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Staying motivated to exercise

Staying motivated to exercise

16 Jan 2024 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

Deciding to get more active is great, but once you start, it’s important (and challenging) to keep it up. Here are a few tips you can use to stay motivated.
• Invite a friend
A great way of finding the motivation to be active is to schedule in time with a friend, family member or colleague for physical activity. This can help make the activity something to look forward to. Try going for a walk, jog or fast-paced walk with a friend or loved one, or even play football with your children a few evenings per week.
• Join an exercise class or club
Think about a sport or activity you would like to try out and look for clubs or classes in your area. Most gyms and recreation centers in El Paso hold regular classes which, once you sign up, should help keep you motivated to show up and get going.
• Do what you enjoy
Find activities that you enjoy. If you find you don’t enjoy walking or jogging, try cycling or swimming instead. Understand that you don’t have to find one activity and stick to it. Try sampling different activities or sports until you find something you like. If you become bored of it, move onto something else.
• Make physical activity part of your routine
Building activity into your daily routine can also include much simpler things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work each day or walking to the shops instead of taking the car.
Adding small amounts of physical activity into your daily or weekly routine will bring health benefits.

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