6 tips to keep you motivated for exercise

Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Exercise is good for your health. You probably have heard that before.

But finding the motivation to start or maintain an can be challenging. Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael Joyner has six tips to help keep you moving.

Sometimes, it's hard to get off the couch and exercise.

"The important thing is to do something. And to also not permit what you cannot do - or what you're afraid of doing - to interfere with what you can do," Joyner says.

No.1: Again, start with what you can do.

"Whether it's walking, riding a bike, in the pool."

No. 2: Don't think you have to run a marathon or be an .

"People start to see benefits in terms of their health with as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day."

No. 3: Build exercise into your day. Take the stairs or park in the back of the parking lot.

No. 4: Schedule exercise into your day as if it were an appointment.

No. 5: Get a workout buddy.

And No. 6, which is key: ...

"... Don't set unrealistic goals and get into a cycle of, 'I'm not meeting my goals. I'm a failure; therefore, I'll stop.'"

And remember, anytime you at any level, you're doing something good for your health.

Explore further

Getting back on track with exercise

©2017 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Citation: 6 tips to keep you motivated for exercise (2017, July 28) retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-07-tips-to-keep-you-motivated.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments