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!