Are you finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning for your daily walk — and are you making up excuses to skip the gym on the way home?
Even the most dedicated exercisers occasionally get bored with their routine. Waning motivation, cutting short and not having your old enthusiasm are signs of a stale exercise regimen. But that doesn’t mean you can’t re-energize your routine.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has worked out the following 10 tips for staying motivated to stay active.
Vary your routine or change your scenery!
A new variation on your favorite activity — cardio kickboxing instead of Step aerobics; power yoga instead of working on machines — may be enough to reinvigorate a stale routine. If you’ve always exercised indoors, move your workout outside for a welcome change of scenery.
Try something entirely new!
Make it something you never dreamed you’d do. If you’ve always stuck to solitary pursuits, sign up for a team sport. Or tackle something you’ve shied away from… maybe even rock climbing!
Find a workout buddy!
Exercise companions add a social element to any routine. Ask a friend to be your workout partner
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