Looking For Workout Motivation? Look No Further!

May 24, 2017

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Tips to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), healthy adults should be engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (or some combination of both) per week.

Luckily, here at UNH there are plenty of opportunities offered to students and staff to keep you active! Yet, many of us still run into the problem of finding motivation to workout, or keeping our workout motivation over time. Not to worry, here is a list of ways to encourage and excite yourself to stay active:

  • Find a workout buddy: Having someone depend on you, or depending on someone else, to help encourage you and push you through your workout could be that last bit of incentive you need!
  • Set up a workout schedule: Finding a routine that works well for you and sticking to it can make you feel more obligated to keep up with and achieve your fitness goals
  • Try group fitness classes:  Participating in group exercise classes may make you feel more accountable to attend the class or having someone observing your workout (fellow classmates or the instructor) can give you that extra motivation to push your limits.
  • Start your day in your gym clothes: Being in your workout clothes all day gives you even less of an excuse to skip your workout, NO EXCUSES!
  • Switch up your workout: For many people the same thing can get boring and repetitive, leading people to think of physical activity as a chore. Keeping your workout fun and different can help you enjoy your workouts!
  • Track your progress: Keeping track of your progress can remind you where you started, where you are, and where you’d like to be. Setting short term and long term goals can give you something to work towards, and when you reach them a sense of accomplishment.

Remember, working out should not feel like a chore, so remember to incorporate fun into your workouts. Who knows, you might actually begin to enjoy being physically active!

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