Starting an exercise program is not one of the easiest things to do. But continuing to do an exercise program is probably the hardest of the two.
One tip is to make a friendly wager with a group of friends. Each of you have to workout together, and if you miss a workout you have to pay all the other members the wager amount. So if you make it $20 and you have 3 friends in the group and you miss a workout, you would have to pay $60 for each workout you miss.
The point of this is to stay motivated. If it costs you $60 for each workout you miss, you’re going to be motivated not to miss one.
The way to exercise regularly is to make it a habit. It takes about 30 days to form a new habit. So if you can exercise for 30 days then you can make it a habit and then it will stick with you for the rest of your life.
One way to get started is get up an extra 30 minutes early in the morning and go for a jog. Jog for 15 minutes from your house and at the 15 minute mark, turn around and jog back. That’s your exercise for the day and you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. Add 5 – 10 pound weights to your wrists and ankles to add a little resistance to your jog.
You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. You can do bodyweight exercises where you use your own body weight to provide the resistance for you. Common bodyweight exercises you are familiar with are push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. The nice thing about these exercises is they are free. You don’t need any exercise equipment to do them.
You can get an exercise ball. I have a big red exercise ball that I stare at almost all day long as I sit next to my computer. Using it for just 5-10 minutes doing sit ups makes my abs ache. I do 3 sets of 12-15 reps and get my abs burning like no other ab workout I’ve done. And the soreness is there for 2-3 days afterwards. Having played football in high school, I always liked the soreness accompanied by a tough game so using the exercise ball gives me a feeling of having done something healthy. And the only way to get rid of that soreness is to do more workouts so that keeps me doing the reps every other day. That’s what I use for motivation. Get an exercise ball and do the workouts. You can find several sample exercise ball workouts online.
Once you exercise for 30 days and make it a new habit, you won’t have any more problems with motivation as you will feel the benefits of exercising for those 30 days. You’ll have lower stress levels. You won’t have feelings of depression. You’ll have more confidence. And once you have those, you won’t have any problems exercising regularly anymore.