Tell yourself that you’re only going to do one mile. Or three miles. If you just do that much, you’ll be glad you got out there, and if you might just be able to push yourself to do your full workout after all.

What about you guys? Do you have any more tips on how to motivate yourself and jumpstart your workout? Let’s share more healthy inspiration in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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2:44PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Now that I've had my baby, I'm finding that working out and just starting a workout is harder than ever! As much as I keep asking, none of my friends are helping, or are very supportive, either. Reading suggestions from others is a great help right now.

5:19AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

9:09AM PST on Feb 12, 2013


3:45PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thanks for the info

4:39AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

thanks for tips

6:59AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

I find really hard to wake up early :(. Lucky me I have a great partner who helps me a lot and gives me that extra motivation.

11:13AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

The last one is probably one of the best tips you can ever get. Thank you.

5:33AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

For people not used to doing physical exercises, it really needs courage

10:03AM PST on Jan 2, 2013


5:21PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thanks Becky :)

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