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How to Get Moving, Keep Fit, and Remain Motivated

Apr 25, 2008
The hardest part of getting into good shape and staying there is motivation. Our inspiration to stay in shape changes with the seasons. We have holidays to consider, cold winter days, and all of those gadgets of convenience which keep us from maintaining a daily routine or exercise. However, we really should be wise about the way inactivity affects our bodies and our health.

Diabetes, heart disease, and strokes are just a few of the medical conditions which can arise from idleness. But there is good news! Recent research has shown without any doubt that these affects can be stopped or reversed simply by switching from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Exercise on its own, without making any particular change in your diet can reduce the risks of the diseases previously mentioned so by doing whatever you can to increase your motivation has to be of benefit to you. You could try listening to music whilst taking a run, or find some form of exercise which you like and enjoy doing and set aside a particular time of day to do these activities. This will help you to keep motivated. By creating a pattern for your exercise your body will soon become used to it.

Your mind has the ability to create ideas which lead to positive actions and such actions can help you to lead a strong, happy and healthy life. Just talking positive to yourself can work wonders for your motivation levels and even looking at recent improvements for example, a slimmer waist line, will keep you going. Self encouragement has to be the ultimate motivation and you will have no-one to thank except yourself.

If you want to change your body shape, fitness motivation is essential and this will require you to create a fitness motivation plan. For men, goal setting and presenting challenges works best and a change of scenery and some fresh air may be the key to get you motivated. Remind yourself of the rewards you will reap if you continue especially at times when you feel like giving up. Not only will you be more confident and possess self esteem but you will also rid yourself of anxiety, stress and depression.

Sometimes just the idea of a better sexual performance is enough to keep the motivation in place. Set yourself realistic goals because if they are too difficult you will soon feel defeated and be tempted to give in. When you achieve an appropriate goal you will get such a boost and feeling of satisfaction, this in itself creates even more motivation.

Vary your exercise routine, make it fun to do and if you want to ensure you keep up the exercising ask someone to go along with you. This is a sure way of you sticking to the routine you have set.

If you do not know much about fitness in general you could always consider hiring a personal trainer, a professional who knows what he or she is doing. Your trainer will customize a routine just for you and concentrate on the areas which need working on in order to maximize the results you achieve. Of course, before laying out the money to employ a personal trainer, you need to be committed to really going for it. Check out some fitness blogs on the internet - there are new ones added more or less daily and most make for good reading.

Remember to make your exercise regime as interesting as possible. Set achievable goals, adds things to make your training more enjoyable such as challenges or ask someone to go along with you. These are all ways of staying motivated. Get moving, keep fit and remain motivated. What are you waiting for?
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of My-Personal-Growth.com, a site that provides information and articles for self improvement and personal growth and development.
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