How to Get Motivated to Exercise – and Stay Motivated!

Knowing how to get motivated to exercise – and stay motivated to exercise! – is the first step to achieving your weight loss goals. Well – setting weight loss goals is the first step to achieving your weight loss goals – and that’s what these tips are all about.

Before the tips, a quip:

“I have gained and lost the same ten pounds so many times over and over again, my cellulite must have déjà vu.” ~ Jane Wagner.

Many dieters lose and gain weight repeatedly over the years, which is why dieting doesn’t work. If you haven’t tried a master cleanse, read Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days.

And, here are five ways to get and stay motivated to lose weight…

How to Get Motivated to Exercise – and Stay Motivated!

1. Create a weight loss plan. “Those moving aimlessly through life are unlikely to end up suddenly starting a new business or losing a significant amount of weight,” writes Richard Wiseman in 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute. “Successful participants broke their overall goal into a series of sub-goals and thereby created a step-by-step process that helped remove the fear and hesitation associated with trying to achieve a major life change. These plans were especially powerful when the sub-goals were concrete, measurable, and time-based.” To get and get and stay motivated to exercise, you need to set specific weight loss goals.

2. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers. You’ll be less likely to fall back on old, unhealthy eating habits if you go public with your plans to achieve your weight loss goals. Psychology research shows that the greater the public declaration, the more motivated people are to achieve their goals. Sharing your weight loss plan will help you get and stay motivated to exercise because they’ll support you when you falter – and can even make your exercise plans seem easier! Research from the University of Plymouth shows that when people are at the bottom of a hill with friends, they estimate that it’s easier to climb than if they’re alone.

3. Keep reminding yourself of the benefits of exercising and losing weight. “When looking at weight loss, successful participants might remark on how good they will look and feel  when they drop a dress size, whereas unsuccessful participants might talk about how not losing weight will mean continued unhappiness about their appearance,” writes Wiseman in 59 Seconds. One of the best tips for increasing exercise motivation – and losing weight – is to look forward to a positive future!

4. Put your weight loss goals in writing. I can’t express the importance of putting your goals in writing! I’ve read over and over again how crucial it is to write your goals down, especially if you need to know how to get motivated to exercise. Putting your weight loss goals on paper solidifies them in your head, and increases the chances you’ll lose weight successfully. Make a list of each of your sub-goals. For instance, if you want to lose 50 pounds in total, create a weight loss plan that sets milestones every five pounds.

5. Reward yourself every time you achieve a sub-goal. “As part of their planning, successful participants ensured that each of their sub-goals had a reward attached to it,” writes Wiseman in 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute. “Often it was something small, and it never conflicted with the major goal itself (no going on a binge of chocolate bars to celebrate a week of healthy eating), but nevertheless it gave them something to look forward to and provided a sense of achievement.”

What do you think of these tips for how to get motivated to exercise and lose weight? I welcome your comments below!

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3 thoughts on “How to Get Motivated to Exercise – and Stay Motivated!”

  1. I’m glad to see that you focused on diet and exercise as a coordinated effort.

    It would also be beneficial to monitor RMR,BMI, and calories burned. Online calculators for these are available to make these calculations easy. Just enter age, weight, height and activities you have done during the day. The calculator will do the rest and tell you how many calories you use for the whole day and when at rest. This could help you to know how to adjust your diet to either gain weight or lose weight.

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Yes, thanks for that tip, Alison! I agree.

    And, I think it’s good to know how other people get motivated to exercise and lose weight. What works for them might work for me…

  3. For me the most important tip is to find a diet and physical exercise that fits your lifestyle. This will make it so much easier to stick to your weight loss regime in the long run!