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How to Motivate to Exercise

Your Advice: How to Motivate to Exercise

If the chilly weather has put a damper on your get-up-and-go in the exercise department, don't worry. Your fellow FitSugar readers are here to offer some suggestions on how to motivate you to get back to moving.

  • Leilanic1 says, "I go home straight from work and change immediately and leave without even sitting down. I know that as soon as I sit or turn on the TV it's over. Same thing on the weekends, when I get up I get immediately into my workout clothes and leave as soon as I can. Plus I have met a lot of friends at the gym and knowing they will be there helps me to get there too. Don't want to let them down."
  • Spectra says, "I sleep in my sports bra and have my workout clothes ready in the bathroom. As soon as my alarm goes off, I go down to pee and my clothes are right there. I change into my clothes and I'm ready to go. Sometimes it's hard to drag myself out of bed, but when I remind myself of how awesome I'll feel when I'm done, it's a lot easier to get up and just do it."
  • "One of my friends recently revealed that she sleeps in her workout gear so she doesn't have any excuses not to exercise in the a.m." — judiesjuice
  • "I put workouts in my Google calendar and set alerts so a reminder pops up a few hours before when I'm still at work. That way I process what I have to do to get there and think about how great I will feel after a workout. It works like a charm!" — Angelica

For more great tips keep reading.

  • "I keep the schedule to classes at my gym on the refrigerator." —ghettofashnista
  • "If I am really feeling unmotivated, I just tell myself I'll go and walk for a little bit. I always end up doing more than I intended and feel a lot better after!" — azdmelissa
  • "I rent seasons of addictive TV shows on DVD and am only allowed to watch them at the gym. That way I have to go to the gym if I want to see the next episode!" — onlysourcherry
  • GlowingMoon says, "There's no need for me to motivate myself to exercise. I enjoy (and crave) it. I love the adrenaline I get from it, and I think my body is hooked on it. I exercise about three to four times a week, and I look forward to exercise days. I crave my exercise fix."
  • "If you really need a crazy amount of motivation to do something, then maybe it isn't for you. I cannot for the life of me motivate myself to attend workout classes of most kinds, but will run a 20k at the drop of a hat, or swim solidly for an hour, or jump rope for 40mins. If you don't get a buzz at the prospect of an activity, then choose one which does give you that sense of anticipation, and I swear you'll be halfway there in terms of loving exercise!" — ticamorena
  • "I sign up for 5K and 10K races a few months in advance. When I'm lying in bed in the morning, and considering not getting up, I think about the race that I've already paid for, and how much I need to train for it." — benhelld
  • ChelsKW says, "I started doing a weekly Aqua Fit class with my friend. The thought of being in a bikini on Monday gets my butt to the gym all week long."
  • "If I'm really desperate I'll pull out a swimsuit and leave it somewhere visible like the bedroom door knob . . . it's just a few months away!" — briannaNicole
  • "Honestly? I'll either go on here, or find inspiration often from a picture or TV show. The sight of someone else fit, healthy, and toned makes me want to run a few miles and lift some weights!" — russianmuse
  • "My primary motivation is my health. But if worrying about keeping diabetes at bay doesn't work, then I think about the great progress I've made over the past year and how I don't want to back track at all. Setting more goals helps, too. I am so close to getting through the 100 push-ups program that I can't wait to be proud of myself for finishing it. And then there's the guilt I get when I skip workouts. I can't stand facing that!" — insanitypepper
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seraudrey seraudrey 7 years
go to and sign up for Team Beachbody's fit community
cowboyplus cowboyplus 7 years
i totally agree with GlowingMoon! i love the way it feels and the way it makes me feel, so that's enough motivation.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I totally agree with sleeping in workout clothes. Seriously, there is no excuse once you're already dressed!
cali_student cali_student 7 years
I liked the comment from onlysourcherry because I do that with new music. If I download a new album or song I only let myself hear it on my ipod while working out. It also keeps me from getting sick of my workout playlist too quickly.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
FYI---Yes, I do sleep in my sports bra and no, it isn't uncomfortable because I'm only a 32A. If I were bigger on top, I'd probably just leave the sports bra down in the bathroom with the rest of my workout gear.
Melinda-Neely Melinda-Neely 7 years
Sign up for events. Challenge your friends. But most of all, do something you like.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
maybe it depends on the bra and/or your chest size? i find getting dressed is half the battle. i would feel silly taking off my gym clothes without sweating them up first! during the week, i sleep in my workout clothes since i get up at 5:30 to hit the gym before work (i find the after work crowds frustrating). on the weekends, i put on my gym clothes when i wake up. i don't always exercise right away, but they can't come off until i've sweated in them!
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i agree, sleeping in a sports bra sounds uncomfortable and down right painful
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