Top Ten Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout

Everybody wants to get in better shape it seems and there are tons of methods to achieve that. From visiting the Top Ten Home Workout Programs on this site to joining a commercial gym, to building your own workout space at home, the options are nearly unlimited.

The problem, however, isn't the destination, it's the first step. Then the second. Then the next thousand. It's keeping motivated to say no to that doughnut and to say yes to that green smoothie.

Below are the best ways to keep motivated to get in better health.
The Top Ten
1 Discover your "why"

Knowing the real "why" behind your journey is key to staying on track. Something like "I want to be healthier" or "to live longer" won't cut it. Those are results. Delve past the "what" and the "how" to figure out your real "why."

2 Get a support group

There are plenty of websites dedicated to providing support for diet and fitness. Find friends or family who can join you on your journey.

3 Keep your music playlist changing

Nothing is less motivating than a stale playlist on your iPod. It's supposed to get you hyped. It even did once, but now it's predictable and boring. Keep the music changing, and that will keep you on your toes.

This is a good one. I've found that running to the same songs actually slows you down and weakens you. Update your iPod/MP3, and you'll find that your mood changes, your spirits rise, and your motivation to keep going soars.

Metal works well, but I've got to keep my metal playlist changing.

4 Follow a professional

Find a blog, a vlog, or an in-person trainer who can help direct you and take the guesswork out of the steps lying ahead of you.

5 Stick to a routine

Sometimes you have to fake it till you make it. Finding a routine that you refuse to waver on can make the difference between staying on track and falling off.

6 Motivational movies

Find a movie, short film, or some form of entertainment that gets you pumped up and motivated to better your life and health.

7 Educate yourself

Without knowing what you're doing, it will be hard to keep doing it. Educate yourself on just how being healthy will be to your advantage.

8 Set goals for yourself

If you can make working out and eating healthy into a game, then it'll be easier for you to win. Set goals you have to meet by the end of the day, week, or month. Make them achievable and make them fun.

9 Document your journey

Almost nothing is better than looking back at a successful journey and seeing what you've had to overcome and how far you've come. Whether it's video, audio, or typed, however you choose to chronicle your journey, make sure you are honest and thorough.

10 Use supplements

It may not seem like motivation, but using a pre-workout supplement and a post-workout protein powder may help keep you energized and on a schedule to keep working.

The Contenders
11 Find an activity you enjoy
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