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Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

December 18, 2014 | Uncategorized

Are you starting a new exercise routine and need some motivation? Or, have you been working out regularly, but find your enthusiasm is waning?

Here, the team at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants shares some creative ways to motivate yourself to work out. Try one or all, and let us know in the comments what works for you!

Promise Yourself a Tangible Reward

Psychologists believe a great way to motivate yourself to work out is to promise yourself a tangible reward (but don’t make it junk-food related!). After a workout, treat yourself to a delicious green juice, or an episode of your favorite television show. Doing this regularly will eventually help the motivation become intrinsic. Your brain will begin to link the behavior (working out) with the tangible reward (e.g., new magazine, smoothie). Over time, the workout itself may become the reward and you may no longer want the treat.

Decorate with Positive Affirmations

Post inspirational fitness messages or images around your home or workspace. For example, choose an encouraging fitness-related quote, or pictures of a piece of clothing you want to buy when you hit your goal weight. These messages will deliver the mental cues your brain needs to get into workout mode.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Set a calendar event on your smartphone or office computer to hit the gym or go for a brisk walk. Think of it as an appointment you must keep. You can even set reminders leading up to the “appointment” so you don’t forget or do not become tempted to back out.

Or, use the popular Pact app, available free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. With this app, you make a weekly goal to exercise regularly or eat better. You also set an amount of money you will pay other Pact members if you don’t reach your goal. You use the Pact app to track your progress, and when you meet your goals, you earn actual cash from other Pact members. (If you don’t meet your goals, you must pay up!)

Invest in Quality Gear

Wearing attractive, comfortable and functional gear can be a motivating factor in getting to the gym or track for your workout. While you might need to buy a few outfits or pairs of shoes at first, the investment will pay off when you find yourself eager for an opportunity to wear your gear.

Is Your Weight Making It Difficult to Exercise?

If you struggle with being overweight or obese, or your weight limits you from enjoying exercise or other physical activities, you might want to consider weight loss surgery with the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants team. Please call us at (713) 535-9903 or send us an email today to learn more about surgery and how it can improve your quality of life.

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