treadmillDo you have to drag yourself out of bed to exercise in the morning? Do you think about spending an extra hour at the office just to avoid your workout at the gym? Many people have been in your shoes. But working out and improving your health should not be something to dread! Whether you are seeking the inspiration to start a brand new fitness program, or you have been exercising all of your life and have recently fallen into a rut, here are some ways to bring some motivation and enjoyment to your workouts.

Things You Will Need

1. A positive attitude

2. A desire to improve your health and fitness through exercise


Step 1

Work out during the time of day when you will put in the most effort. Some people are early risers, some are night owls, and others enjoy exercising in the afternoon to break up their day. If you find the time that works best for you, then you are more likely to stick to a routine.

Step 2

Listen to music or an audio book to pass the time if you are working out alone. Your high-intensity cardio workout will be much more fun with some energetic tunes to pump you up. If you don't already have a collection of workout music, you can find a variety of free music and podcasts online. Two examples are djsteveboy.com and fitpod.com.

Step 3

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the fitness activity. If you exercise outdoors, be aware of the weather forecast ahead of time and choose the right clothing and comfortable footwear for working out. Wear several layers of clothing if necessary.

Step 4

Vary your workout routine to include different types of exercise that you enjoy. If you're a runner, for example, you could incorporate some strength training, yoga, or swimming into your fitness program. Working different muscle groups in different ways has great long-term benefits, and you won't feel bored by always performing the same workouts.

Step 5

If you prefer not to exercise alone, recruit a fitness buddy or workout partner to join you. You can hold one another accountable for sticking to the routine, and it feels great to have your own personal cheerleader.

Step 6

Set fitness goals, and reward yourself for reaching them. You can set short-term objectives, such as running ten miles a week, and then long-term goals, like completing a 5K race. Treat yourself to small rewards for each goal reached, and you're sure to stay motivated.
If you maintain a positive attitude about your workouts and follow the suggestions above, you're likely to put in more effort and to achieve noticeable results.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to warm up before any strenuous exercise, and then stretch and cool down afterwards. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a physician if you have questions about your workout routine.